Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs - crazy delicious ground beef meatballs in a creamy rich gravy sauce. Can be served as it is or with egg noodles or mashed potatoes.  Family-friendly no-fuss cooking for a busy weeknight!

Course Main
Keyword easy dinner, meatballs, swedish meatballs
Servings 12 - 16 meatballs
Calories 182 kcal
Author Imma


  • 1 pound (453.6 g) ground beef
  • ¼ cup (12.5 g) panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon (4 g) parsley , chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.60 g) ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.50 g) ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup (29 g) onion , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon (4 g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

Swedish Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) butter
  • 3 tablespoons (30 g) flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) beef broth
  • ¼  cup (60 g) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) garlic
  • 2 teaspoons (2 g) thyme (optional)
  • ¼  cup (57.5 g) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon (17 g) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine ground beef, panko, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and egg. Mix well using a spatula until fully combined.

  2. Roll the minced meat mixture into 12 large meatballs or 16 small meatballs. Heat oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium high heat. Add the meatballs in batches and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and cooked throughout. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

  3. Add butter and melt, add in flour to skillet and whisk until it turns brown and smooth. Slowly
    stir in beef broth and heavy cream, cook for about a minute. Add garlic, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Slowly stir till it fully comes together. Add in the sour cream, stir it in to fully combine. Bring sauce to a boil and simmer until sauce starts to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Add the meatballs back to the skillet and simmer for another 1-2 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can go all ground pork like I do or a 50-50 pork and beef ratio. You can even make this with ground chicken or turkey!
  2. Panko breadcrumbs is a Japanese variety of breadcrumb that has light airy and delicate texture that helps it beautifully crisp as it cooks. Furthermore, panko breadcrumbs actually ABSORBS LESS oil than the usual breadcrumbs.
  3. For a lower-carb option, you may replace Panko breadcrumbs with almond meal.
  4. If you’re watchful with your calorie intake, you can replace heavy cream with reduced-fat cream. Half and half would work, too, but be careful NOT to bring it to a boil or it may separate.
  5. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.