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Why Homemade Meatballs

If you’ve ever made meatballs from scratch, you know they are worlds better than frozen, premade ones. If you’ve never made meatballs yourself, don’t worry, it’s not hard and is definitely worth the extra effort!

You can modify the types of meat and their fat ratios as desired. Don’t worry about using the leanest grinds of beef or turkey because you’re cooking them on a wire rack, so the fat is going to drip off anyways.

This recipe makes about 40 meatballs. Great for a party or freezing some for later!

Black Garlic Meatballs

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If you've ever made meatballs from scratch, you know they are worlds better than frozen, premade ones. If you've never made meatballs yourself, don't worry,it's not hard and is definitely worth the extra effort!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Black Garlic, Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 40 Balls


  • 2 ¼ cups about 6 ounces panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk One cup of plain yogurt thinned with ½ cup milk can be substituted for the buttermilk. Or I keep buttermilk powder in the pantry to reconstitute whenever I need it for a recipe!
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork or pork sausage
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 1 to 1 ½ bulbs Black Garlic peeled and smashed with fork
  • 1 ½ teaspoons powdered gelatin dissolved in 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • Place wire racks in 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets. Adjust oven racks to lower-middle and upper-middle positions and heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine bread crumbs and buttermilk in large bowl and let sit, mashing occasionally with fork, until smooth paste forms (panade), about 10 minutes.
  • Add eggs, parmesan, Black Garlic, onion, gelatin, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to breadcrumb mixture.
  • Using hands, thoroughly mix meat and bread crumb mixture until well combined. Gently form into 1 ½ ounces balls. Continue to form approximately 40 meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on wire racks in prepared trays, evenly spaced.
  • Roast until browned, about 20 minutes or internal temp reads 165 degrees, rotating trays from front to back and top to bottom halfway through.
Keyword Black Garlic, Garlic, Meatballs

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