Meatball “Cupcakes”

I suppose the title may not sound very appetizing but “the boys” ate three each of them lol!

I bought 2 big packages of lean ground beef when I got groceries last week because it was a really good sale and I thought it would be a great opportunity to add to my list of “Freezer Meals.” I not only made the meatballs for this recipe, but I also made another 3 dozen meatballs to freeze for another night’s dinner.

This recipe makes 12 “Cupcakes,” enough for 2 dinners in this household so I got at least 4 meals out of the “Club Pack” of ground beef! Can’t beat that for under $10!


Here are the ingredients I used to make the “Cupcakes.” As you can see I did cheat and use refrigerated pizza dough, which made these even quicker to make!

In a large bowl, I mixed together the ground beef, Italian seasoning, parmesan, eggs, garlic powder, milk and panko, mixing it by fork and by hand until well combined.

Once mixed, I divided the mixture into 12 portions and rolled each portion into a meatball… placing it in a parchment paper lined baking pan once rolled.

I cooked the meatballs in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 – 40 minutes until cooked through.

Note: This step you could do ahead of time and then just proceed to the rest of the recipe, making prep time even faster!

I rolled out the pizza dough and cut it into 12 even squares.

I pressed one square into each of the greased muffin tin cups.

I spooned about 1 tbsp. of pasta sauce into each “cup.”

Placed a cooked meatball into each cup…..

Added another tbsp. of the sauce on top of the meatballs.

And sprinkled it with the grated cheese, evenly divided between the 12 muffin cups.

I baked it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the edges of the pizza dough was nice and brown….. and I had a pan of some really easy to make “Meatball Cupcakes!”

I just served them up with some pasta and I have enough made for a second night’s dinner!

Meatball “Cupcakes”


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 can (16 tbsp.) pasta sauce, any flavour
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper and spray cups of muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine ground beef, panko, eggs, milk, grated parmesan, garlic powder and Italian seasoning, mixing by fork and by hand until well combined.
  3. Divide mixture into 12 portions and roll each portion into a meatball.
  4. Place meatballs in parchment paper lined baking pan.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 – 40 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. Unroll pizza dough into 12 squares and press each square into a muffin tin cup.
  7. Spoon 1 tbsp. of pasta sauce into each cup.
  8. Place one meatball into each cup, on top of the sauce.
  9. Spoon another tbsp. of sauce over top of the meatballs.
  10. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly between the 12 cups.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, until pizza dough is nicely browned on the edges.
  12. Remove from muffin tin and serve.

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