Trader Joe’s Meatball with Feta

These super juicy meatballs baked with feta are not only a perfect meal but it’s also a one-stop shop for all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s!

One of my favorite places to shop is Trader Joe’s and I love it when I can get all the ingredients I need for a recipe in one place.  

That’s why I’m working on this new series where I create recipes from ingredients I find at Trader Joe’s.  

Meatball with feta topped with chopped parsley being picked up with a fork.

Like this baked meatballs recipe that is so deliciously flavorful and juicy! When topped with feta, they’re taken to the next level of deliciousness.  

Now I know you could just buy the frozen meatballs and do the same thing, but honestly, there’s nothing better than fresh homemade meatballs made with wholesome ingredients! 

Plus, you can cut out some extra carbs!

Trader Joe's traditional marinara sauce being poured onto homemade meatballs.

What is baked meatballs with feta?

These meatballs are mixed with half ground beef and half ground pork. The pork is what makes these meatballs ultra juicy. They are first baked to doneness, then topped with marinara and feta.

Does feta cheese melt in the oven?

Feta technically does not melt in the way that mozzarella melts but it does get very soft and creamy, which is what we are aiming for.

Group shot of all the ingredients used to make keto meatball with melting feta all from Trader Joe's grocery store

What’s Trader Joe’s and what is this Trader Joe series?

Trader Joe’s is an all-natural grocery store with locations throughout the US (sorry for all of those not in the US or living near a TJ). They mainly carry privately branded Trader Joe’s products that deliver excellent quality at a very affordable price.

This Trader Joe’s series is for those of you who live a low carb lifestyle and love shopping at Trader Joe’s. It will focus on recipes that are created with ingredients all found at Trader Joe’s.

What other cheese can I use aside from feta to make baked meatballs?

Honestly, you can use any type of cheese you prefer. My favorites include goat cheese, queso fresco, cotija, and ricotta.  

Why do you use a blend of ground pork and beef to make your meatballs?

I always like to mix pork in my ground beef because I find it makes them juicier and less dry. If you prefer, you can always just use only ground beef.  

Top down shot of meatball with feta in a glass baking pan with chopped parsley on top.

Looking for other meatball recipes?

Now, let’s get making this Trader Joe’s Meatball with Feta!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cooking Time 20M
  • Total Time 25M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~1g
  • Serving 12 Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onions
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 6 oz Traditional Marinara Sauce
  • 6 oz Crumble Feta
  • Fresh or Dried Parsley (optional garnish)

 

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Preheat oven to 400F.

3) Dice onions and set aside.

4) In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat.  Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside.  Should take around 2-3 minute.

5) Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and transfer into a mixing bowl.

6) Combine ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 4) into the mixing bowl and mix well.

7) Take a small amount of the meatball mix and throw it from one hand to another while gently cupping the meatball with the palm of hands to form the shape.  Meatballs should be bite-size and no bigger than a golf ball.  You should end up with 12 meatballs give or take.

8) Place meatballs into a 8 x 8 baking dish and bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes.

9) After 10 minutes, remove baking dish from the oven, dump in marinara sauce and mix until all the meatballs are evenly coated.   Top with crumbled feta and place back into the center of the oven for 10 more minutes or until internal meatball temp reaches 160F.

10) Once 10 minutes have passed, remove dish from oven, garnish with optional dried parsley flakes and enjoy hot!   Note – if desired, mix the dish before serving.

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Top down shot of meatball with feta in a glass baking pan with chopped parsley on top.

Trader Joe's Meatball with Feta

These super juicy meatballs baked with feta are not only a perfect meal but it’s also a one-stop shop for all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: feta meatballs, Trader Joe's recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 meatballs
Print Recipe
Calories: 149kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onions
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 6 oz Traditional Marinara Sauce
  • 6 oz Crumble Feta
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley optional garnish

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Dice onions and set aside.
  • In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside. Should take around 2-3 minute.
  • Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and transfer into a mixing bowl.
  • Combine ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 4) into the mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Take a small amount of the meatball mix and throw it from one hand to another while gently cupping the meatball with the palm of hands to form the shape. Meatballs should be bite-size and no bigger than a golf ball. You should end up with 12 meatballs give or take.
  • Place meatballs into a 8 x 8 baking dish and bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove baking dish from the oven, dump in marinara sauce and mix until all the meatballs are evenly coated. Top with crumbled feta and place back into the center of the oven for 10 more minutes or until internal meatball temp reaches 160F.
  • Once 10 minutes have passed, remove dish from oven, garnish with optional dried parsley flakes and enjoy hot! Note - if desired, mix the dish before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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