Delicious Instant Pot Meatballs recipe

If you are looking for an easy way to make meatballs, this Instant Pot Meatballs recipe is what you have been searching for! With no browning and only 10 minutes of prep time, you will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! That’s a mom win right there! 

Instant Pot Meatballs

meatballs with pasta and bread

If you are like me, you are probably constantly on the go. Whether it is coming to and from work or your kid’s sports practice, sometimes it feels almost impossible to make dinner. That is why I love super simple dishes that come together in less than 30 minutes and these Instant Pot meatballs do just that! With 10 minutes of prep and 18 total cooking minutes (8 cooking minutes and 10 natural releasing minutes), you will be able to have a delicious meal in minutes, even on busy nights! 

Instant Pot meatballs are one of those recipes that is always on our family meal planner because they are simple to make and are so tender and juicy. Pair these with some noodles of your choice, and you will have a really happy family.

If you love how simple Instant Pot recipes are, try this easy Salmon Instant Pot recipe with rice or these Instant Pot Artichokes

Instant Pot Meatballs

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Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 8 min plus release

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef, ground pork, or ground turkey – or a blend 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated l
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped – oregano, basil, parsley
  • ½  teaspoon onion powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper 

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How to make Instant Pot Meatballs

  • In a large bowl, mix together meat.
  • Add in breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, fresh parmesan cheese, herbs, onion powder, salt and pepper, and gently mix together. Be sure not to overmix.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls. I love using a 1-inch cookie scoop to make the meatballs. 
  • Add trivet to bottom of Instant Pot.
  • Then add jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce.
  • Place meatballs close together on top of the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.
  • Serve immediately with spaghetti noodles.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Don’t feel like you have to make your own sauce. I use the jar sauce 9 times out of 10, and these taste fantastic! The sauce cooking in your Instant Pot really elevates the flavor. 
  • Get creative with your meat! Try a combination of different types of ground meat or swap out the beef altogether. 
  • To spice up your meatballs, you can add red pepper flakes into your meat mixture. 
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can use dried ones. 

Storage

Fridge

These meatballs keep well in the fridge. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Freezer

I love creating a huge batch of meatballs to freeze. I can then take out however many I need to make dinner that night to cut down the time in the kitchen even more on busy nights. 

To do this, follow the recipe as directed. When you are ready to form the meatballs, lay them on parchment paper on a tray and freeze until frozen. 

Once they have frozen, place all the meatballs in a freezer-safe bag and store. These will store for up to 4 months in the freezer. 

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Yield: 4

Instant Pot Meatballs

Meatballs on pasta

If you are looking for an easy way to make meatballs, this Instant Pot Meatballs recipe is what you have been searching for! With no browning and only 10 minutes of prep time, you will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! That’s a mom win right there!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, ground pork, or ground turkey - or a blend
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated l
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped - oregano, basil, parsley
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, mix together meat.
    2. Add in breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, fresh parmesan cheese, herbs, onion powder, salt and pepper, and gently mix together. Be sure not to overmix.
    3. Roll into 1 inch balls. I love using a 1-inch cookie scoop to make the meatballs. 
    4. Add trivet to bottom of Instant Pot.
    5. Then add jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce.
    6. Place meatballs close together on top of the sauce.
    7. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.
    8. Serve immediately with spaghetti noodles.
    9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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