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! 

The Best Swedish Meatballs Recipe & Dish

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!

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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!

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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.

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The Best Swedish Meatballs

4.69 from 195 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 [url:2]large skillet[/url] 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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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. 4 stars
    I got complimented for this dish and was asked to repeat it another time. The sauce is the secret for this success. I cooked the meatballs in one skillet and cooked the sauce in another skillet before combining both. I only got 4 main course servings over egg noodles.

  2. 4 stars
    This was delicious and so easy! I served mine over mashed potatoes and I could see this being great with some sautéed mushrooms added into the sauce… I’ll try that next time!

  3. 5 stars
    I tried the recipe but I cheated and bought a bag of swedish meatballs and just made the sauce but tge sauce was wonderful! I added just a little allspice and nutmeg to the sauce just for extra flavor! Next time I will do it all from scratch. Delicious!

  4. 3 stars
    Meatballs are one of my “go-to” meals and I can usually spice them either up or down, depending on my sauce recipe. These were just okay.
    I used a half & half mixture of pork and beef, and added just a touch of paprika for added taste. I baked them in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, they were perfectly browned without the effort of frying. They looked great and were moist and tender. But for me, they tasted really bland. Even with the mustard, worchester sauce, and other spices, they tasted more like plain old burgers, nothing special. The sauce was good though, and the only cheat I had there was upping the salt and pepper to taste. But I cook only for myself, and don’t have to worry about toning down spices especially for kids. All in all, I will make them again but I’m going to doctor up the spice factor for a bit more punch. They were easy to make which is the main issue for me. Here’s a tip I learned from another blogger,** helpful for getting the most flavor from onion and breadcrumbs. I grate the onion and mix in the breadcrumbs**, and let that sit for about 20 minutes. The breadcrumbs absorb all the juice from the onions and keeps you from getting bites of raw onion in the final dish. It also gives the breadcrumbs lots of moisture which is sometimes missing when using a lean cut of meat. Thanks for posting this recipe, it gives a good basic start to a simple meal plan.

    **NAGI: RecipeTinEats

    1. 3 stars
      I actually agree with you. This was my second time making this and I doctored it up by adding slap ya mama seasoning and the Tony’s Cajun seasoning as well. I thought the sauce needed more flavor so I added some chicken buillon cubes, seasoning salt, and sour cream. It turned out pretty good. Both of those seasonings will change your life! I recommend purchasing them!

      1. I make mine with cream of mushrooms soup and sour cream, adding g in heavy cream all of these sound so good! Super bowl Sunday and swedish meatballs! Let’s go !

    2. The thing is Swedish meatballs are all about the meat and texture with simple seasoning. Most of the flavour is in the sauce. If you’re used to more heavily flavoured meatballs then this probably isnt the right recipe for you.

    3. 3 stars
      To many comments on how you do your own recipe… If you have your own post it on another site… This is a basic fast dinner for moms on the go… Plus all the mistakes you made the first time or couple of times tells me to are a newbie to cooking…

  5. 5 stars
    A fantastic recipe. So delicious. I added some Parmesan at the end as it simmered and then added the meatballs. The sauce is excellent. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. I have never tried this recipe but I can just taste it reading the ingredients! I was wondering if there was a way to try this without the egg. My youngest son is highly allergic to eggs and I would love to make this for my entire family.

  7. 5 stars
    This meatball recipe is excellent and family-worthy! Delish. My kids were scared at first but after one polite bite they dug in and we had to fight over the last bite! Thanks for sharing.
    One modification was using ground down pretzel sticks for the panko and soy milk instead of cream (to protect against our dairy allergies). Nonetheless I will be repeating this savory dish!

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this and it’s delicious! Only had whole grain dijon and it changed the texture a little, but loved the flavor it added and will use grey poupon next time. Also added a little sour cream at the end but it didn’t need it at all (I just love sour cream). Will committ this to memory, Thanks!

  9. 5 stars
    Oh man. Just finished making this and it really hit the spot. I was also able to put it together pretty quick.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe
    I followed it exactly and they came out great. Initially it tasted like a bit too much flour but once I put them in the oven after they came out great! Whata wonderful addition to thanksgiving this year.

  11. 5 stars
    This dish turned out so well! It reminded me of the Swedish meatballs my grandmother used to make. My boyfriend really enjoyed it. I’ll keep this recipe in my weekly rotation.

  12. I made these tonight, the only change I made was added sautéed mushrooms to the sauce and allowed the meatballs to simmer in the sauce for about an hour on very low heat, then served it over rice noodles- It was AWESOME

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a dozen times now for potluck parties and every time they are gobbled up! The only change I make is swapping the beef broth for chicken and adding shallots.

  14. 5 stars
    These are delish! I baked the balls at 200c for 20 minutes then added them to the pan for a few minutes. I’ve done them twice now, once over fresh egg fettuccine and once with rice. I’m thinking of making some, vacuum sealing and giving to my eldest children to boil in the bag sometime over Christmas.

  15. Did you know that Swedish Meatballs are not Swedish at all? One Swedish king for some reason lived in Turkey for a while (a few centuries ago) fell in love with their meat balls and brought the recipe back to Sweden. And Swedes have been using that recipe ever since and still do. If you want and authentic Swedish recipe, try new potatoes steamed with a lot of dill and served with pickled herring including the juices. That was a standard lunch dish when I was growing up. I was born and raised in Sweden

  16. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Tonight will be the 3rd time that I make these within a month. Everything is wonderful, and tastes so authentic. I add an extra T of Worcestershire sauce to the gravy, as well as a pinch of the nutmeg. Since there was a lot of gravy, I also threw the egg noodles right into the pan as the gravy and meatballs cooked together. The egg noodles cook rather quickly. Great intense flavor, all in one pan. Thank you.

  17. 5 stars
    I LOVED this recipe!!!!!!! The nutmeg and allspice give the meatballs a great flavor. I did love the sauce too. Thank you for sharing!

  18. 5 stars
    I received rave reviews when making this recipe. I mixed beef and lamb for the meatballs with homemade breadcrumbs. I added a tad bit of honey to the sauce. Sooo good. My husband said they were the best meatballs he’s ever had. Thanks!

  19. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe! I followed the recipe but left out the allspice because I don’t you have any and was too hungry for another trip to the store. I served it with sauteed broccolini and my husband had seconds. Will definitely make again. The sauce is amazing.

  20. I saw you said you can make & freeze these, but can I just make them a day ahead? Will the sauce separate if I do. What do you think

  21. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I am always trying to find new ways to use ground beef so I tried something new. I had never made Swedish Meatballs before and both my kids (ages 5 & 8) cleaned their plates! We had no left overs, and I can’t tell you the last time no left overs and cleaned plates happened at the same meal. I will absolutely make again! I am so glad I stumbled onto this page.

  22. OMG !!!!! Amazing.I made it once as prescribed and the second time I used a cup of Campbell French onion soup. I have to say it went up a notch… Thank you, my go to.

  23. I just made this and as a self-proclaimed chef, I have to say…this is the most silky, delectable gravy I have ever tasted. Wow! I followed the recipe to a T, and there is nothing I would change.

  24. 3 stars
    The sauce was very good, however there was too much butter needed to make the roux. It could be done with less butter. I also used 1/2 sour cream instead of all heavy cream to add an additional flavor note. I t came out very good. I’d leave onions out of meatballs next time too.

  25. This was awesome and so easy. I think the key was to make the sauce in the same pan as the one you cook the meatballs in. The burnt bits left in the pan made the sauce sooooo tasty.

  26. How is the recipe different if i use ground turkey vs beef. Also, hubby is allergic to eggs, how can I substitute to hold them together???? I have used ground flax turned into a slimy egg like substance in baked goods, would this work for meatballs???,

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe was awesome! So creamy and flavorful. I doubled the sauce because we like to have extra over the noodles. My husband and son both loved it. In fact my son wants the recipe for the sauce so he can make it to use on other things. Definitely something I will make again! Thank you for sharing it!

  28. 5 stars
    Had these tonight, and they reminded me of growing up when my mother would make them! Husband approved, they were awesome!!! Loved the sauce! Thankyou!

  29. 5 stars
    sounds good except, isnt the panko supposed to be soaked in milk? Someone swedish told me you also need mace. And that they are also dipped in “bramble berry_ which is blackberry jam/sauce or a mixture of raspberry and blackberry. I’ve also known people to dip them in grape jelly. ….I”d just be happy pouring ranch all over the finished product (egg noodles with butter mixed in and swedish meatball and melted cheese and RANCH. Thank you for the recipe.

  30. We just found out that my middle daughter is allergic to dairy…via me making mac n cheese .Would coconut milk & coconut oil be a good substitute for the cream & butter in the dish?

    1. Kamilla!!

      Oh no!! That could make things challenging. I don’t think we realize how much dairy we use until we have to look to take it out or substitute it! I would think that it should be fine but I have not tried this alternate yet. It may change the taste a little. Please let me know if you try it. I would like to know how it goes!!

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