This frozen meatball recipe is a kid-pleaser. They are stuffed with hidden nutrition and I make a ton of them and freeze them so they're ready.

Frozen Meatball Recipe for Bulk Cooking

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This frozen meatball recipe is a kid-pleaser. They are stuffed with hidden nutrition and I can make a ton of them ahead of time and freeze them so they’re ready. It’s the perfect daycare freezer meal.

baked italian meatball on a sheet tray just out of the oven

I love freezer meals and bulk cooking! It saves us tons of time and effort at meal times when the kids are here. See how we simplify menu planning at Little Sprouts. My kids love meatballs, meatloaf, and anything else with those “spaghetti or pizza flavors” that are in Italian food. If it smells like pizza in here, everyone is hungry!

frozen meatball recipe for bulk cooking, close up of a hot meatball fresh from the oven on a sheet tray

Meatballs for kids

Meatballs are similar to meatloaf, but I made these in small balls for less hassle and waste. This frozen meatball recipe uses two per serving for a 3-4-year-old. They are easy to divide, easy to serve seconds and all the kids gobble them up.

Getting kids to eat nutritious food is super important, but it’s not always easy. After 28 years of running a home daycare, I’ve seen all kinds of eaters, and I know how to feed the pickiest at least something. Here are more ideas for dinner that might work with picky eaters.

Click here to see more bulk freezer cooking ideas that my Little Sprouts love:

Bulk meatballs

I have included a quadruple batch of freezer meatballs recipe so you can make a huge batch and put a bunch in the freezer for the next time. If you are going to make a mess and cook, you might as well really get something done. 

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frozen meatball recipe for bulk cooking, sheet tray with dozens of meatballs fresh from the oven.

For more about how to get picky kids to eat healthy foods, click on the highlighted text. And to change your family’s eating lifestyle, check out zero to hero nutrition. You’re going to be amazed at how easy it is with just a little time and some extra effort to change how your family eats. Even how you eat! This freezer meatball recipe for bulk cooking is just the beginning. 

And you can even use them to make these fun creepy meatball eyeballs for Halloween! Or kid-pleasing Pepperoni Meatball Roll Ups.

For even more make-ahead freezer meals that you can prepare ahead, check out this post.

For more ground beef ideas, check these out:

Frozen meatball recipe

bulk meatballs full of veggies on a sheet pan fresh from the oven
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Real Food Meatballs x 4

Multi batch of kid friendly meatballs made from real food.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time32 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian meatballs, meatballs
Servings: 20
Author: Christina Kamp


  • 4 lb ground meat
  • 2 chopped onion
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 2 c. quick oats or make your own from old fashioned
  • 1 c. grated cheese
  • 2 c. tomato sauce
  • 4 tsp. thyme
  • 4 tsp. parsley
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Ketchup to top


  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Grind up oats in your food processor to make quick oats
  • Dump oats in a bowl
  • Make bread crumbs in your food processor
  • Dump crumbs in the bowl
  • Chop up onion and garlic in your food processor
  • Dump into bowl with oats and crumbs
  • Add egg, cheese, tomato sauce, herbs and salt and pepper
  • Mix well
  • Add meat and mix lightly until just mixed
  • Scoop balls in small muffin scoop and roll lightly to shape
  • Bake 10-12 minutes
  • Makes 80 balls or 20 servings (for preschool agers)

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  1. I love meatballs for kids – they’re so versatile! They’re great in a lunchbox with a little mango chutney, yogurt dip, or put into pitta pockets with salad.

  2. I never liked making meatballs because they are so hard to fry up right in a fry pan. The oven is the best trick. I have one other – and that is actually throwing them into a pan of spaghetti sauce and cooking them with the sauce. SUPER EASY too!