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How to Bake Meatballs in the Oven on a Cookie Sheet

author image Susan Peterson
Susan Peterson is the author of five books, including "Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes" and "Clare: A Novel." She holds a Ph.D. in text theory from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an avid cook and gardener.
How to Bake Meatballs in the Oven on a Cookie Sheet
It's easy to bake meatballs on a baking sheet with or without parchment paper (shown here as optional). Photo Credit: Ingrid Heczko/iStock/Getty Images

Traditionally, meatballs were fried in oil in a frying pan. Baking meatballs, however, has several advantages over frying them. It doesn't require oil, so baked meatballs have a lower fat content than fried. Baked meatballs also take less time and effort; you don't have to watch them on the stove and turn them as they brown. And a baking sheet holds more meatballs than even the largest skillet, so you can make them easily for a crowd.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Mix the milk into the dried bread crumbs in the bowl. Let the mixture sit while you finely chop the onions. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Mix well, using your hands.

Step 3

Spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 4

Roll a golf-ball-sized glob of meatloaf mixture back and forth between your palms until you have a sphere. Set it on the baking sheet. Roll the rest of the meatballs, placing them at least 1 inch apart on the sheet.

Step 5

Bake the meatballs for 12 to 15 minutes. If you would like to turn them halfway through the baking process, do so with a spatula. They are rounder and more evenly browned if you turn them, but doing so isn't necessary.

Step 6

Remove the meatballs from the oven when a thermometer inserted in the center of largest one reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove them carefully from the pan using a spatula.

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