Swedish Meatballs

This simple dinner recipe will have you happy about cooking for the family again. If you’re tired of racking your brain for a yummy meal, you’re going to love the taste of these Swedish Meatballs. Combining the flavors of beef and sausage make this meatball recipe full of taste.

A light blue bowl filled with Swedish meatballs, gravy and egg noodles.

Eat them as is or pair them up with some delicious noodles. There’s really no wrong way to eat these Swedish meatballs as long as you’re enjoying every single bite.

What is different about Swedish meatballs?

Swedish meatballs are different than regular meatballs due to the sauce that is used on them. Regular meatballs are typically in a marinara or red sauce while Swedish meatballs are in a thicker gravy-type sauce made with beef broth and heavy cream or sour cream.

To be honest, I really love both kinds. Some days I want my “red” meatballs while other days I want my meatballs and gravy recipe. There’s a time when you just know what you want and you make it happen, right?! You gotta feed your taste buds with whatever they need!

A dozen Swedish Meatballs with gravy served over egg noodles placed in a light blue bowl

What do Swedes eat with meatballs?

If you’re wanting to eat like the Swedes, you’ll pair these homemade meatballs up with boiled potatoes, cabbage, or red cabbage. Something tangy or tart to go with these flavorful meatballs make up a balanced meal loaded down with flavor.

Different cultures will pair up different foods to eat with their main entrees and this is what makes it so fun to always try different combinations. You won’t know that you love one until you try different varieties!

Are Swedish Meatballs Turkish?

Shockingly, they are! This was actually something that becomes popular and expressed over the past few years but thankfully, the name has remained the same. No matter if you call them Swedish meatballs or Turkish meatballs, you’re going to love this simple meat recipe.

Swedish Meatballs with a gravy sauce sitting on a bed of egg noodles in a light blue bowl.

What side dishes go best with Swedish meatballs?

So many things go well with meatballs! If you’re ready to pair up these tasty meatballs with a side dish, you have options. White rice, brown rice, any and all types of noodles go perfectly with this dish. If you’re wanting to an option that isn’t as hearty, you can always eat them as is or do some steamed veggies as well.

Can you make meatballs ahead of time?

You can. Meatballs are a super simple dinner recipe that you can do a lot of the prep work ahead of time and then cook them up when you’re ready. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this. From all the school events to getting the kids to and from their commitments, I love meal prepping with meatballs and then having them ready to cook.

Swedish Meatballs - a fork with half of a meatball with gravy and egg noodles.

Are meatballs freezer safe?

They are. You can absolutely get meatballs ready and have them stored in the freezer until you’re ready to use cook them up. The easiest way to freeze meatballs is to make them into their meatball shape and then store them that way.

One of the big tips that I learned early on is to freeze meatballs in a single row. This will help them thaw out quicker and make them easier to grab and use as well. Plus, they tend to keep their shape a little bit better as well when they aren’t stacked on top of each other.

The next time that you’re craving a simple meatball recipe that will have the kids and everyone in your house sprinting to get to the table, this is the one for you. In just a short amount of time, your meatballs will be cooked perfectly and ready and waiting for you to enjoy!

If you love Swedish Meatballs, you have got to try this savory great recipe which is a delicious comfort food recipe and one that is absolutely delicious. Our family love this recipe and we hope you and your family will as well.

Ingredients For Swedish Meatballs

  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork
  • Egg
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Vegetable or Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Beef stock
  • Heavy cream or sour cream

(Actual measurements are in the recipe card below.)

A double picture of Swedish Meatballs, the top picture is a dozen meatballs and gravy served over egg noodles and the bottom picture is half of a meatball with egg noodles on a fork.

How Do You Make Swedish Meatball Sauce From Scratch

  • Start out by melting the butter in a large skillet or frying pan, then sauté onions until they are translucent. Set aside to cool.
  • Next, add pork and beef, along with the egg, seasonings, bread crumbs and parsley to a medium bowl and combine together.
  • Once the onions have cooled a bit, add to meat mixture and combine.
  • Using a one inch to one and a half inch cookie scoop, form meatballs and add the meatballs to plate or baking sheet until ready to be cooked.
  • Brown the meatballs, a batch at a time, drain the excess oil from pan but keep the brown bits.
  • Melt butter and then sprinkle flour into pan.
  • Whisk butter and flour together for about a minute until smooth.
  • Gently pour the beef broth into pan, whisking continuously until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Next, pour the heavy cream into the sauce, stir and place the meatballs back into the creamy gravy sauce.
  • Lower the heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Lastly, serve the meatballs over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.

Swedish Meatballs - a collage photo with Swedish meatballs and gravy on a bed of egg noodles.

More Meatball Recipes To Try

Swedish Meatballs

These delicious Swedish Meatballs are so flavorful and easy to make. Better than IKEA meatballs!

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Servings 30 Meatballs



For The Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For The Sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream


For The Swedish Meatballs

  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to cast iron skillet and saute onions until translucent. Remove from flame, set aside and let cool.

  • Using a medium bowl, mix ground beef, ground pork, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice, bread crumbs, and parsley together.

  • Once onions have cooled a bit, add to meat mixture.

  • Using a small cookie scoop, about 1- 1½ inch. Scoop out meat mixture, roll until smooth and tight and place onto a plate or baking sheet (the baking sheet is only used to place the meatballs on).

  • Add oil to skillet, cook half of the meatballs on medium heat until browned on all sides.

  • Remove browned meatballs from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate. Continue cooking the remaining meatballs, then remove from pan.

For The Sauce

  • Drain excess oil from pan, keeping the brown bits.

  • Melt 3 tablespoon of butter over medium heat then sprinkle flour into pan,

  • Whisk butter and flour for 1 minute until smooth, then gently pour beef broth into pan, whisking continuously until the sauce starts to thicken.

  • Pour heavy cream into sauce, stir, and place meatballs back into skillet. Lower heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, about 10-12 minutes.

  • Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice and with lingonberry jam, if desired.

Keyword Better than IKEA Meatballs, Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs

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A close up view of Swedish Meatballs and gravy over egg noodles in a light blue bowl.A photo of Swedish Meatballs and gravy in a skillet as they are cooking.

Enjoy, Terri

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