BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Chances are, if it's a weekday, you're always looking for a quick and easy meal. It's hard to muster up the motivation to cook up an elaborate dish after working all day, and it's totally fine to take the easy route! That's exactly where this BBQ meatballs recipe comes in. Recipe developer and food photographer Petar Marshall is here to share one of his favorite weeknight dinners that's ready in no time. "These BBQ meatballs are truly jam-packed with flavor thanks to the addition of garlic, onion, barbecue sauce, and more," he says. "You can form them in minutes, pop them in the oven, and dinner will be on the table." 

These meatballs feature barbecue sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce mixed directly into the meatball mixture. They're the brushed with additional sauce before serving for great moisture and flavor. Prep and bake them in just 40 minutes for a simple, fast main dish that can be paired with everything from rice and potatoes to roasted veggies. 

Gather the ingredients for BBQ meatballs

Ready to get started? To dive in on making these BBQ meatballs, grab your ingredients first. For this recipe, you'll need 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, two eggs, five cloves of garlic, one yellow onion, shredded Parmesan cheese, barbecue sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic salt, pepper, and fresh chives for garnish. "I love to use Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce for this recipe because of the tangy flavor it has," says Marshall. "But feel free to utilize any favorite of your own." 

Make the meatball mixture

First up, preheat your oven to 350 F. Then, in a large bowl, add in all of the meatball ingredients. Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, onion, parmesan cheese, 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Season the mixture with garlic salt and pepper as well. Use a large wooden spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients together. 

Form and bake the meatballs

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray. "You can also use a baking dish for this step," says Marshall. Using your hands, form the prepared meat mixture into large balls. Place each meatball on the prepared pan. Once the pan is full, place it in the oven to bake the meatballs for 30 minutes. 

Garnish and serve the meatballs

Once the meatballs have baked, remove them from the oven. Use the remaining barbecue to generously brush the meatballs while they're still warm. Sprinkle the meatballs with minced chives and additional shredded Parmesan for garnish, if desired. "I love to serve these with toast for a simple lunch or dinner," says Marshall. Other options? Serve these BBQ meatballs with rice or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal. 

BBQ Meatballs Recipe
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Are you looking for a dinner that you can make in a pinch? If so, this BBQ meatballs recipe has you covered!
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BBQ meatballs with toast
Total time: 40 minutes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese + more for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Optional Ingredients
  • chives, chopped, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, onion, Parmesan cheese, ¾ cup of barbecue sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix together until well incorporated. Form the meat into large balls.
  3. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place each meatball onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. After baking, remove the meatballs from the oven and brush them with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  6. Serve with rice, potatoes, or toast and garnish with additional shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped chives if desired.
Calories per Serving 260
Total Fat 14.2 g
Saturated Fat 5.7 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 65.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
Total Sugars 10.3 g
Sodium 506.3 mg
Protein 14.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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