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Meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe.
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Meatballs without Breadcrumbs

These easy meatballs without breadcrumbs can be baked, broiled, or seared in a pan as part of a delicious family dinner.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 545kcal


  • ¾ pounds ground beef
  • ¾ pounds ground pork
  • ¾ cup oatmeal
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • cup milk
  • ¼ cup grated yellow onion
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Add oatmeal to a food processor or a blender and pulse until the oats are finely crumbled like breadcrumbs.
  • Break apart ground beef and ground pork into small pieces and add them to a large bowl. Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs along with all remaining meatball ingredients.
  • Mix together the meatball mixture with cleans hands until everything is well combined.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, or spoon, scoop out approximately 2 tablespoons of the meatball mixture and roll into balls and set on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


  • Place the baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.


  • Set your broiler to high and place your meatballs on the highest rack, directly under the broiler.
  • Broil until the exterior is well browned, watching to ensure they do not burn. Then finish cooking by simmering in pasta sauce on the stovetop.
  • Alternatively, you can bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and then finish cooking under the broiler.


  • Set meatballs in a large skillet over medium heat and sear the exterior on all sides.
  • Once the meatballs are well-browned, add pasta sauce and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through.


Wetting your hands with water will make rolling the meatballs easier by prevent the meat from sticking to your hands.
If using these for a party appetizer, the meatballs can be kept warm in a slow cooker after cooking.
Crushed red pepper flakes can be added for a little kick.


Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 4mg