While there’s nothing more Italian than spaghetti and meatballs, you’re missing out on a ton of amazing flavor profiles when you limit meatballs to one style of cooking. When I’m playing hostess, I often have meatballs going in the slow cooker, and have come across many delicious recipes over the past few years.
If I’m throwing a party, I buy frozen turkey meatballs (Trader Joe’s has a great choice!), but when I’m cooking dinner for my family I like to make my own. Here are 5 meatball recipes that aren’t Italian, but are drool-worthy!
Spicy BBQ Pineapple Turkey Meatballs
Pineapple BBQ is my most recent venture with non-Italian style meatballs and they were a hit! Full disclosure, I made mine in the slow cooker with frozen meatballs as an appetizer on their own, but we had a lot left over and put them over brown rice the next day and loved them. I found this recipe for homemade meatballs for the next time I want them for dinner!
The ginger in this recipe gives these meatballs a special kick. I like these served over either cauliflower rice or brown rice, although they can be just as good eaten alone. Don’t skip the sesame seeds! Seriously, I finally caved and bought a jar and use them more than I thought I would in other recipes.
Greek Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice
Ok, this one is from my own blog because I’m really proud of it! I make greek style burgers often and decided to try them in meatball form and was super happy with how they turned out. I did them over cauliflower rice, but you can also serve them in a pita like you would falafel. Mmmmm!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
I’m not saying you have to make these for whatever Superbowl party you attend, but I am strongly suggesting it. These are great on their own as appetizers (as pictured here) but also make a great meatball sub!
Black Bean Vegetarian Meatballs
Fear not veggie-heads, I got you covered, too! When I eat vegetarian meals, I don’t want faux meat, I want veggies that make me wonder why I eat meat in the first place. These black bean based meatballs do the trick and are great served over grains or more veggies.
What’s your go to meatball recipe?