Barbecue Meatballs make are an easy meal that kids love. They are also easy to make gluten free.
Today for Ground Beef Thursday I have a very simple recipe for you. It only calls for a few ingredients and kids love it. So easy and so good!
We like to eat these just as is, but you could easily serve these as meatball sandwiches or with extra sauce over potatoes or rice.
These also freeze great. So make extra and freeze them for an easy freezer meal.
Great make ahead freezer friendly meal.
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup quick cooking oats ( I use gluten free oats)
- 2 cups barbecue sauce (use your favorite brand)
- In a bowl combine 2 pounds of ground beef, egg, and quick oats. Mix until just combined. Form into meatballs using 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture and place in a 9x13 pan.
- Bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and pour barbecue sauce over meatballs. (If your meat is not lean, you will want to carefully drain some of the fat off of the meatballs before adding the sauce.)
- Continue baking for 25-30 more minutes or until the meatballs are done.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 555mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 23g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
Instead of finishing in the oven with sauce, could I remove the meatballs to the crockpot? This sounds like a great idea for fellowship dinner at church.
I think that would work fine or just skip the oven and brown them really well on the stove and then put them in the crockpot. I think browning them well should remove enough of the grease that you would be fine.
I made them last night with turkey. They turned out great.
This sounds yummy but I’m curious what sides will you eat with them? I can only think of salad and I know I’m missing some obvious choices.
Salad, bread, and we like them with oven potatoes, baked potatoes, or something like that. I hope that helps.
I think this may be lunch tomorrow. I’ve got some hamburger I need to use and have other plans for dinner. I’ll just have to remember to start early enough in the morning.
do these freeze well? If so would be a perfect side to add quick with many pasta dishes.
Meatballs freeze really well. You can freeze either before or after cooking and it works great.
I saw your comment on this weeks menu. I made these for a party a few weeks ago. I made them per directions above with just a little BBQ sauce. I put them in the fridge and then the next day at the party, put them in a crockpot with more BBQ sauce and they warmed great! That would save time in the day you want to eat them. 🙂
That is a good idea and would solve the issue I had. I am going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing what worked for you.
Lynn- Just wanted to tell you that I made your recipe and blogged about it. What a great recipe! I can always depend on your recipes to be easy, frugal, and DELICIOUSLY dependable, so when I was looking for a recipe for homemade meatballs, I knew right where to go- Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures, of course!
The only thing I did differently was that I mixed up my own recipe for homemade sweet BBQ sauce.
The meatballs were a great success! I served them at a baby shower for my great-nephew where we used a book theme and I displayed the book, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by the BBQ meatballs.
Thanks for another great recipe. I can say I honestly have changed the way my family eats and the way I cook based on your blog more than any other.
My blog post is here: https://www.athomemyway.blogspot.com/2014/03/easy-meatballs.html
Of course I only have old fashion oats and panko….would either of those work? Would it be the same amount?
Yes, you could use either of those. I like the texture of quick oats better, but regular oats would would work. I would use a little bit less if I was using old fashioned oats. Panko would work too because many meatball recipes use breadcrumbs. I am not sure on the amount since I haven’t tried it though. I would think it would be about the same amount. I hope that helps.