The Best Swedish Meatballs

The Best Swedish Meatballs are smothered in the most amazing rich and creamy gravy. The meatballs are packed with such delicious flavor. You will quickly agree these are the BEST you have ever had! 

Swedish Meatballs in a frying pan with a metal spoon.

The countdown until school starts is happening at our house. We have been SO busy getting ready. My oldest is starting Jr High! I just can’t believe it. Even when I was registering him I remembered walking down the halls of my jr high like it was yesterday. It is so weird to be a parent and watch your kids grow up so fast. And then you remember that you are just getting old. 😉

With school starting I am all about easy and delicious weeknight meals. Swedish meatballs are such a classic perfect meal!

And the best part… my entire family LOVES them!

Close up of Swedish Meatballs in a frying pan with a metal spoon.

I used similar ingredients for the meatballs from my mom’s recipe here. But the creamy sauce has a secret ingredient that our family loves which I think adds such amazing flavor. Worcestershire sauce. It really adds good flavor to the creamy sauce and takes it to the next level.

The creamy gravy sauce is really what makes this meal so incredible!

Close up overhead photo of Swedish Meatballs with a metal spoon.

This meal is ready in just 30 minutes and perfect for feeding a hungry family during the week. We loved serving ours over egg noddles, but it would also be great served over mashed potatoes or rice. It is such a classic recipe and this one I believe is the best! I know that it will become a favorite in your family as well.

The Best Swedish Meatballs over noodles in a White Bowl

The Best Swedish Meatballs

4.71 from 210 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6
The Best Swedish Meatballs are smothered in the most amazing rich and creamy gravy. The meatballs are packed with such delicious flavor you will agree these are the BEST you have ever had!
Course Main Course


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium sized bowl combine ground beef, panko, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and egg. Mix until combined.

  2. Roll into 12 large meatballs or 20 small meatballs. In a large skillet heat olive oil and 1 Tablespoon butter. Add the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and cooked throughout. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

  3. Add 4 Tablespoons butter and flour to skillet and whisk until it turns brown. Slowly stir in beef broth and heavy cream. Add worchestershire sauce and dijon mustard and bring to a simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the meatballs back to the skillet and simmer for another 1-2 minutes. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

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Nutrition Facts
The Best Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 712mg30%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 987IU20%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Heading to Swedish midsummer this weekend and I will make the meatballs ahead and freeze them. Is it ok to freeze the sauce or do you think it’s better to make the sauce on the day? I will double the recipe as I have 10 to feed.

    1. This was amazing. I have wanted to make Swedish meatballs and was often intimidated by other recipes, until I found yours. My 5 kids, 8 years and under gobbled this right up. Next time, I’ll have to double the recipe so we can have it for leftovers!

  2. 5 stars
    I made the meatballs and my daughter made the sauce. She added baby bella mushrooms to the sauce.She did sauté the mushrooms after I cooked the meatballs. This was served with small egg noodles and was delicious!!.We will definitely cook this again

  3. 5 stars
    This was SO GOOD. I actually bought ready-made veal meatballs from Longos. I cooked the meatballs in the pan and followed the recipe exactly for the gravy. Turned out delicious! My husband couldn’t get enough.

  4. 5 stars
    This was so yum and the family loved it both times i made it and i have fussy lil boys. The 2nd time i actually had planned to make it with turkey but ran out of time to do the meatballs so just cooked it with the mince and flavour was still great, just had to cook sauce down a bit more and added vegies. Did add extra mustard because we love it and was so yum.

  5. 5 stars
    So yummy!! This recipe did NOT disappoint! I have made other Swedish meatball recipes before, but this one is the best. Only change I made was using half ground beef and half ground pork.

  6. 5 stars
    Of course my family knows Swedish meatballs from Ikea. So when i decided to try and make them at home i searched for a recipe. I had made another recipe recently that i didn’t love. It was okay just not outstanding. I found yours and liked the sounds of it so much more. So glad i tried it because it turned out so much better than the other one i made. My husband said it was delicious and 2 thumbs up. I even happened to find some lingonberry sauce at the market as i was standing in line. It was meant to be. So good, thank you for an excellent dish. Will most certainly make again.

  7. I have never made Swedish meatballs before. The recipe was so it and the family loved them. Will be a repeat for our family.

  8. Can you make these in a crockpot? Or could you cook the meatballs in the oven and then make the sauce on the stove top and then add them to the sauce?

  9. I used vegetarian meatballs and used vegetable broth instead of beef broth. THIS WAS DELICIOUS!!!! Will definitely make again. Even my meat-eating family LOVED this meal!Traci

  10. 5 stars
    Wow! Really good recipe! I had always used the packaged mix. But that doesn’t even come close to this. I doubled the recipe and added portabella mushrooms. My husband LOVES it! This will be on the regular menu. Thank so much for this great recipe!😎

  11. 5 stars
    My family and I loved this recipe! I added ground pork for some extra flavor and sauted sliced baby Bella mushrooms to the sauce. The only think I would do differently would be to saute the onions rather than adding fresh chopped onion. Not a complaint, just an adjustment i’ll make for next time. I’d be adding this the to dinner rotation for sure!

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to make these and also make enough to freeze for easy protein options. They are so good!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I doubled the recipe and made 40 meatballs out of it. ❤️

  13. My son is recovering from pancreatitis and a gallbladder removal and has to limit his fat and dairy intake. He loves Swedish Meatballs and was really craving them. I substituted ground turkey, low fat chicken broth, vegan plant based butter and a plant based half n half.

    Turned out rich, creamy (dairy free) and delicious!

  14. 5 stars
    They named this recipe right!!! I left out the allspice (my family doesn’t like it) and these were the best I’ve ever had.

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for about a year now. In the summer months I make them in the instant pot to keep from heating up the kitchen.
    We absolutely LOVE this recipe!
    My daughter makes it a point to stay for dinner the nights I make these. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thank you so much!

  16. I am planning on making this tonight and wanted to know what percentage lean ground beef to use. Regular? Lean? Extra lean?

    Thank you and I can’t wait to try these!

  17. 5 stars
    Absolutely AMAZING!!! Nothing like quick cook and delicious meals! We made ours over spaghetti squash and the freshness of the squash added a sweet side to it as well! Perfect perfect perfect! We also tried to add mushrooms into the gravy and it was wonderful 🙂

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