51 Juicy Meatball Recipes That Are Simple Enough for Any Weeknight Dinner

From pork to beef and more, there are so many ways to make these!

two air fryer meatball subs on a blue platter
Mike Garten

Spaghetti-and-meatballs is a family dinner winner, but wait until you see all of the other delicious things you can do with ground meat (or veggies!) and a little creativity. From healthy chicken meatballs to spicy pork meatballs to balls made out of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing, these are the best meatball recipes for any night of the week.

While you might think that the meaty rounds are an American weeknight dinner staple that's often paired with pasta recipes and a homemade tomato sauce, it turns out there's practically a version for every country. Meatballs are enjoyed worldwide, ranging from Spanish albondigas and Dutch bitterballen to kofte, which are eaten from India to Morocco. Their international popularity is not surprising — the juicy, tender morsels are the perfect accompaniment to sauces, sandwiches or even served all on their own at the end of a toothpick.

Before you get to rolling, here is some of our best advice for meatball-making: Sample your ball mixture before cooking. There's nothing worse than cooking an entire batch only to realize it's under or over-seasoned after it's too late. Simply sear a small piece of your mixture in a skillet until cooked through and take a bite to test for proper seasoning. Easy! And for the most tender meatballs ever, avoid overworking them when mixing with egg and breadcrumbs. Stick to a light stir until the ingredients are just combined. Looking to please vegan or vegetarian eaters? Swap in plant-based ground “meat” for beef or lamb without sacrificing flavor. Meatballs: They're truly a treat everyone can enjoy.

gingery pork meatball sub with a side of dipping sauce
Danielle Daly
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Gingery Pork Meatball Subs

Toss 5-ingredient meatballs with sweet chili sauce for a vibrant, flavorful sub you can make on a weeknight. Sandwiches for dinner, anyone?

Get the Gingery Pork Meatball Subs recipe.

meatballs on a white plater
Mike Garten
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Here's a delicious way to use up leftover cranberry sauce: Turn it into a tangy glaze for store-bought cocktail meatballs.

Get the Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe.

mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs served with spaghetti
Mike Garten
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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

We used lean turkey instead of beef so we could stuff these babies with cheese. It's all about balance, right?

Get the Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs recipe.

moroccan meatballs on a plate
Mike Garten
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Moroccan-Inspired Meatballs

Roasted meatballs, tomatoes and chickpeas make a filling feast served over couscous, but they are also delicious stuffed into pita sandwiches.

Get the Moroccan Meatballs recipe.

two air fryer meatball subs on a plater
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Meatball Sub

Best part of this dreamy sandwich? The meatballs and fresh tomato sauce cook in the air fryer at the same time.

Get the Air Fryer Meatball Sub recipe.

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grilled lamb meatballs with penne pasta on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Rosemary Lamb Meatballs

When you need to get fancy with your standard spaghetti and meatballs, it's ground lamb to the rescue.

Get the Grilled Rosemary Lamb Meatballs recipe.

meatballs in a cast iron with green edamame beans
BEATRIZ DA COSTA
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Skillet Meatballs

These herby meatballs are packed with dill, mint and parsley for a light and fresh feast.

Get the Skillet Meatballs recipe.

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meatballs with red sauce on a piece of bread
Mike Garten
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Stuffing Meatballs

Meatballs, meet Thanksgiving. Folding leftover stuffing into this Italian staple makes for the best post-Turkey Day supper.

Get the Stuffing Meatballs recipe.

meatballs coated in red sauce in a white pan
Danielle Daly
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Picadillo Meatballs

Inspired by traditional Latin American Picadillo, these beefy bites get extra flavor from raisins and olives.

Get the Picadillo Meatballs recipe.

meatball hoagies
Mike Garten
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Sriracha Meatball Hoagies

This Asian-inspired riff on a classic Italian sub is on fire thanks to an easy homemade sriracha mayo.

Get the Sriracha Meatball Hoagies recipe.

air fryer meatballs served with spaghetti
Mike Garten
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Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs

Forget frying meatballs on the stovetop (so messy!) or baking them in the oven — air fryer meatballs are a cinch to make and even easier to clean up.

Get the Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs recipe.

meatballs on sliders on a sheet pan
Brian Woodcock
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Slow-Cooker Meatballs

Barely any cooking is required for these sliders. Just let your slow-cooker do the work and get out those buns.

Get the Slow-Cooker Meatballs recipe.

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baked meatballs in a cast iron pan
Mike Garten
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Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake

We're not kidding when we say cheesy: This skillet is loaded with feta and mozzarella.

Get the Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake recipe.

lemon dill chicken meatball soup with sliced carrots in a white pot
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Lemon-Dill Chicken Meatball Soup

This might replace chicken noodle for our favorite sick day eats.

Get the Lemon-Dill Chicken Meatball Soup recipe.

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turkey meatballs in a red sauce and in white pan
Kat Teusch
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Turkey Meatballs

We snuck in some oats and mushrooms for flavor and moisture, but the kids won't even notice.

Get the Turkey Meatballs recipe.

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mini meatballs with garlicky tomatoes on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Mini Meatballs with Garlicky Tomatoes

Instead of boxed breadcrumbs, tear up a fresh baguette for a more tender texture and tasty flavor.

Get the Mini Meatballs with Garlicky Tomatoes recipe.

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beef and lentil meatballs with chipotle sauce served with white rice
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Beef and Lentil Meatballs with Chipotle Sauce

Not your average beef meatballs, these use cumin, coriander and crushed tortilla chips for some Mexican-inspired flavor on your weeknight plate.

Get the Beef and Lentil Meatballs with Chipotle Sauce recipe.

chicken meatball pea soup in a bowl
Mike Garten
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Chicken Meatball Pea Soup

This veggie-packed dish is similar to Italian wedding soup, using nutty, chewy farro instead of pasta.

Get the Chicken Meatball Pea Soup recipe from Woman's Day.

baked pasta with meatballs and spinach in a white baking dish
Tina Rupp
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Baked Pasta with Meatballs and Spinach

Beef and sausage meatballs take this cheesy bake to the next level.

Get the Baked Pasta with Meatballs and Spinach recipe from Woman's Day.

herbed pork meatball and farro salad on a plate
Danielle Daly
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Herbed Pork Meatball and Farro Salad

This hearty grain salad is just as delicious for dinner as it is for lunch the next day.

Get the Herbed Pork Meatball and Farro Salad recipe from Woman's Day.

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spinach and parmesan meatballs in a bowl
Ren Fuller
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Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs

Make these saucy meatballs on a chilly Sunday for an easy, hands-off feast. Don't forget lots of garlic bread for dipping!

Get the Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs recipe from Country Living.

open faced pork meatball sandwich
CHRISTOPHER TESTANI
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Open-Faced Pork Meatball Sandwich

This ricotta, meatball and balsamic onion sandwich proves that messier is better sometimes.

Get the Open-Faced Pork Meatball Sandwich recipe from Woman's Day.

turkey meatball gyro on a white plate
Chris Court
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Turkey Meatball Gyro

Go Greek with these 20-minute, super filling pita wraps.

Get the Turkey Meatball Gyro recipe from Woman's Day.

two meatball calzones with broccoli and provolone
Con Poulos
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Meatball Calzones with Broccoli and Provolone

If you've got store-bought pizza dough lying around, this is probably the greatest way to consume last night's leftover meatballs.

Get the Meatball Calzones with Broccoli and Provolone recipe from Woman's Day.

turkey meatball stroganoff on a white plate
Con Poulos
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Turkey Meatball Stroganoff

This leaner turkey stroganoff is, dare way say, even more flavorful than its beefy cousin.

Get the Turkey Meatball Stroganoff recipe from Woman's Day.

mexican style meatballs served with white rice and sour cream
Con Poulos
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Mexican Meatballs

These meatballs are a party for your mouth thanks Mexican-inspired flavors like cilantro, cumin and chipotle chiles.

Get the Mexican Meatballs recipe from Woman's Day.

meatball soup with bok choy
Con Poulos
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Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

Don't underestimate this bowl of broth. Fresh ginger adds a kick to the cleansing dish.

Get the Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy recipe from Woman's Day.

buffalo chicken meatballs with ranch drizzled on top and sliced green onions
Courtesy of How Sweet It Is
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Sorry, chicken wings — you've been replaced!

Get the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe from How Sweet Eats.

mini chicken meatballs with crispy potatoes and romesco on a white plate
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Mini Chicken Meatballs with Crispy Potatoes and Romesco

Why should pasta get all the love? Crispy potatoes for the win.

Get the Mini Chicken Meatballs with Crispy Potatoes and Romesco recipe from Pinch of Yum.

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a closeup of chicken parmesan meatball crostini
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Chicken Parmesan Meatball Crostini

These are just screaming Game Day.

Get the Chicken Parmesan Meatball Crostini recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

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