Simple Swedish Meatballs

There’s nothing better than homemade meatballs and my version of Swedish Meatballs is the ultimate comfort food.  Bathed in a rich, creamy gravy and perched on a pile of buttery egg noodles, these are WAY better than IKEA!

Simple Swedish Meatballs |

We have a playroom in the basement that needs attention….desperately.  I wanted to post a pic to show you just how disastrous the room is right not but it would hurt your eyes and, probably, ruin your appetite.  I’ve been begging my husband to go to IKEA for the past few weeks without any luck.  I’ll, most likely, have to go there alone….and afraid.  That place stresses me out. If you haven’t been to an IKEA, let me take you on a little visual tour.  The place is gigantic….like an insanely huge warehouse filled with 25 or more of your very own dream rooms.  When you walk in, you’re greeted by the biggest petri dish on the planet….the kids playroom.  Completely with ball pit.  Germ fest going on there.  Landon has never stepped foot in that room…we’re usually in and out in record time.  Head upstairs on the escalator and you weave through a maze like arrangement of modernly decorated mini abodes.  Like room after room is a perfectly showcased urban oasis that you could just pull a tag off the wall and, basically, buy the whole room. Next up, accessories….tons of them, like a sea of plate, posters, and fuzzy rugs.  And finally….the cafeteria….with their famous Swedish Meatballs…which are really good but not as good as mine. This is the end of the tour….let’s whip up some meatballs, shall we?

Simple Swedish Meatballs |

Did I mention that I HATE going to IKEA?  The place gives me a severe case of anxiety.  I can’t stay more than 20 minutes MAX and never get to the point where I want to sit down to a plate of meatballs for $3.99.  No…I need to get home. So, to kill my Swedish Meatball craving I make my own. And they’re much better than IKEA.  Like a thousand times better…because they’re homemade and because they’re amazing. 🙂

Simple Swedish Meatballs |

These Swedish Meatballs are really easy to make and come together pretty quickly.  I like to pile them high on a mountain of buttered egg noodles tossed with a bit of chopped parsley.  The blend of the two together is like nothing else.  And homemade is always better….like THESE meatballs.…people will be begging you to make these week after week.  So…just add them to your weekly meal plan now.  And maybe these meatballs too, they were famous on Facebook last week.  They’re pretty epic.

Simple Swedish Meatballs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, swedish
Keyword: swedish meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 520 kcal
Author: Kellie

Better than IKEA, these Swedish Meatballs are swimming in a rich gravy for a one pot meal the whole family will dig.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook until softened. Allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg and allspice until combined. Form the mixture into 1 inch balls.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in the skillet over medium heat and add the meatballs to the pan. Saute the meatballs until golden brown on all sides, about 7-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to a platter. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet and return to the heat. Add the flour to the pan and whisk until golden brown, approximately 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the beef stock and whisk until the sauce begins to thicken. Whisk in the cream and continue to cook until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Return the meatballs to the pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Serve over egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 804mg 34%
Potassium 748mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 8.2%
Iron 20.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

23 comments on “Simple Swedish Meatballs”

  1. I love Swedish meatballs! Growing up it was one of my favorite meals. I love the simplicity of these and that gravy is perfection!

  2. I used to eat these all the time growing up and I have never been able to find a recipe that is close to my mom’s. This is going to be the one, I can just feel it! What great Winter comfort food!

  3. These look so tasty. Just the kind of simply. homey dinner I love when it’s cold and raining.

  4. I didn’t know that my favorite Ikea treat were this easy!! Best day!

  5. My family always got the frozen meatballs from Ikea when I was younger– we loved them! BUT I have a feeling that yours taste a million x better! That first picture had my mouth watering immediately! I can’t wait to try these! Pinned!

  6. These look so good! Gorgeous lighting in your photographs!

  7. Swedish Meatballs are soooo freaking delicious. I tend to buy the little mix from IKEA. I know. Lazy. Now I’ll be trying it from scratch at home 🙂

  8. I love Swedish Meatballs and can’t wait to try your version! I can totally relate to your feelings about IKEA. We moved our son into a new apartment in a new city recently and spent (way too much) time in IKEA – very stressful place.

  9. Hahahaha! I had to laugh at your very accurate descriptions of IKEA. I am a huge fan of the place. My hubby and I just went on Friday and packed a mini van full of home and office furniture. I’m pretty sure he won’t let me go back for many, many years after that one! Those meatballs there get me every time! I love making them at home too, but I’ll have to try this version for sure. They look amazing!!!

  10. I’m with you, the thought of IKEA beings on anxiety but their meatballs (and $1 ice cream cones) get me every time. All about making my own at home instead 🙂

  11. I love Swedish meatballs! My mom used to make them when I was a child and serve them with simple noodles and it was my favorite comfort food. I don’t make them nearly as often as I should but definitely need to try this recipe soon!

  12. These are delicious and easy! I tweeked the sauce just a bit, added a dash of season salt, two tablespoons of lite sour cream and healthy dose of Marsala. Wicked good!!

  13. These look great! And I LOVE IKEA!!!!!!!!

  14. I’ll be trying it…….As soon as I can! !!

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