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

4.7 from 204 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.

Recipe Video

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.


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
    I made these the other night for dinner and, Wow! I served them with mashed potatoes and my picky hubby even loved them! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the Worcestershire (I only used a teaspoon). I sent a friend the link, she made them for her family family and it was a hit with them too! So easy to make and it will definitely go into the dinner menu rotation! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. If you need to double this recipe to serve a larger crowd, do you just double everything? Also, why no pork in your meatballs? I usually go with a 3/4 beef 1/4 pork for tenderness alone with any meatball I make…

    1. I doubled this recipe and used half pork and half beef and it was wonderful. Also used bread soaked in egg and milk instead of panko. Delightfully moist meatballs.

        1. You will need 1 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs. To use milk instead of heavy cream: melt 1/4 cup unsalted butter then allow it to cool to room temperature and mix in to 3/4 cup milk.

    2. 5 stars
      After I made these, I couldn’t wait to make them again. Perfect. I didn’t change a thing to this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    i doubled the recipe so i could freeze some. i didn’t not double the sauce and it still makes a huge amount. i stick with the ingredients and the flavor is great. this recipe is perfect.

  4. Hi! I have made this before and it is delicious. I was thinking of making for a crowd and keeping the cream sauce and meatballs in a crockpot. Do you think this will work?

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Made it tonight and followed the directions exactly, everyone wanted seconds. The only issue I had…there were no leftovers!

  6. 5 stars
    Whole family loved this meal! Came together quickly and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today. I did do a few things differently. Instead of a cup of heavy cream I did 1/2 cup cream and 1/2 cup sour cream which worked perfectly. I also used ground beef and ground pork which gave the meatballs great flavor. Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!

  7. This recipe is similar to how my Mother used to make them. Only difference is she used cream of mushroom soup to make the gravy.

  8. 5 stars
    This is the only recipe I use for Swedish meatballs. My family loves it so much! My now four year old daughter requests it for every special meal. The only thing I do different is I replace the onions with Lipton onion soup mix. So good!!

    1. I tried unsweetened soy milk (I use to be able to find unsweetened soy cream) …. sauce didn’t thicken unfortunately. Since no one else seemed to have this issue, I blame the Soy substitute…. if you find something that works, let me know! Hubby loves the stuff, but also is lactose intolerant.

      1. Try the store brand of Lactose free milk. My son is lactose intolerant, and he buys Walmart’s brand, and it is 2.87 for half gallon. It’s worth the price if someone is lactose intolerant. He gets the fat free 0% lactose free. It comes in 1 %, 2%, and whole milk also

      2. I’ve never made the meatballs but that sauce I have to make in triple batches because it is so well loved by my family. This is the go to request when extended family is over and it’s so easy. I make the sauce in the morning, throw it over frozen meatballs in the Crock-Pot and have the rest of the day to hang out. Freezes great too!

  9. 5 stars
    I made the recipe with all beef last week. And, this week I used half beef and half pork. Equally delicious! Thank you for putting the recipe out there for Swedish backgrounds to see!

  10. I would love to try the Swedish meatballs but I am gluten-free and dairy free. So my question is can I substitute something for the flour/thickener Like corn starch. And something for the cream as well?

  11. 5 stars
    Very tasty and easy!
    I only used 1 cup broth and 1 C 1% organic milk and it was still creamy and had plenty of sauce for the 18 I made.

  12. I am not a “follow the recipe” kind of gal. I see a recipe and roll on with the idea. I did not measure anything and added peas (I was too tired to make a veggie side dish). This was a FANTASTIC dish! I am glad I followed a (THIS) recipe. Thank you!

    1. Saw this recipe after researching many others, including a tutorial on Utube from The Fenchguy at an authentic rustic Sweden restaurant in Stockholm. This is just the right recipe I’ve been looking for! I am going to make it tonight over egg noodles. I am very certain this will taste superb! Also love the versatility that has been mentioned in the comments above!
      Thank you!

  13. Legit delicious. A little too much gravy for the amount of meat by this recipe – but that’s ok. I’d just cut it 25% next time. Add a little “Tsardust” to the gravy as a finisher (a Penzey’s spice with cinnamon, garlic, pepper and marjoram) … and we have a winner! Great recipe.

  14. Didn’t expect much from the taste test once done making. Left it covered on the stove while I cleaned up, etc.. Served it over rice and steamed broccoli maybe 20 minutes later and, wow, what flavor! Lots of sauce left over so will try it over fried eggs and hash browns for breakfast…already can’t wait!

  15. This recipe is delicious! Lots of sauce. Meatballs are well seasoned. Followed the recipe and it was perfect! A keeper! 💜

  16. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I’ve followed some before where there was a little to much Dijon Mustard, but not this one it was perfect!

  17. 2 stars
    Not sure what happened to this but we really disliked the sauce. Meatballs were fabulous and I would definitely make those again but the sauce was terribly bland. We added extra salt, pepper, Worcestershire, hot sauce, smoked paprika, and HP sauce. Nothing really helped and I am a seasoned cook who followed the recipe exactly. What saved it for us was adding cranberry sauce on the side. It added a brightness that just seemed to be lacking. I’ll have to research other sauce alternatives before making this again.

  18. Yum! These were so good! I will definitely be saving this recipe for the next time I make them. Thanks for sharing!

  19. 5 stars
    So good, even my Swedish grandma would approve, just don’t tell her I used ground turkey. Since I was using turkey, also used extra panko to get them to hold together. Didn’t have heavy cream, but less milk, plus a bit of cream cheese worked great. Kiddo claimed they were better than grandma’s and Ikea.

  20. For those who are lactose intolerant, you can get lactose free half and half. While not as rich as cream, it does better than milk.

  21. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and the meatballs and sauce were amazing…. I served it over rice and was truly disappointed because it took away from the flavour of the sauce and made it seem bland to me. Cant wait to try it again with mashed potatoes lol

  22. 5 stars
    This was one of my favorite dishes my mother would make when I was a kid. I don’t know what recipe she used but this one brought back fond memories! Thank you! My family loved it and I am now a culinary god! It will definitely be added to our book of recipes.
    I’ll have to admit that I was in a hurry and used store bought frozen meatballs. I was a bit worried it might not turn out good but the sauce was unbelievable so it didn’t matter. Next time I’ll follow the recipe completely and see if it turns out even better.

  23. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy to make. I like where you can change the serving size, it’s hard cooking for just one person. This is something I will make again and it is going into the family cookbook.

  24. I made this tonight with a couple of tweaks. I used pre-made meatballs & I used half & half instead of heavy cream (saves 500 calories). It was really good!

    1. 5 stars
      Great recipe! My brother and I made this yesterday and didnt have allspice, Panko breadcrumbs or cream so left out the allspice, used regular breadcrumbs and milk. Still amazing! Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe!

  25. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous! I had some ground pork to use up so I did a beef and pork mixture. I’m also Gluten Free so I subbed almond flour for panko in the meatballs and GF flour for the gravy. Highly recommend!!

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