by the Perdue Farms Culinary Team

We've unlocked the secret to Grandma's famous meatball recipe! It's all about using the very best grind. For optimal results when making this recipe, use Niman Ranch's 100% pure Angus ground beef. Serve atop your favorite pasta or topped with melted mozzarella for a spectacular Sunday feast.


  • 1 pound Niman Ranch 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 whole eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
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Step 1: Form Meatballs

Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until well incorporated. Shape mixture into 1-ounce balls and place on a greased sheet pan.

Step 2: Oven Roast

Preheat oven to 425 F. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until a digital meat thermometer, inserted in meatballs, registers 155 F.

Step 3: Simmer in Sauce (Optional)

Place meatballs in a deep skillet or large saute pan, pour preferred tomato sauce overtop and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve as is or over pasta.

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