Easy Homemade Baked Meatballs come together in minutes and taste delicious. Serve with marinara sauce and a side salad for a quick, easy, and filling meal your family will love.

A round aluminum rimmed pan with filled with marinara sauce and meatballs arranged in a circle.

Let’s Have a (Meat)Ball!

One of my favorite meals to throw together are these Easy Homemade Baked Meatballs and a side salad. The meatballs are so perfectly seasoned and filling, they stand up great on their own. Or sometimes I pair them with my favorite marinara sauce if I want things a little more… saucy.

And when I say they’re popular in our house–these babies are gone in a flash! I usually make a double batch!

A white serving bowl of meatballs in marinara sauce.

Easy Italian Food Kids Love

From the moment my kids were eating solids, Italian food was an easy favorite. From homemade pizzas, to mini calzones, to pizza toast, I knew they’d gobble it up. Same with these baked meatballs. They’re so yummy and so quick to get on the table during the week when everything is hectic.

Use your favorite jarred pasta sauce or an easy homemade version. Or serve them plain with dipping sauce and a salad. Either way, it’s a warm, filling, delicious meal that you don’t have to spend a lot of time on.

Baked meatballs on an aluminum baking sheet.

Serve These Baked Meatballs With…

Chopped Caesar Salad

Crisp romaine, salty parmesan and a flavorful dressing tossed with crunchy homemade croutons. This Chopped Caesar Salad is an easy, straight-forward recipe that goes great served next to savory meatballs.

A large white serving bowl filled with caesar salad topped with croutons. Two wooden spoons stick out from under the salad.

5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread

Perfectly crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, this 5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread is just waiting for a smear of butter. And with only five ingredients, it’s surprisingly simple to make and so delicious to eat!

5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread by The BakerMama

What Do I Need to Make Baked Meatballs?

  • Ground beef (I like to use 80/20)
  • Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Garlic salt
  • Dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Simple Marinara Sauce, for serving, if desired
  • Large rimmed baking sheet
  • Nonstick cooking spray
All the ingredients for making homemade baked meatballs in small glass and ceramic dishes on a white marble counter.

How to Make Homemade Baked Meatballs

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the marinara sauce. Shape the meat mixture into 25 (1 tablespoon size) balls.
  • Place the meatballs about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the balls to flatten just slightly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until crispy and browned on the outside, rotating the pan halfway through.
Steps to make baked meatballs.
  • Add the baked meatballs to the simmering marinara sauce. Serve and enjoy!
A white serving bowl of meatballs in marinara sauce.

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If you make these Easy Homemade Baked Meatballs, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Enjoy!

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A round aluminum rimmed pan with filled with marinara sauce and meatballs arranged in a circle.

Easy Homemade Baked Meatballs

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 25 meatballs

Description

Easy Homemade Baked Meatballs come together in minutes and taste delicious. Serve with marinara sauce and a side salad for a quick, easy, and filling meal your family will love.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (I like to use 80/20)
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Simple Marinara Sauce, for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the marinara sauce. Shape the meat mixture into 25 (1 tablespoon size) balls. Place the meatballs about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the balls to flatten just slightly. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crispy and browned on the outside, rotating the pan halfway through.
  3. Add the baked meatballs to the simmering marinara sauce. Serve with a sliced crusty baguette on the side.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. Made these tonight for my family and one, they were SO fast to make and two, everyone ate them up so fast. That’s a dinner home run as far as I’m concerned.

  2. with my meatballs I steam them in the microwave they don’t have overcooked
    you don’t need oil more healthy for you only 2-4 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs

    1. Hi, Peter! Thank you for your comment! I am sure your method is great. However, there is actually no oil in this recipe. Hope this helps!

  3. Even though I haven’t tried the meatballs yet, I’m giving it five stars because your recipes are ALWAYS spot on! ✨

    Question before I make this…
    I cannot eat red meat. What white meat alternative do you suggest, and what would be the baking directions?

    Thank you so much…I’m a tad ‘kitchen-challenged.’ 😉

    1. Hi Nicole! Wow, thank you so much! These meatballs are tried and tasty so I know you’ll love them. I would recommend replacing the beef with either ground turkey or ground chicken. They should bake in 15-20 minutes. Just make sure they’re cooked all the way through with an internal temperature of 165°F. Enjoy!