Basic Meatballs

I eat a lot of ground beef and ground turkey because it's cheap and easy to prep. But even I get bored of taco style spices once in a while (shocking, I know). So when I feel like shaking it up on prep day, these meatballs are a delish go-to. You can eat these right off the pan like I do, or add them to your favorite pasta. The flavors go with just about anything. 

Couple notes. I pan sear them before baking because I like the flavor that the crispy edges add, but if you are feeling lazy you don't NEED to do this step. I'd also recommend chopping your onion slightly finer than I did in these photos (meatball stays together better). I was literally streaming tears and couldn't see a thing because onions get me all emotional every time, so I decided they were good enough. 


Time Allotment: 

5 minute prep | 5-8 minute sear time | 22-25 minute bake time


  • Lean ground beef or ground turkey

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 white onion, chopped finely

  • 4 whole-wheat crackers, crumbled

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic

  • Parsley


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix with your hands. You'll notice I didn't give measurements for spices, it's honestly best just to do a dusting of each, no exact amount needed.

  3. Roll into desired size balls, and sear edges in pan.

  4. Transfer from pan to foil lined baking pan.

  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until no longer pink when you cut into one.

  6. Enjoy! Like I said, you can eat these with pretty much any sides, so use them for those "I don't feel like thinking" dinners.