Extra Lean BBQ Meatballs with Sweet Onion

My daughter is always asking me to make her homemade BBQ meatballs. The lean ground beef I use is super lean and is hormone and antibiotic free, so I feel good about feeding it to my family and it’s a great source of Iron and Protein for small, developing bodies. I buy it in bulk at our wholesale store for about $2.99 a lb or less. They are great paired up with some brown rice or couscous and a crispy green salad. This recipe would also work great with ground turkey, pork or chicken. Here is the recipe for the BBQ Meatballs. Makes about 20 meatballs.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 chopped sweet onion (shaved onion if you don’t like chunked)
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. plain bread crumbs or 1 piece or bread blended
  • 1 1/2 c. of BBQ sauce
  • Mix all ingredients together except for 1 c. of the BBQ sauce. (You will be adding 1/2 c. of BBQ sauce into the meatballs and 1 cup over the top before baking.)
  • Roll meatballs into small golf ball sized rounds and place gently in a baking dish.
  • Cover meatballs with the remaining 1 c. of BBQ sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until they are brown and firm.
  • Enjoy!
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