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.

The Best Swedish Meatballs Recipe in White Bowl - The Recipe Critic

The Best Swedish Meatballs

4.69 from 183 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.


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. Hi I love Swedish Meatballs and giving it a go. I upped the Allspice,Garlic Powder, Parsley and Nutmeg by 1/2 and glad I did. Also using a 85/15 burger. So far without hesitation started batch 2 and 3 sooo YUM and fragrant.

    Sauce Is awesome! I also added all the meatballs to the sauce and cooked for 40 minutes simering with an extra 2 T of flour and 1 C sour cream (being that I am now working with a triple recipe).

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this amazing idea. I tried your recipe and the food was delicious!
    What got my attention was the brilliant photo of your dish on the Pinterest.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight (first time making meatballs from scratch and first time making Swedish meatballs!) and we loved it! Kinda reminded me of beef stroganoff flavors. The meatballs were seasoned perfectly to me but we did add at least an extra tsp or two of Dijon to amp up the flavor of the sauce (major mustard lovers around here). Thanks for a great tasting and easy recipe!

    1. Same here… first time making meatballs from scratch and first attempt at swedish meatballs. I made ahead the meatballs and sauce tonight for our supper tomorrow night, as I am taking some night classes and won’t have time to make it once I get home from work before I have to leave for class. This way, all I have to do is come home and cook some egg noodles while warming this up and put it all together. We’re opposite about the mustard though. Around here mustard lasts forever because none of us really care much for it. My husband especially dislikes dijon mustard, but I was hoping to slip some by him to add that special oomph the sauce needs. But, he could still taste it, even though I halved the amount. Our son and daughter like regular mustard on cheeseburgers and such, but neither have tried dijon mustard. Hoping they’ll like it once we eat it tomorrow night. I liked the sauce and can’t wait to try it all tomorrow over some yummy egg noodles. I’ll have to come back tomorrow night to rate it once we’ve had a chance to try everything together.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my family and they loved it. I omitted the egg in the meatballs and I substituted the cream with coconut milk as I have an egg and dairy allergy. It was absolutely awesome. Thank you.

  5. Loved the recipe and the sauce is great!! Served mine the true traditional way with mashed potatoes, lingonnberry sauce and pickled cucumbers!! From this Scandinavian girl your sauce was a perfect match to what I grew up with.

    1. But to be “authentic Swedish” meatballs, aren’t they suppose to include coffee grounds,also?! And, yes, she should have included sour cream.

  6. I’ve,add this a few times and it is so delicious I want to eat it every. Single. Day. I make the recipe exactly as described and sometimes serve it with egg noodles, or with Pioneer Woman’s stovetop mashed potatoes. Either way, I could eat the whole thing by myself. Also, this is the first Swedish meatball recipe I ever ate – and it spoiled me. I had a friend bring her version to a party recently and my bite ended up in a napkin and then the trash. And I sighed longingly for this one instead.

    1. I came in search of those because I have noticed that SMB can be bland sometimes and tho I had a recipe saved, upon further reading decided I didn’t want to risk it, this one sounds like it’s really gonna pack some flavor so I’m excited to try it this weekend ?

  7. 5 stars
    Oh. My. GOSH. This is my husband’s new favorite! It was so good, and I’ve tried countless recipes for Swedish meatballs. Thanks for this one!

  8. 5 stars
    We’ve made this several times, and every time it’s a hit. Total comfort food. Bringing it to a friend’s for dinner tonight because it’s a no brainer. Thanks so much for sharing this! Note: I often sub sour cream for the cream, or at least half cream half sour. I’ll omit the sour this time and I’m sure it will still be great.

  9. 5 stars
    Yummy! I made this, but with a couple of changes. I used sour cream instead of heavy cream (I love the taste). I also added some dill to the cream sauce. Otherwise, my mother and I were licking the bowl (ok, almost).

  10. 3 stars
    Oh, a nice recipe. But first let me close down all these ads and popup notices, then scroll past the life story and more ads. Ah, found the recipe! But no, another ad pops up blocking the whole website. Don’t even get me started how bad this is on a mobile device…

  11. Hi I’m trying to lose weight on the keto diet and want to try and get used to preparing healthy foods and keto friendly food as I’ve got a lot of weight to lose.thank you take care bye

  12. 5 stars
    love, Love, LOVE this recipe!! So delicious and WONDERFUL with creamy mashed potatoes. After making this dish several times, I’ve found a few helpful tips…

    – Excess meatball mix can be frozen for later use

    – Instead of fried, meatballs can instead be broiled while gravy is being made (it’s a lot
    cleaner, too ?)

    – Delicious while served warm over parsley-lemon mashed potatoes drowned in

    – Always use LOTS of parsley!! (Lemon is great too)

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Many things are better the second day after the flavors have been allowed to meld, so I made this today for my three-year-old granddaughter’s birthday tomorrow. I did have to try one meatball with a bit of sauce and OMG! This is really really good. I had some misgivings since I don’t really care for nutmeg or allspice and wasn’t sure if the sauce would be too bland without the sour cream. It was fantastic. I made 20 meatballs, weighing 1 ounce each, and baked them at 350°F for 20 minutes. Then simmer them in the sauce for just a couple minutes. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I just tossed out the other meatball and stroganoff recipes I have because these are my two favorites.

  14. 5 stars
    Have never left a comment, but I had to for this super delicious recipe! Swedish meatballs is my fave and this sauce is amazing. I cheated a little and used premodern meatballs but the sauce over egg noodles was to die for!!! Thanks for the recipe will def use again.

  15. 5 stars
    You have made my husband happy!!!
    He loves this and now regularly asks me to make it. I make huge batches of the meatballs and keep them in the freezer so it’s ready to go whenever we want and I can just make the sauce quickly. I have to substitute lactose free cream which hasn’t made too much difference (just a little less rich – boo hoo!). Love this with a simple green salad – thanks for sharing.

  16. 5 stars
    My favorite TV dinner is swedish meatballs so I decided to give it a try! I’m not the best cook, but this turned out amazing!! Great recipe! So long forever frozen TV dinners!

  17. Oh god, not pasta or rice.

    It’s either boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes.

    I visited Ikea during a trip to Australia and realised most ill adviced people choose FRIES to go with meatballs, and skip Lingonberries to boot. Jesus. Just nooooo.

    That’s like eating a pasta Carbonara with rice as a pasta substitution. Horrible. ???

  18. 5 stars
    Awesome! I used low sodium beef broth and threw in a bit of fresh rosemary, paprika and substituted honey mustard for the dijon. Will be making again. So simple and good- thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    By far my favorite swedish meatball recipe. I’ve been using it ever since I found it! Always perfectly seasoned and deliciously tender meatballs, and the sauce, my goodness! You’d have to pay me to stop making this. I’ve tried the original recipe and one where I’ve swapped the Worcestershire sauce for a sauce called “Dave’s sauce” and both are great!

  20. 4 stars
    I was happy to find that I already had all ingredients on hand. This was easy to make and delicious! I prepped the meatballs the night before and this was a quick weeknight dinner.

  21. 5 stars
    Fabulous! Made this on a whim when my son said he felt like eating Swedish meatballs. Licked our plates clean. Thank you!

  22. 5 stars
    I made these last night, everyone RAVED. So good, thank you for sharing. I will be honest I did use premade frozen meatballs from Costco to save time but that sauce is to die for. I have three teens at home so I was worried it wouldn’t be enough to feed five of us. I doubled the recipe and had plenty left over to freeze for another day.

  23. I plan to take this to a potluck dinner. Is it best to put the finished meatballs in a slow cooker on low with the sauce to transport? Keep meatballs and sauce separate? What do you advise?

  24. Thanks so much Alyssa for this delicious recipe. I had frozen Swedish meatballs from IKEA that I just needed a sauce to go with them and we love this recipe. It’s the best I’ve ever had! So savory and creamy! Looking forward to trying some of yours other recipes!

  25. 5 stars
    They are amazing. My family does not like too many new thi gs and they went crazy for these. I am glad I doubled the recipe. This will be a fav that is requested alot. Thank you!

  26. I apologize if this sounds sacrilegious, but…dont judge me…I’m curious if anyone has made this with frozen meatballs. I’m under no illusion that they would he as tasty, but I’m looking for a couple really quick meals, and my family likes a particular brand of frozen meatball, one we’ve used with several different quick preparations: spaghetti, meatball sandwiches, and a few combinations that probably shouldn’t exist in anyone’s repertoire of culinary efforts.

    I love the sound of this sauce and serving them over egg noodles. I wonder if I cheat with the frozen meatballs on the front end if the sauce would still have a rich comfort feel to it.

    Always looking for fast, feel-good favorites to get us all around the table between everyone’s hectic schedules.

  27. Actually, I should have read further through comments. I see others have mentioned using frozen meatballs. I feel less guilty about asking the question. I occasionally see comment threads where someone has suggested a compromise that is received as a shocking assault on the integrity of a revered dish as if it were biblical in its offense.

    Sometimes quick is just the rule of the day and “good enough” is the standard. Enjoyed the comments, and I’m looking forward to making this…perhaps tomorrow.

  28. I made these tonight but substituted ground pork for the ground beef as we prefer pork to beef.They were delicious.Didn’t have any allspice so added extra nutmeg.Still came out great served them with egg noodles but will serve the leftovers with mashed potatoes.The only reason we had leftovers is because there is just the two of us.Thanks for a great recipe!

  29. 5 stars
    This is the first recipient I tried for Swedish meatballs they came out great, I tried another recipient a few months later and came back to this recepie the only thing I’d change is a little more salt.

  30. I love Swedish meatballs but had never made them myself but found your recipe and decided to try. This recipe was sooooooo good and so easy! I did cheat and parbake the meatballs for 20 minutes. I couldn’t believe how quick it came together. We served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. My husband basically licked the plate and had to stop himself from eating the rest so he could have it for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  31. 5 stars
    These are THE best meatballs EVER! We absolutely love them! The only change we made was to add some seasoning when making the meatballs (onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper) and we double the sauce.

  32. 5 stars
    This was SOOO good. I already had italian style progresso breadcrumbs lying around, so I used them instead. It was great. The best swedish meatballs I’ve ever had!

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