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!


Teriyaki Meatballs

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?

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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