How Long to Cook Meatballs in Oven at 350


You’ve heard that you should cook meatballs in a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop to get them done right, but did you know you can also bake them in the oven? Cooking meatballs in an oven is just as easy and less messy than cooking them on the stove. Plus, they won’t fall apart during cooking or cooling like they might when pan-fried or baked. You’ll love this shortcut!

Preheat the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Set a timer for 20 minutes and place the meatballs on a baking sheet.

Roll the meatballs.

Now, it’s time to roll the meatballs. If you have a small ice cream scoop, this will be easier than trying to roll them with your hands. You want them to be uniform and not too big or small–and they shouldn’t be too thick or thin either.

Place the meatballs on a baking sheet.


Use a baking sheet. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet, spreading them out so that they don’t touch.

Don’t overcrowd them! You want them to be able to cook evenly and not steam each other, which can make them rubbery and tough. Do not use a cookie sheet! Cookies are supposed to be soft and chewy, but if you put meatballs on one, they’ll come out more like hockey pucks than anything else.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Meatballs should be browned on the outside and hot and juicy on the inside. If you’re using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature of your meatballs should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit when they’re done baking in the oven at 350 degrees.

You can bake meatballs in the oven!

You can bake meatballs in the oven!

  • Use a meatball recipe. You can find some great ones online, or use one of your own. There are plenty of recipes that call for ground beef, pork, or turkey as well as different kinds of spices and seasonings.
  • Make your own sauce. If you have time to make homemade sauce–and we recommend that you do–it will add even more flavor to your baked meatballs (and make them taste even better when served over pasta).
  • Serve them with pasta or rice if desired; either option works well with these tasty treats!


With these tips, you can bake meatballs in the oven and enjoy them for dinner!

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