Ranch Meatballs

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  • Dry ranch seasoning, ground beef and breadcrumbs come together to form the best Ranch Meatballs! Perfectly tender, juicy, zesty and delicious!

    toothpick picking up a ranch meatball

    With simple ingredients and 35 minutes, you can make these delicious EASY Ranch Meatballs for dinner! A great way to spice up your spaghetti and meatballs!

    You’ve had cocktail meatballs and Italian style meatballs, but have you had ranch meatballs?

    These little nuggets are just like regular meatballs, but laced with the spices of dry Ranch dressing mix. What are those seasonings?

    • dry powdered buttermilk
    • dried parsley flakes
    • dried dill
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • dried onion flakes
    • ground black pepper
    • dried chives
    • fine sea salt

    You are probably familiar with all of the ingredients in this ranch meatballs recipe with the exception of maybe one. Dry powdered buttermilk.

    dry ranch seasoning mix

    Dry powdered buttermilk is just like any other dry powdered milk. It is made from actual buttermilk, which is the liquid left behind after churning to milk butter, but fermented so it is a little funky.

    But then dehydrated so it has a much longer shelf life. Let’s be honest, I don’t use that much buttermilk. Maybe here and there for fried chickenpancakes and waffles, but not on the regular.

    ranch cocktail meatballs in a dish with ranch rice

    How to make Ranch Meatballs

    The recipe is simple, just place all the ingredients together and toss until combined. The key to perfect meatballs is to not overwork the ingredients. In fact, it is recommended to toss the meat to form balls rather than rolling or packing.

    ranch meatball ingredients

    You can use plain breadcrumbs to make these easy ranch meatballs, or even seasoned. The reason why I didn’t was that the ranch mix has enough to flavor to compensate for the small amount of Italian seasoning in the seasoned varieties.

    And you don’t even have to use bread crumbs if you don’t want to. Cracker crumbs like saltines or club cracker also work. I’ve even heard of some folks using cereal like Corn Flakes. You do need some binder though or else they will fall apart.

    raw ranch meatballs on a wood cutting board

    Do I have to use beef?

    Nope! Any kind of ground meat will work for ranch meatballs. Chicken, pork (even spicy Italian sausage), turkey or beef will do. Keep in mind that you’ll want a tiny bit of fat to help bind it all together.

    cooked ranch meatballs with parsley

    You can even use a blend of ground meats or a meatloaf mix, commonly beef, veal and pork.

    Can I freeze cocktail meatballs?

    Ranch meatballs can be frozen after being cooked. Place into an airtight bag and freeze for up to 6 months. They can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in the oven. Place aluminum foil over the dish to reheat so they don’t dry out.

    Ranch meatballs can also be made into big meatballs. This recipe will make about 12 large meatballs suitable for spaghetti and meatballs or any other dish you might want to make with them.

    ranch meatballs for Pinterest

    More of my favorite ranch recipes:

    Ranch Butter
    A close up of roll with butter
    Ranch butter is easy homemade seasoned butter perfect for taking any dish using regular butter to the next level. Baked potatoes, pasta, seafood & poultry!
    Chipotle Ranch Dressing
    chipotle ranch dressing pouring on to a salad
    Add some zing to your homemade ranch with this Chipotle Ranch Dressing recipe! Made with only 4 simple ingredients.
    close up of ranch meatballs for pinterest

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    Ranch Meatballs

    With simple ingredients and 35 minutes, you can make these delicious EASY Ranch Meatballs for dinner! A great way to spice up your spaghetti and meatballs!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: ranch meatballs
    Servings: 30
    Calories: 50kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
    • In a medium mixing bowl, combine together ground beef, egg, milk, bread crumbs and Ranch seasoning. Toss until combined.
    • Roll meatballs into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place into a coated baking dish. You’ll have about 30 meatballs.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
    • Remove and serve immediately with your choice of dipping sauce.
    • Come back and let us know how they were!

    Notes

    Ranch meatballs can be frozen after being cooked. Place into an airtight bag and freeze for up to 6 months.
    They can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in the oven. Place aluminum foil over the dish to reheat so they don’t dry out.
    Ranch meatballs can also be made into big meatballs. This recipe will make about 12 large meatballs suitable for spaghetti and meatballs or any other dish you might want to make with them.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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