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Baked Spinach Meatballs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 24 meatballs


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup for the meatball mixture and 1/2 cup for rolling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, spinach, egg, spices, salt, and 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (I wear gloves to keep my hands clean). Mix very well and really get in there to break up the spinach leaves.
  • In a separate small bowl, place the 1/2 cup of reserved panko and a pinch of salt. Mix.
  • Take out two large baking sheets. Take 1 1/2 tablespoons of the meat mix and gently roll it in your hands. Don't squish to hard! Once it looks like a meatball, roll it in the panko crumbs and place on the baking sheet.
  • When all the meat has been rolled, place pans into the hot oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until fully cooked.


Modified from Alton Brown's recipe