Freezer Meatballs


Meatballs are pretty easy to make – so quick! But, there’s a way to launch your meatball dinners into hyperdrive by freezing them. Yes, you can freeze them (gives you chills, amirite?).

Now you know the secret to the poetically named: Freezer Meatballs recipe.

And, here’s another plus: You can please everyone at the dinner table by making these morsels for carnivores and keep a portion of the sauce meatless for those who prefer it.

How to prepare the meatballs

The recipe is pretty straightforward with simple seasonings that complement a variety of sauces.

ingredients needed

The proportions are suitable for 1 ½ pounds of ground beef (I actually used 1-1/3 pounds for this batch) but all can easily be doubled for a larger batch.

My preferred cooking method is baking. I stumbled upon this approach on years ago, ran with it and never looked back. Pan-frying is hot, messy and entirely too hands-on for me.

Baked and on foil

Just bake for 20 minutes and then let them cool.

Freeze the meatballs for later

To freeze, line a baking sheet with (fresh) parchment paper and spread the meatballs out, not touching, if possible.

Meatballs being transferred to fresh parchment paper

Even though the meatballs look like they could be frozen right on the foil used to bake, I opted to transfer because each one was a little stuck on the foil. I didn’t want frozen foil bits on my meatballs.

bags of meatballs ready to freeze

Freeze for about an hour, then remove and place in a freezer-safe airtight storage container.

By freezing them individually first, it will be easier to remove the quantity needed at dinnertime rather than dealing with one frozen block. Large batches can be split between multiple containers as desired.

How to use

When needed for a meal, it’s best to take the meatballs out in the morning to thaw during the day, but in a pinch you can microwave-defrost and finish warming them in your sauce while the pasta cooks.

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Freezer Meatballs make weeknight meals so easy!

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5 from 24 votes

Freezer Meatballs

Pre-cooked meatballs are stored in the freezer, meal prep for busy weeknight meals
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Sula
Cost: Varies by grade of ground beef


  • Baking sheet


  • lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 TB dried minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 TB Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 TB milk


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In large bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with oil or lining with parchment paper.
  • Form meatballs with your hands or a cookie scoop. Place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between the meatballs.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 400F.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • To freeze, place baking sheet with meatballs in the freezer for an hour. Remove from freezer and transfer frozen meatballs into an airtight freezer-safe storage container. Return to freezer until needed.

Also try Ricotta Meatballs – another delicious choice!


12 thoughts on “Freezer Meatballs

  1. 5 stars
    I could eat meatballs for every meal of the day, and no kidding, I had them for breakfast TODAY 🙂 I can’t wait to stock my freezer with these.

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