Bacon Meatballs

Bacon Meatballs made with ground beef and cooked bacon are an easy dinner, appetizer, or party food that your family and friends will love!

Meatballs are a great choice to add to any party spread. They’re crispy on the outside with a moist and fluffy center. So whether you’re enjoying this recipe or the classic Cocktail Meatballs, you’re covered for all of your Appetizer Recipe needs.

Bacon Meatballs on baking dish

BACON MEATBALLS

If you’ve followed this site for any amount of time, you already know bacon is a common theme. But, who doesn’t love bacon? It’s only appropriate to want to add bacon to the already beloved easy homemade meatballs

These bacon meatballs are packed with incredible flavor yet are so simple to make. They’re great for prepping ahead so you can serve them at parties and not spend the entire time in the kitchen! But don’t save them just for parties. You can use these meatballs in pasta or for hoagie sandwiches for a delicious weeknight meal.

You may think that meat stuffed with meat is too much but I’m telling you, it works. The crispy texture from the bacon gives the fluffy meatball a new smoky dynamic that’s irresistible. They’d be perfect simmered in a sauce or even paired with a dipping sauce.

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HOW TO MAKE BACON MEATBALLS

  • Keep Meat Cold: Keep the meat mixture cold and handle as little as possible.
  • Bacon: Chop the bacon very finely so as to add flavor without changing the feel of the meatball. Larger chunks will significantly change the texture.
  • Oven Only: To avoid burning the bacon on the outside, make sure to cook these meatballs in the oven only.

Bacon Meatballs inside of a meatball

VARIATIONS ON BACON MEATBALLS

Meatballs are easy to customize and play with to create different variations. 

  • Meat: Swap out the ground beef for ground chicken in this recipe. If you want to use ground turkey, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture since it’s a leaner meat.
  • Cheese: Everything’s better with cheese so stuff your meatballs with mozzarella, cheddar, goat cheese or any other cheese you prefer. 
  • Seasonings: Add chili powder, oregano, cumin and red pepper flakes for a Mexican seasoning or dill and basil for an easy Greek seasoning. 

Bacon Meatballs uncooked in baking dish

Air Fryer Bacon Meatballs

This recipe can easily be made using an air fryer. Follow the recipe but instead of placing them into the oven, simply place them into an air fryer sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer so you may need to cook them in batches. 

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HOW TO SERVE AND STORE

  • Serve: Make sure not to leave bacon meatballs out at room temperature for longer than 4 hours. 
  • Store: Store leftover meatballs in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. 
  • Freeze: Flash freeze the meatballs on a baking sheet and then transfer them to a freezer safe storage bag. They should last up to 3-4 months if stored properly.

HOW TO KNOW IF MEATBALLS ARE DONE

The internal temperature of cooked meatballs should reach 165 degrees, according to the USDA Food Safety Website.

Bacon Meatballs lined up on baking dish

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Bacon Meatballs

Bacon Meatballs are an easy dinner, appetizer, or party food that your family and friends will love!
Yield 40 meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 3 slices bread , stale is best
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion , minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , (4 tablespoons if cooking immediately)
  • 2 pounds ground beef , (80/20)
  • 3/4 cup bacon , cooked and finely chopped (approximately 8 slices)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer add the milk to the slices of bread.
  • Melt the butter in a pan and add the minced yellow onions.
  • Cook them on medium low until translucent but not browned.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In your bowl with the milk soaked bread add the rest of the meatball ingredients including the cooked onions.
  • Mix it on low until the bread is broken apart and the meat is combined with the ingredients (using the stand mixer and not your hands helps keep the mixture cold and tender).
  • Using a meatballer/ice cream scoop or your hands scoop them into balls about the size of a ping pong ball.
  • Freeze on a cookie sheet if possible.
  • If cooking immediately, add to a baking dish and cook at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  • Remove the meatballs from the pan and serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Another stunning recipe. This website did more to get me through the pandemic than anything else. Thank you.

  2. Hi Sabrina
    I followed your recipe and was very careful with the ingredients and I ended up with hamburger soup. I had to add half a box of bread crumbs to get the consistency solid enough so that I could form the balls. I tried to fry a few but even after the good eight minutes it took to get a crust on all sides of the ball the inside was still on the raw side. I ended up baking them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. When they came out of the oven they were delicious. (why does your recipe call for frying the balls and the picture suggests that the balls are going in the oven)

    1. I’m so sorry, there was a glitch that removed the oven degrees and time cooked. Glad you were able to figure it out and enjoy them but I’ve corrected the recipe card to read correctly now. I also included that the bread used in these meatballs is best when stale. If the bread is too fresh, it’ll soak up too much of the liquid and become soggy. Thanks for letting me know there was an issue.

  3. It would’ve never occured to me to add bacon to meatballs but of course it’s an absolute game changer. So much flavour! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I like meatballs, but these right there are beyond delicious. Of course bacon would make them better, why have I never thought of this. AMAZING recipe!