Light and Easy Recipes and Meal Ideas


Calories: 256

There are no extra special ingredients in these lean ground beef meatballs - but they are still delish. I find them to be way better than ground turkey or chicken meatballs. I used Trader Joe's 96% lean ground beef for these. But I've also seen 96% lean ground beef at Target and Aldi.


For best results, don't overmix. Ground beef can become dense and tough if you over mix it. Give the ingredients just a gentle mix until combined to give the meatballs a more crumbly bite. 


Recipe for Marinara Sauce here.


Recipe makes 20 meatballs (5 servings). 4 meatballs per serving.

Yield/Servings: 5 Serving Size: 4 meatballs Total Cook/Prep time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef (96% lean)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • that's it.


Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined

Heat a large pan on the stovetop (medium heat)

Form the meat into 20 - one and a half inch balls (about the size of a golf ball)

If the mixture is sticky, wet your hands with water and they will be easier to form

Place the meatballs into the pan and sautee about 15 - 18 minutes (rotating as you go)

Test to be sure the meat is cooked through

Place on a platter or dish and cover with marinara sauce and fresh basil. Or you can store these, make sandwiches, or enjoy them however else you would like.

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