5-Ingredient Meatballs

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total60 min
  • Ingredients5
  • Servings30

These large-batch freezer-friendly meatballs are great on their own, or added to your favorite recipes.


lb bacon
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
medium white onion, finely chopped
tablespoons dried oregano leaves
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs


  • 1Heat oven to 350°F.In ungreased baking pan with sides, arrange 1 lb bacon slices. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Reserve bacon drippings in small bowl.
  • 2Meanwhile, in large bowl, place 3 lb lean ground beef, chopped 1 medium white onion, 3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves and 1/4 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs.
  • 3Chop bacon into very small pieces; add to beef mixture. Using clean hands, mix beef mixture, making sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Portion into about 30 (2-oz) pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  • 4Place large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; pour reserved bacon drippings into skillet. Add meatballs; cook about 3 minutes on each side or just until seared. (You may have to do this in batches.)
  • 5Place skillet in 350°F oven; bake 30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

Expert Tips

  • If you prefer not to use your hands for mixing, a stand mixer is a great alternative.
  • You can halve the size of the meatballs and use them for appetizer recipes.
  • To freeze: Cook meatballs; allow to cool before placing in an airtight container and into the freezer.

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