Healthy Baked Meatballs

Published on Jul 17, 2013
Updated on Jun 29, 2018

Healthy Baked Meatballs // These homemade meatballs are SO good - you'll never want pre-packaged again! | Tried and TastyThe other day I ran to the grocery store in a hurry to get a meal thrown together and I just needed to grab a few things. Meatballs were on the list. I figured I’d just pick up a bag, and that would make the meal go so much faster. Pump the brakes. Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of pre-packaged meatballs? Oh my lanta. They are horrible. Since I’ve become a label looker in the past six months, it’s really important that I don’t pump my body full of unnecessary and yucky “chemicals” and ingredients. It took all of about .02 seconds to decide that I wasn’t buying the pre-made meatballs. I was making my own. I then remembered several months back that I’d pinned a few meatballs recipes. When I read this one I was ecstatic… it suggested grass-fed beef! After much research, back in March, my husband and I actually purchased part of a cow… 100% grass fed! Obviously – you don’t HAVE to have that, it’s just a bonus if you do ;) These meatballs are fantastic! Try ’em.

Healthy Baked Meatballs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Yvonne

These Healthy Baked Meatballs meatballs are SO easy and flavorful! Parmesan, whole wheat bread crumbs, and basil form the foundation for these delights.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hamburger (grass-fed if possible)
  • 2 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 c. whole wheat bread crumbs*
  • 1 small onion minced or grated (1/2 a large onion)
  • 1/4 c. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients . Form into golf ball sized (2-3 in.) meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 cents]
I've made these a couple of times. The first ones without the eggs and milk, and the second ones with the eggs and milk. Both were delicious! I think the perfect combo would be the eggs without the milk... that's what I'll attempt next! Also, it's SUPER easy to make your own bread crumbs instead of buying pre-made. All you have to do is broil 2 slices of whole wheat bread on high until golden brown. Then flip and broil the other side. Once the bread is "toasted" let cool for several minutes and then pulverize in a food processor. Works like a charm!

Adapted from Cook with Honey

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 922mg 38%
Potassium 323mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 21.3%
Vitamin C 27.5%
Calcium 28.1%
Iron 30.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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14 comments about “Healthy Baked Meatballs

  1. Hannah

    This is almost identical to the way my Italian grandmothers make meatballs, delish!! and yes, they bake them too!!

    1. Yvonne

      Cool! I love how much heritage you have in your recipes. I hope that I will be able to have recipes that I can hand down for generations to come too :)

    1. Yvonne

      You should definitely try them out – they are SO easy and so much better for you! If you do, let me know what you think!

  2. audra1979

    Meatballs are great for several meals – I think I need to make a bunch and freeze some! Thanks for the recipe! [Now I want a homemade meatball sub!]

    1. Yvonne

      Making a bunch and freezing them is an EXCELLENT idea!!! I actually made mini meatball sliders the first time I made these – so yummy!!

    1. Yvonne

      Right?! It was AWESOME!!! We got all different cuts and have a huge variety in our freezer. Love it!! It’s super healthy, well, because of our research and the local farm we chose. But yes! Grocery stores do sell grass-fed! I know Harmons for sure and also Target. But I must warn you, it’s a little pricey… but oh so worth it!!

    2. Rosalie R.

      My local Stop n Shop sells free range grass fed beef, which is all I buy. It’s so much better for us ( and for the cow while he is alive).

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