Baked Meatballs hit ya right in the nostalgia zone, whether you actually had an Italian parent or grandparent or just wish you did. About as simple and pure a meatball recipe as you'll find, ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, spices, and sauce all come together in one delightful, round shape.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a large baking sheet or a casserole dish.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, panko, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes (if using). Stir with a large spoon or spatula, then use clean hands to mix the ground beef until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop (or a 1/4 cup measuring cup) to portion out the beef mixture. Roll each into a tight ball and place on prepared baking pan 2 inches apart.
Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
Serve over mashed potatoes or pasta with your favorite marinara sauce or my easy beef broth brown gravy (see note).
*This is a pretty large recipe - the meatballs are larger than most and 3-4 can be very filling when paired with a side like potatoes or pasta. I love to freeze half for later - you can do this before or after they are baked - and it makes a wonderful second meal. Alternately you can very easily half this recipe for a smaller batch for 1 pound of ground beef. *The gravy in these photos is my EASY BEEF BROTH BROWN GRAVY and is incredibly simple but has fantastic flavor. For these meatballs I added 1/2 cup sour cream to that gravy recipe, just stir it in before you bring it to a boil so that the sour cream doesn't curdle, then continue to follow the recipe as written.