Oven-Baked Dill Meatballs are juicy and packed with vibrant dill flavour. Easy to make a big batch in the oven and then freeze. Great to add to your favourite pasta, soup, or have with mashed potatoes. Perfect for batch cooking.
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This post was originally published on October 15, 2015 and is now updated with more info.
I love autumn. I love all the different colours of deep orange, magenta, and burnt caramel against the stark blue sky with cotton white clouds. I like the light wind swirling the leaves and painting roads with them in expert Monet-like strokes.
But I also like (no, love) the gloomy fall weather. Dark and moody skies, nippy winds and light mist in the air.
Something about that weather makes me wistful. I long for big mugs of steaming tea and cozy blankets, some jazz music and good books.
I love those weekends when it’s raining and the weather gives me permission not to go anywhere, not to do anything, just sit at home and enjoy the sound of the drops on the roof of my house.
So when the dark and gloomy weather calls for something comforting, something filling and something quick to make, I tend to make these delicious Oven-Baked Dill Meatballs. They only take a few minutes to mix all the ingredients.
Once the Dill Meatballs are baked, they can be used in many different ways, so they are ideal for batch-cooking, freezing, and meal prepping.
Ingredients to make Dill Meatballs
- Lean ground beef
- Lean ground chicken
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Fresh dill
- Seasonings (I use garlic salt and Mrs. Dash Original No Salt Seasoning Blend)
These Dill Meatballs are quite versatile as any ground meat can be used to make these little orbs. I like using a mix of pork and chicken or turkey. Sometimes I use pork and beef and occasionally I use only one type of meat.
How to make Oven-Baked Dill Meatballs
- Mix all the ingredients really well in a big bowl.
- Shape into small balls. I like using a small ice-cream scoop to measure out the mixture, this way the meatballs are all the same size and bake evenly.
Flavour variations for these Oven-Baked Meatballs
Dill technically can be omitted or substituted with other herbs, but I find that dill gives the meatballs a light and bright flavour, it cuts through the fattiness of the pork (if used) and creates a summery undertone in the meatballs.
- flat Italian parsley + Italian seasoning
- oregano + Greek seasoning
- thyme and rosemary
- cilantro + taco seasoning
- cilantro + Khmeli-Suneli Spice mix
Using different herbs and spices will make these meatballs different every time!
How to freeze meatballs
These Oven-Baked Dill Meatballs freeze beautifully once cooked.
- Bake and fully cool the meatballs.
- Spread them on a big platter or a baking sheet in one layer without them touching.
- Place them in a freezer for 2-3 hours until they are individually frozen.
- Once frozen, transfer to a freezer ziploc or a plastic container.
They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Meal prepping with Dill Meatballs
These meatballs, once baked, will keep in the fridge for about 5 days easily. This means that if you can use them for many meal preps or just dinners throughout the week.
- Meal prep: container with cooked pasta, a few meatballs, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, hummus.
- Meal prep: meatballs, cherry tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, pita.
- Dinner idea: Instant Pot Meatball Soup.
- Dinner idea: spaghetti and meatballs.
- Lunch idea: meatball sub sandwich.
- Breakfast idea: scrambled eggs and crumbled meatballs.
For more meatball recipes try my Lentil-Turkey Meatballs.
I use these glass containers for my meal preps exclusively, both round and square/rectangular versions.
This recipe is so good that I featured it in The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook, so if you like recipes made in the oven on one pan, then this is the cookbook for you!
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Line a big sheet pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients really well.
- Shape the ground meat mixture into walnut-sized meatballs and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.I like using a small ice cream scoop to measure out the meat.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes (or until cooked, depending on your oven).
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