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meatballs covered in red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil - J Dub By Design™

J Dub’s Italian Meatballs

  • Author: Jennifer Williams
  • Total Time: 24 minute
  • Yield: 2 dozen (depending on size of balls) 1x


J Dub’s Italian Meatballs are not only delicious, they are extremely easy to make. You literally need one bowl to mix all of the ingredients together before shaping into balls. 


  • 16 ounces sausage

  • 16 ounces hamburger meat

  • 3 cups torn bread or panko bread crumbs (I used left over crusts from bread crusts that I had previously frozen and then thawed)

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 4 Tbsp shaved parmesan

  • 4 Tbsp chopped parsley

  • 1 Tbsp oregano

  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil, julienned



  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Shape into balls about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Bake the balls in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 12-15 minutes.
  5. Or, fry the balls in small batches in a dry skillet.
  6. Allow the meatballs to cool on a wire rack.


These meatballs can be placed in ziplock bags in a single layer and frozen for up to 6 months or used immediately.

You can serve these as an appetizer or as part of a main dish.

Try J Dub’s Italian Meatballs with my All Day Red Sauce.

Or if you are rushed with time, Rao’s red sauce is a great store bought alternative.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: meatballs, Italian dish, Italian appetizer