Meatball Poppers

Meatball Poppers

Say hello to everyone's favorite culinary delight—meatballs! And why wouldn't they be? Whether it's a casual dinner or a fancy party, these bite-sized wonders never fail to steal the show. They're also great for a quick lunch over some veggies.

Imagine this (I bet you can already taste it!): Juicy ground beef, a dash of spices, and a hit of veggies wrapped up in a delightful spherical package. And the best part? They are super easy to prepare!

Now, the recipe I'm going to share yields 12 servings, but this convenient recipe is very easy to double—or even triple—the portions if you're prepping for your upcoming party. A whopping 36 meatballs? No sweat!

Prep time: 20 min • Cook time: 25-30 min • Yield: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼ cup minced celery
  • ¼ cup minced carrot
  • ¼ cup minced walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line an 11-x 17-inch rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the beef, pepper, cayenne, and chili powder. Use your hands to mix well.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook until they're translucent, about 4-minutes. Add the walnuts and sauté for an additional 2-minutes.
  4. Set the onion mixture aside until it's cooked enough to handle. Combine the cooled mixture with the meat and form it into 24 meatballs, roughly 1-inch in size.
  5. Place meatballs on the lined baking pan and bake 25- to 30-minutes.
Notes These meatballs are the best grab and go snacks! Freeze these and stock up.