The Best Breakfast Meatballs

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Breakfast Meatballs

Following is our quick and easy recipe for delicious homemade breakfast meatballs that will allow you to make amazing meatballs that are the perfect complement to your first meal of the day.

Breakfast Meatballs meatball dripping maple syrup

These meatballs are great because they can be made in advance if you wish, and they also taste fabulous using the pork sausage combined with the perfect mix of seasonings to help your day begin on a good note. 

Meatballs for Breakfast

Meatballs for breakfast you say? Absolutely! Now, with our easy breakfast sausage meatball recipe, you can easily enjoy this delicious recipe as a great start to your day.

One of the great things about these meatballs is that they can easily be made ahead of time, and enjoyed when you are in a hurry. 

What makes these ‘breakfast’ meatballs?

Our recipe for breakfast meatballs are made from pork sausage, which makes them the ultimate breakfast meatballs.

Rather than enjoying your sausage in a patty or sausage link, why not shape your meatballs into meatballs, and enjoy them with your meal.

This recipe is surprisingly easy, and they tastes fabulous. Once you try them, you just might be hooked. 

Sausage Meatballs

Breakfast Meatballs Ingredients:

Ground pork sausage, plain is good

Breadcrumbs

Eggs

Fennel seeds

Italian seasoning

How to make Breakfast Meatballs

To make these delicious breakfast meatballs, start by taking your thawed pork sausage and adding it to a mixing bowl.

Add egg, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and fennel seeds. Then mix until all of the ingredients are combined. 

Next, roll the meatballs into circles that are approximately 1 ½ inch in diameter. 

Now, there are a few different ways you can cook meatballs. Our preference is to bake them in the oven, but you could also fry them in a skillet on your stovetop, or even air fry them if desired. Please select your desired cooking method below.

Breakfast Meatballs close up on meatballs

Bake or Fry Meatballs?

Baked Breakfast Meatballs

To bake your meatballs, arrange them on a rimmed cookie sheet with space in between each of the meatballs. 

Preheat the oven to 375°F  

Add your prepared meatballs and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of your meatballs reaches at least 145°F. 

When your meatballs are fully cooked, remove them from the oven, then serve them alongside your breakfast favorites, and enjoy!  

How to Cook Meatballs in a Pan

You can also cook the prepared pork sausage meatballs on the stovetop in a pan if you prefer. To do this, drizzle some oil on the bottom of your pan. 

Then add the prepared meatballs and cover the pan with a lid. 

Cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally until your meatballs reach at least an internal temperature of 145°F for the pork to be safe to consume. 

Once your meatballs are fully cooked, serve them alongside your favorite breakfast foods and enjoy! 

How to Air Fry Raw Breakfast Meatballs

You can also air fry the raw sausage breakfast meatballs if desired. To do this preheat your air fryer to 375°F. 

Once preheated add your prepared raw meatballs to the air fryer basket in a single layer with space in between. 

Close the air fryer and cook for 12-15 minutes. Check on the meatballs and be sure they have reached a minimum internal temperature of 145°F before consumption. 

Once they are fully cooked, remove them from your air fryer, serve and enjoy. 

Tips and Tricks

Make-Ahead. One of the great things about these breakfast meatballs is that you can prepare them in advance, then simply reheat them when you are ready to eat.

To prepare the breakfast meatballs in advance we do recommend that you fully prepare the meatballs and cook them before freezing them.

Then you can store them in the freezer or in the fridge for a few days until you are ready to enjoy the meatballs. 

Mix-Ins. There are a lot of different mix-ins you can include in your breakfast meatballs if desired.

Some of these include bacon bits, green onions, onions, or even cubed cheese if desired. Feel free to get creative and add any mix-ins to the breakfast meatballs that you wish. 

Breakfast Meatball submerged in maple syrup

Storage and Reheating

Room temperature storage. Your breakfast meatballs should remain at room temperature, no matter if they’re raw or fully cooked, for no longer than two hours before meatballs go bad and should be thrown away. 

Store in the fridge. If you want to keep your meatballs good for longer, feel free to stick them in an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic storage bag then refrigerate for up to 3 to 4 days at 40°F or below. 

Store in the freezer. You can also store your breakfast meatballs in the freezer no matter if they are raw or cooked.

To store them in the freezer, transfer the meatballs to a plastic freezer bag or seal them in an airtight storage container. Then place them into the freezer at 0°F for up to three months. 

Variations:

Meatballs with Cheese

One of the best variations of these breakfast meatballs is to include either cubed cheese or grated Parmesan cheese in the meatballs.

Simply prepare your cheese and then add the cheese to the meatball ingredients before they are formed. Then mix all the ingredients together and form your balls. Otherwise, you can cook them as instructed above. 

Meatballs with Oatmeal

If you’re looking for a good replacement for breadcrumbs, substituting the breadcrumbs for oatmeal is a great alternative.

You can use quick oats as a good substitute for breadcrumbs for this recipe. Otherwise, simply prepare as instructed above. 

Breakfast Meatballs on an plate

Serving Breakfast Meatballs

We recommend serving these breakfast meatballs fresh when you are able.

There is nothing quite like these delicious meatballs freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. These are best enjoyed right from the oven and served alongside your other favorite breakfast foods. 

What to Serve with Breakfast Meatballs

In addition to serving breakfast meatballs with your favorite dip, or even maple syrup to dip them in, below are a few of our other favorite foods you can enjoy along with your delicious sausage meatballs.

FAQs

How long are meatballs good in the fridge?

We recommend that you keep your prepared dish in the fridge for no more than 3 to 4 days when sealed in an airtight container or plastic storage bag at 40°F or below.

Of course, if you have any doubt as to whether the meatballs are still good or not, don’t risk getting sick and throw them away. 

Breakfast Meatball bitten into_

Can you freeze raw meatballs?

Yes, if desired you can freeze both cooked or raw meatballs. You will simply want to prepare the meatballs and shape them before placing them in the freezer.

We recommend that you place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours until they’re frozen solid before transferring them to the airtight container or save them in a plastic freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. 

Can I make these ahead of time?

Absolutely! One of the best things about this recipe is that they can be made in advance. If you wish to make them quite far in advance, you can place them in the freezer and store them for up to three months.

Otherwise, you can store them in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. Then simply pull out the meatballs and heat them until they are warmed through or cook them until they’re fully cooked if raw.

Breakfast Sausage Meatballs

Breakfast meatballs made from ground pork sausage make a delicious addition to your breakfast. These meatballs are easy to make, can be made in advance, and the meatballs taste fabulous.

Let’s go get cooking these delicious breakfast meatballs so that you can try them out too! 

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