Make a double batch of these Freezer Friendly Beef Meatballs – you’ll thank yourself later! These flavorful and tender meatballs are so versatile and can be used in pasta, casseroles, soups, and subs. They are the answer to the never ending question of “what’s for dinner?!”
Every year, usually in the fall, my sister-in-law and I do a freezer meal day, where we make a bunch of freezer meals for the fall and winter. It’s super fun and always so nice to have a bunch of freezer meals to make throughout the next few months! Every year we make my Meatball Tortellini Soup, and since our kids love meatballs so much, I decided to make a big batch of Beef Meatballs this year, too!
I’ve made quite a few beef meatball recipes, and this recipe definitely takes home first place! The finely chopped onion adds adds a ton of flavor and keeps the meatballs tender, along with the egg, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese!
These meatballs are super easy to throw together. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, in a large bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients. I ALWAYS make a double batch of these because I figure if I’m going to go through the effort of making them, I might as well make a bunch and freeze the leftover!
Next, using a wooden spatula or your hands, mix the ingredients well. I like to use my hands because I can incorporate the ingredients better. Then, using a cookie scoop or a scoop, form the meatball mixture into 2-3 tbsp sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake them in the oven to 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and no longer pink.
You can either use these immediately in pasta, a sub, casseroles, or a soup, or freeze them. To freeze, let them cool for about 20 minutes. Then place them in the freezer directly on a baking sheet. I like to put them on a clean baking sheet so the juices that have come out of the meatballs don’t freeze onto them.
Once they have been flash frozen for about 1-2 hours, you can place them in a freezer Ziplock bag.
To reheat, either microwave them on high for 2 minutes, or you can reheat them in a sauce on the stovetop or in the oven. You can really use them however you’d use store-bought meatballs!