No-mess meatballs

    35 min

    These meatballs are a little different than your average meatball - they are square! The meat mixture is patted into a tin, scored and baked.

    15 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 egg
    • 75g onion, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons ketchup
    • 450g minced beef
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
    • 4 tablespoons dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Line a 20x30cm baking dish with foil and spray with cooking oil spray.
    2. Mix the egg and onion together in a mixing bowl. Add the ketchup and minced beef, then season with pepper, salt, Italian herbs and breadcrumbs; combine until evenly blended.
    3. Place the mixture into the prepared tin and pat into an 20cm square. Use a table knife or metal spatula to cut the square into 6 vertical strips, then cut the strips horizontally into 6 pieces each for a total of 36 pieces.
    4. Do not separate the pieces, just press through the meat to separate it. Bake in preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the centre, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain off any fat and separate the meatballs with a knife to serve.


    Freeze the meatballs by separating them into recipe-size portions and placing in freezer containers or resealable freezer plastic bags. Freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, microwave on Defrost for 4 to 6 minutes or until thawed.

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    I tried this today and it was very easy and fast! I made some brown gravy and put them into it and served with mash potatoes and veggies. I also added some mexican spice with the italian spice and it was a great taste!  -  28 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Quite good for such an easy recipe. In the future I might add green pepper or garlic, but the flavor is very well balanced if made as described. 1lb. of beef doesn't go too far, so if you want to have extra for additional meals or have more than 2 people you want to feed more than twice off of this, you might want to double it. Time saving, and a good idea.  -  10 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Love how easy and effective this was! My girls just discovered meatballs and I have been buying them in the frozen section. I wanted something easy to make where I control the ingredients. The technique is ingenious and it will be a staple in my house. I look forward to playing with ingredients. I tripled this recipe and will be freezing many of them. Thanks again!  -  15 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)