Easy Grilled Meatballs Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Have you ever grilled meatballs? Try it and you’ll make them this way again and again!

When the weather is nice, I cook outside. Actually, I have been known to grill in 40-degree weather, and when there was several inches of snow on the ground.

It makes it much more enjoyable if the weather is warm. I used to think of only making meatballs in a pot of marinara sauce.

Easy Grilled Meatballs Photo

But once I found out I could grill meatballs on a nice day, they appear frequently on my summer BBQ menu.

Grilled meatballs can be served with a variety of sauces and condiments. They are great on slider rolls topped with cheese, but I also love them on a pile of grilled onions and peppers.

I always serve barbecue sauce or taco sauce on the side for dipping.

Easy Grilled Meatballs Picture

When making meatballs on the grill, here are a few tips so that they are always perfectly cooked:

  • Make sure to oil or spray the grill. We don’t want the meatballs sticking to the grill.
  • Mix the meat mixture until combined but don’t overmix.
  • Refrigerate meatballs for at least 15 minutes before cooking so the flavors blend together and they do not fall apart when cooking.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water before using them on the grill. This will prevent them from burning.

I like to use 80% ground beef in my meatballs so they are juicy. I don’t use a leaner meat because the meatballs tend to become too dry if they don’t have enough fat in them.

Easy Grilled Meatballs Image

While I frequently use ground turkey and chicken in other recipes, this time I am going with beef marbles with fat.  

It would be perfectly fine to drop these meatballs in a pot of sauce and serve them with pasta.

But next time you are craving meatballs, why not try them on the grill? You will not be disappointed. 

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Easy Grilled Meatballs Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 pound Ground Beef, 85 percent lean
  • 1/2 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 large Egg, slightly beaten


  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, parsley, black pepper, ketchup and egg.
  2. Mix until combined and form into 8 meatballs.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil grill and preheat gas grill to medium heat.
  5. Place 2 to 3 meatballs on wooden or metal skewers and place on hot grill.
  6. Cook covered for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning every few minutes and cook until meatballs are brown and internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  7. Remove meatballs from skewers before serving.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 meatballs
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 99
Calories 250

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 647mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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