The Ultimate Meatball Round-Up: 42 Recipes from Around the World

Discover a world of meatball possibilities! From classic spaghetti and meatballs to savory meatball sub sandwiches, this ultimate meatball round-up has it all. With options like beef, turkey, lamb, venison, vegetarian, vegan, and smoked meatballs, there’s something for every taste. Explore gluten-free, dairy-free, Instant Pot, and slow cooker recipes, including the BEST Ikea copycat recipe. With 42 diverse recipes from around the world, including Asian, Greek, Indian, Mexican, and Italian-inspired cuisines, you’re sure to find a favorite.

Classic Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Few dishes evoke the same sense of comfort as a steaming bowl of spaghetti and meatballs in a rich tomato sauce. Our recipe features traditional beef-based meatballs, first partially cooked in the oven before simmering to perfection in your favorite red sauce. Serve them atop traditional or gluten-free spaghetti or nestle them inside a roll for a mouthwatering meatball sub.  Get the recipe for Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Experience the same meatball magic with a lighter twist by opting for our Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce. Crafted with ground turkey, these meatballs offer all the flavor you crave with a reduced fat content. Get the recipe for Turkey Meatballs.

Baked Shells with Meatball Stuffing

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Pasta shells brim with a delectable combination of cheese and succulent meatballs, crowned with a luscious tomato sauce. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, attending a potluck, or simply seeking to please both young and old palates, this dish fits the bill perfectly. Pair it with a crisp green salad dressed in a tangy vinaigrette for a complete and satisfying meal. Get the recipe for Baked Shells Stuffed with Meatballs.

Quinoa Turkey Meatball Soup

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Our Turkey Quinoa Meatball Soup is a harmonious blend of brothy goodness, boasting the heartiness of ground turkey meatballs and the nutritious addition of quinoa, bound together with a hint of Parmesan cheese. Laden with collard greens, this soup is nutritious, delicious and a bit different. Get the recipe for Turkey Quinoa Meatball Soup.

Smoked Meatballs

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Try a new twist on a classic favorite with Smoked Meatballs. These flavorful appetizers and dinner staples are cooked to perfection with a delicious smoky flavor. Get the recipe.

Ikea Meatball Copycat Recipe

Photo credit: Iryna Bychkiv.

This meatballs and gravy recipe is inspired by Ikea’s famous dish, featuring ground beef and turkey seared until brown and crispy, then simmered in homemade gravy. Get the recipe.

Cheddar Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

Photo credit: Gina Matsoukas.

These tender turkey meatballs are filled with cheddar cheese and Italian seasoning, then simmered in marinara sauce for a simple yet flavorful dinner. The zucchini adds moisture and nutrition. Get the recipe.

Vegan Meatballs

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Who says meatballs need meat? Dive into the rich and juicy flavors of Vegan Meatballs, crafted with plant-based ground ‘meat,’ aromatic herbs, and savory seasonings. Whether served with pasta, on a sub roll, or sprinkled with vegan Parmesan, these meatballs are sure to impress. Get the recipe.

Venison Meatballs

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For a leaner alternative to beef, try Venison Meatballs. These easy-to-make meatballs can be baked or air-fried for a healthier option without sacrificing taste. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Meatballs

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Experience the crispy texture of Air Fryer Meatballs, whether made from fresh or frozen meat. In just 10 minutes, you’ll enjoy perfectly cooked and incredibly tasty meatballs that rival even your grandmother’s fried version. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Meatballs

Photo credit: Beth Neels.

Satisfy your taste buds with Cranberry Meatballs, a delightful appetizer bursting with tart, sweet, and fruity flavors. Made gluten and dairy-free, these meatballs are infused with orange juice and zest for an extra depth of flavor. Get the recipe.

Mushroom Meatballs

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Enjoy the best vegetarian “meatballs” based on mushrooms. Ready in just 45 minutes, these meatballs are a delicious and easy-to-make option for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Get the recipe.

Caldo de Albóndigas

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Caldo de albóndigas is a Mexican soup made with soft meatballs simmered in a brothy tomato sauce along with vegetables. This dish is a staple in many Mexican households and is also commonly served in homestyle restaurants. Get the recipe.

Albondigas en Chipotle Sauce

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This comforting dish features spicy and smoky flavors. It’s perfect for a cozy night in and pairs well with rice, noodles, bread, or tortillas. Get the recipe.

Baked Mustard Chicken Meatballs

Photo credit: Iryna Bychkiv.

These baked mustard chicken meatballs are made with ground chicken, rice, and spices, baked in a creamy mustard sauce. The recipe yields plenty of meatballs, making it ideal for satisfying hungry families. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

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A classic favorite made even easier with the Instant Pot. With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy delicious spaghetti and meatballs in less than an hour. Reduced cooking time and fewer dishes mean more time to enjoy with loved ones. Get the recipe.

Italian Meatball Marinara Subs

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Italian meatball marinara subs are a delicious treat, featuring homemade meatballs, fresh marinara sauce, and fluffy brioche buns. These sandwiches make a tasty lunch or dinner option, perfect for busy weeknights.  Get the recipe.

Baked Turkey Meatballs

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Moist and flavorful baked turkey meatballs that are quick and easy to make at home, ready in about 30 minutes. These meatballs are perfect as appetizers, snacks, or the main dish, making them ideal for quick weeknight dinners.  Get the recipe.

Albondigas de Pollo

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Albondigas de Pollo (Chicken Meatball Soup) captures the authentic taste of Mexico with tender chicken and rice meatballs simmered in a rich, tomato-infused broth. A must-try dish for lovers of Mexican cuisine. Get the recipe.

Roasted Tomato and Meatball Polenta

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A quick and easy weeknight dinner featuring creamy polenta, classic meatballs, and juicy tomatoes for a comforting and flavorful meal. Get the recipe.

Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs

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Quick, easy, and delicious homemade meatballs that are both dairy-free and egg-free. These allergy-friendly baked meatballs are kid-friendly and husband-approved, making them a hit at the dinner table. Get the recipe.

Meatballs and Rice

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This meatballs and rice recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners, featuring juicy baked meatballs paired with creamy gravy and fluffy rice. This warm and comforting meal is ready in just 30 minutes. Get the recipe.

Easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs (Party Finger Food!)

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These easy sweet & sour meatballs are perfect for entertaining, requiring minimal cooking time so you can spend more time with your guests. Get the recipe.

The BEST Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

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A filling and hearty soup featuring chicken meatballs made from scratch, paired with acini de pepe pasta. This traditional Italian soup is bursting with fresh flavors and is sure to become a family favorite. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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A healthier version of a favorite party snack, these slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs are sure to be a hit with your guests. Get the recipe.

Easy Recipe of Lamb Kofta Curry Pakistani Style

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Lamb Kofta Curry is a delicious dish that pairs well with naan bread, roti/chapati, pitta bread, flatbread, or rice. Enjoy this flavorful meatball curry for a hearty and satisfying meal. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs

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These Instant Pot Asian Meatballs are quick and easy to make, featuring ground beef, rice, and a delicious Asian-inspired sauce. Perfect for busy weeknight meals. Get the recipe.

Curry Meatballs

Photo credit: Elaine Benoit.

Curry works well with rice, rice noodles or noodles, as shown here. Spiced just right, these soft and succulent meatballs are a delicious and nutritious meal. Get the recipe.

Swedish Meatballs with Sour Cream Sauce

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Moist and tender meatballs swimming in a savory sour cream sauce, served with zoodles for a delightful meal. Get the recipe.

Bourbon Meatballs Appetizer

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These bourbon meatballs are a delicious and scrumptious appetizer, featuring succulent meatballs paired with a flavorful bourbon sauce. Get the recipe.

Vegan Italian Black Bean Meatballs

Photo credit: Gina Matsoukas.

Italian flavored black bean meatballs that are hearty and delicious, perfect for serving over pasta or zoodles with your favorite marinara sauce. Get the recipe.

Succulent Greek Lamb Meatballs

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This recipe for Greek lamb meatballs is both simple and consistently yields juicy results. Serve these lamb meatballs in various ways – opt for a straightforward approach with tzatziki sauce, rice, and a light tomato salad drizzled with olive oil or a dollop of Greek yogurt. Alternatively, create a Mediterranean spread featuring hummus, whipped lemon feta, olives, Greek cucumber salad, and air fryer pita chips. These meatballs also make a delightful addition to a Mezze platter for a satisfying appetizer! Get the recipe.

Hawaiian Roll Meatball Sliders

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One taste of these Hawaiian roll meatball sliders and you’ll be hooked! These baked meatball sliders layer Hawaiian sweet rolls with juicy meatballs, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, creating the ultimate cheesy mini meatball subs that are sure to please the entire family. If you enjoy similar flavors, consider trying sausage and peppers baked in the oven, another delicious Italian sandwich option. Get the recipe.

Keto Italian Meatball Casserole

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This Italian Meatball Casserole offers a hassle-free dinner solution, with your crockpot handling all the heavy lifting. Simply combine ground beef, coconut flour, cheeses, and spices; within a few hours, you’ll have a hearty yet low-carb keto meatball casserole. Perfect for family dinners, game days, and gatherings with friends! Get the recipe.

Keto Turkey Meatballs

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For a healthy, low-carb twist on traditional meatballs, try these keto turkey meatballs. Serve them with marinara sauce, BBQ sauce, or buffalo sauce for a tasty appetizer! Get the recipe.

Cheesy Meatball Casserole

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A crowd-pleaser at any dinner table, this Cheesy Meatball Casserole boasts rich, hearty flavors that will have everyone coming back for seconds.  Get the recipe.

Crockpot Mozzarella Stuffed BBQ Keto Meatballs

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Indulge in these delectable Mozzarella Stuffed BBQ Keto Meatballs, effortlessly prepared by simmering them in sugar-free BBQ sauce in your slow cooker. Ideal for meals or appetizers at parties and gatherings, this keto-friendly recipe promises tender and flavorful meatballs.  Get the recipe.

Porcupine Meatballs

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Porcupine meatballs are a beloved classic dish featuring rice mixed in with the meat, which pokes out like porcupine quills as they cook. This dish offers a convenient combination of meatballs and rice, making it incredibly easy to prepare. Serve with tomato sauce, gravy, or your preferred sauce. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

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Tender, flavorful, and versatile, meatballs are a beloved dish in many cultures. And using a slow cooker to prepare them yields exceptional results, with each bite infused with deep, savory flavors from simmering in a rich tomato sauce. Get the recipe.

Teriyaki Meatballs

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Glazed with a luscious teriyaki sauce, these tender, juicy meatballs provide a tantalizing twist on the classic recipe – perfect for weeknight dinners or party appetizers. Get the recipe.

Vegan White Bean Meatballs with Mojo Sauce

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Walnut and White Bean Meatballs with Mojo Sauce! These meaty, vegan meatballs offer an explosion of flavor and texture, featuring tender walnut and white bean meatballs, chewy white rice, crispy plantain chips, and charred onions, all drenched in a garlicky, citrusy mojo sauce. Get the recipe for Vegan White Bean Meatballs with Mojo Sauce

Cheesy Quinoa With Meatballs

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This quick recipe for Cheesy Quinoa with Meatballs takes advantage of prepared meatballs for a convenient shortcut. Loaded with cheese and packed with proteins, this gluten-free dish is sure to be a hit with the kids and adults alike. Get the recipe for Cheesy Quinoa With Meatballs.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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