Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatball Appetizer Recipe

Whether you are looking for a holiday meatball appetizer recipe or a general recipe for healthy meatballs, these Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion!

Meatballs in pan

Hi, it’s Linley.

When you think of a classic appetizer that is at every holiday or game day celebration, what comes to mind?

Meatballs.

How many homemade meatballs have you eaten as a holiday appetizer? Whether you are a bbq meatball person or a traditional Swedish meatball lover, we can all agree that they are a staple during the holidays.

We have a handful of healthy meatballs on FFF like our Red Coconut Curry Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice and Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs and you guys have made these over and over again. For good reason, they are DELICIOUS. I do have to say I am in love with everything kung pao, so those meatballs will always have a special place in my heart. However, when we developed this Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatball recipe, I fell a little bit more in love.

Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat, these Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion!

How to Make Meatballs

In this healthy meatball recipe, the sweet and savory mixture of the herbs and balsamic are a serious taste-bud pleaser. Even better, these healthy meatballs are ready in 30-minutes or less!

  • Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Step 2: Brown them for a short while on the stove-top and then add the balsamic vinegar.
  • Step 3: Let the balsamic vinegar reduce, and you’ve got yourself a delicious beef meatball recipe.

The day we made these bad boys we added them to our bowl for lunch and HOLY SMOKES, they were to die for. Not only are these meatballs a great appetizer, but you can make them for dinner and have them as a great meal-prep option for the week. We loved them in a buddha bowl, but they would be delicious tossed with some sauteed vegetables and pasta! These are some pretty versatile meatballs, don’t you think?! Now, add them to your MUST MAKE list.

Healthy Meatballs FAQ

What is the best meatball recipe?

I might be biased, but I believe this Balsamic Thyme Balsamic Meatball Appetizer recipe is the very best! If these don’t fancy your taste buds, check out our other meatball recipes HERE.

How do I cook meatballs in the oven at 350?

Easy! Instead of pan frying these meatballs, you can simply bake them at 400ºF for 25ish minutes or until fully cooked.

How do you make juicy meatballs in the oven?

If you want to cook these meatballs in the oven you can follow the above step and bake them at around 400ºF for 25 minutes.The key to juicy meatballs is making sure that you have enough fat in your meat! That’s why for this recipe we recommend using beef instead of turkey!

How do you make meatballs tender?

For tender meatballs, make sure you do not overcook them or end they will become tough and harder to eat! This beef meatball recipe is better than any other healthy meatball recipe because of the beef and the fat content it has.

Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat, these Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion! Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat. These Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion! Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat. These Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion!

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Recipe

Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs

Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer, meal-prep for the week, or a game-day treat, these Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for every occasion!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 20 meatballs
Category: Appetizer
Method: Stove-Top
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a castiron skillet over medium/high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Then, place beef, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix together so that everything is fully combined.
  3. Use a tablespoon scoop to form meatballs in your palms. Then, place on heated cast iron skillet and repeat until meat mixture is gone.
  4. Use tongs to turn meatballs until all sides have browned. Add balsamic vinegar and turn heat down to medium.
  5. Let meatballs cook in the balsamic vinegar for 6-9 minutes, rotating meatballs every couple minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and serve as an appetizer or for dinner!

Notes

  • Make sure you don’t overcook your meatballs or they will become tough.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/20
  • Calories: 101
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 315
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 7
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