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5 from 3 votes

Zucchini Beef Meatballs

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 meatballs
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs or panko regular or gluten free
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (about ½ packed well)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 jars marinara, 24 oz. (for stove top)


  • Shred zucchini with a grater.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Roll into approximately 1 ½ to 2 inch balls.

Stove Top:

  • Pour one jar of marinara sauce in a large pot. Add the meatballs on top and then pour the second jar of marinara. Simmer on low for about 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs reach an internal temperature 165°F.

To bake:

  • Place on a parchment lined baking pan. Place in oven and bake for about 17-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes, wipe any excess grease and serve.
  • Store extras in freezer or refrigerator.


  • These meatballs with zucchini are freezer friendly. After cooking you can place them in an airtight, freezer safe container. Freeze for up to about 3 months. You can freeze the marinara right along with the meatballs if you cooked them stove top. To re-heat, thaw and cook stove top until heated through.
  • If re-heating leftovers, I suggest cutting each meatball into quarters for more even heating.
  • You could use ground turkey or chicken for these as well. I have made them with turkey quite a few times when ground turkey was on sale big time.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg