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Trader Joe’s Meatball

Get ready to elevate your dinner game with my Trader Joe’s Meatballs recipe! Crafted with ingredients straight from Trader Joe’s, these meatballs are a breeze to whip up and offer a burst of flavor in every bite. Perfect for busy weeknights, this recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a hassle-free yet delicious meal!

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

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re like me and enjoy simple yet delicious homemade meals, you’re going to love my Trader Joe’s Meatballs! Crafted exclusively with ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s, just like in my Trader Joe’s Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe, I made sure these meatballs are a breeze to make and boast a luscious melted feta cheese center that adds a burst of creaminess to every bite! I’ve taken my trusted ground meat mix from my proven Asian Meatballs with Demi-Glace Sauce and Loco Moco recipes and elevated it with the addition of feta cheese, creating a mouthwatering sensation that’s perfect for any main course!

Imagine sinking your teeth into creamy, juicy meatballs baked to perfection in a flavorful marinara sauce—it’s an irresistible combination that’s sure to delight anyone craving a comforting and satisfying meal made with all-natural, simple ingredients. So why wait? Let’s head to Trader Joe’s and whip up these delectable meatballs now!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Ground Pork – fat 20% preferred.
  • Ground Beef – fat 20% preferred.
  • Butter – use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Onions – chopped yellow or brown.
  • Garlic – grated using a hand grater.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Egg – beaten.
  • Half & Half – can also use milk.
  • Nutmeg – ground spice.   
  • Traditional Marinara Sauce – in a glass jar found at Trader Joe’s.
  • Crumble Feta – crumbled feta cheese found in a tub at Trader Joe’s.
  • Parsley  fresh or dried parsley used for garnish.

🍖 Ground Meat Note

Use a 50/50 Blend of Ground Pork and Ground Beef with a minimum fat of 10%. This results in juicy meatballs that avoid drying out during the baking process.

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

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Start by combining butter and chopped onions in a frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned.

Chopped onions being browned.

🍳 Cooking Pro Tip

For optimal results, use a Large Frying Pan with a Flat Bottom when browning onions. This allows the onions plenty of room to evenly distribute and caramelize.

Step 2 Combine browned onions, grated garlic, ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, eggs, and a hint of nutmeg. Form the mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and place them in a baking dish. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.

Meatball in a baking dish.

💡 Meatball Pro Tip

For uniform meatballs, use a 1/4 Cup Measuring Cup to portion out the meat mixture, ensuring even sizes. Avoiding Overcrowding the baking dish for even baking.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

For safe and juicy consumption, ensure that the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165°F.

Step 3 After this initial bake, drench the meatballs in marinara sauce, ensuring each is evenly coated, then sprinkle feta cheese atop. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Meatball with feta cheese sprinkled on top.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For an appealing finishing touch, consider sprinkling freshly chopped Parsley or extra Grated Parmesan Cheese over your meatballs.

💡 Leftover Recipe Notes

For efficient meal prepping, it’s wise to make Extra Meatballs, Bake them, and Freeze for later use.

Pairing Recommendations

Enhance your meal by pairing these meatballs with a green salad dressed in Caesar Dressing or Broccoli Caesar Salad for a fresh contrast and with a Creamy Chicken Soup for added comfort.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ensure my meatballs stay juicy while baking?

To ensure your meatballs stay juicy while baking, it's crucial not to overbake them. Once they reach an internal temperature of 165°F, they're perfectly cooked and ready to enjoy. Overbaking can lead to dry meatballs, so keep an eye on the temperature and remove them from the oven as soon as they hit the recommended temperature.

Can I freeze the meatballs for later use?

Yes, you can freeze the meatballs for later use. After baking them, allow them to cool completely, then place them in ziplock bags or airtight containers. They will hold well in the freezer for 3-4 months.

What can I substitute for feta cheese if I don't have it?

If you don't have feta cheese on hand, you can easily substitute it with mozzarella or any other melting cheese of your choice. These alternatives will still provide a creamy and delicious filling for your meatballs, ensuring a tasty outcome for your dish.

 

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

Storage Tips

To store leftover meatballs, simply transfer them into an airtight container. When stored this way, they’ll maintain their freshness for 5-7 days.

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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

Discover a delicious Trader Joe's meatballs recipe that's easy to make and bursting with flavor. These homemade meatballs feature a luscious melted feta cheese center, making them a perfect addition to any meal.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Worldwide
Keyword: trader joe's meatballs recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 meatballs
Print Recipe
Calories: 149kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Trader Joe’s meatball recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
    Oven being preheated.
  • Dice onions and place them in a medium-sized frying pan. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and cook until browned, around 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
    Chopped onions being browned.
  • Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and transfer into a mixing bowl.
    Grated garlic.
  • Combine ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions into the mixing bowl and mix well.
    Meatball mix in a mixing bowl.
  • Take a small amount of the meatball mix and gently shape it into meatballs using your hands. Aim for bite-size meatballs, no bigger than a golf ball. You should end up with around 12 meatballs. Place the meatballs into an 8 x 8 baking dish and bake in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until internal meatball temp reaches 165F.
    Meatball in a baking dish.
  • 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 5-10 more minutes until the cheese melts.
    Meatball with feta cheese sprinkled on top.
  • Remove dish from oven, garnish with optional dried parsley flakes and enjoy hot! Note - if desired, mix the dish before serving.
    Cooked meatball with feta cheese.

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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