Baked Meatballs

Baked Meatballs

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This week’s Lunch Ninja features a recipe I’ve been coming back to over and over this year: baked meatballs. I often whip up a batch or two on a Sunday and then get them in the freezer (they keep really well). You can add them to a lunch box, throw them in a pasta sauce or even make a meatball sammie (Holy Yum!). I particularly like the fact that they are far less messy to make than fried meatballs – you just throw away the used parchment, rinse your baking sheet and you’re done. My kids love this kind of finger food in their lunches and I almost never get these coming back to me at the end of the day (what I call success in a school lunch). If you want to see it in action, watch the video!


photo by Maya Visnyei

Baked Meatballs


  • (makes 12 - 18 meatballs)
  • 1 pound ground beef (you could swap out turkey if you prefer)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Panko or regular bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • small handful of fresh parsley, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Get out a rimmed baking sheet and line it with parchment.

Whisk your egg and add the cheese and Panko and blend well.

Now add the meat, garlic, onions, and seasoning.

Mix it all together really well.

Roll the meat mixture into balls about an inch and a half across.

Place on your lined baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each meatball.

Bake for 30 minutes.


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  1. Shelley
    April 24, 11:24 Reply

    I have made meatballs by dropping the balls in papered muffin cups. They are not really “balls” but so easy!!! and if you want to add to sauce or sandwiches, just remove the paper.

  2. Ceri
    April 24, 14:40 Reply

    Hi Shelley,
    Great idea – plus it creates less mess which I’m always a fan of. Thanks so much for reading!

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