We know what youre thinking: meatballs? But hear us out.

Whether you’re feeding your family or hosting a dinner party, meatballs are a crowd-pleaser that leave everyone satisfied. Obviously there’s the classic spaghetti and meatballs, but sometimes it’s fun to think outside the box and experiment with creative twists, including meat-free options. Best of all, these recipes can be made ahead of time and in bulk, so when you’re short on time but still want a delicious and satisfying dinner all you have to do is pull a batch out of the freezer.

We asked our community to share their tried-and-true recipes, and they certainly came through! Check out their favorites:

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Asian Turkey Meatballs

“This recipe is a little different but it’s simple and I typically always have the ingredients on hand. It really hits the spot when I’m craving Chinese takeout but know I should cook the food at home. Great with zoodles or rice!” Mandy Cherry

Turkey Trot Meatballs

“Who doesn’t love Shalane’s recipes? When I saw these turkey meatballs, I knew they’d quickly become a family favorite. Super easy to make, super
tasty, and a great alternative to red meat.” April Hopkins

Turkey Pesto Meatballs

‘These turkey pesto meatballs are amazing! Excellent served with the pasta as suggested, or perfect for a meatball sub, or meatball and fresh mozzarella paninis. Bonus: They can be made with store-bought pesto, which makes them a quick, easy dinner!” Michelle San Antonio

Curry Chicken Meatballs

“I grew up on Indian food because my mom was raised in India, and this recipe is great with the curry spices. Sometimes to make it even easier, I use pre-made frozen turkey meatballs as a substitute.” Anna Carlson

Simple Vegan Meatballs

Meatballs don’t have to be made from meat. Vegetarians and vegans will love this recipe, and carnivores can add this to their “meatless Monday” rotation. Gretchen Carlson

Cheeseburger Meatballs

These cheeseburger meatballs are stuffed with cheddar, drizzled with special sauce, and served with lettuce, tomato, and pickled onions. “Kids love these and they’re easy to make gluten free.” Lorinda Donaldson

Honey Siracha Glazed Meatballs

Looking for a batch of meatballs that come with a kick? Give these a try. BAMRbassador Kim calls these “spicy and delicious!” Kim Frick

Chicken Tofu Tsukune

“I recently discovered this Asian spin on meatballs—eating them harkens memories of my recent family trip to Japan! The tofu adds a welcome lightness and moisture without altering the flavor. I serve them on jasmine rice with Persian cucumbers dressed in a little rice wine vinegar, all sprinkled with sesame seeds.” Sarah Bowen Shea

Swedish Meatballs

“My mother-in-law made the best Swedish meatballs, and when my family wants comfort food that recalls dinners around her kitchen table I cook a batch of these. This recipe is similar to her own but a bit easier to make; and while there’s nothing healthy about the sauce, you just can’t skip it.” Cathy Engstrom

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