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Classic Porcupine Meatballs (Beef & Rice Meatballs)

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 meatballs 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Classic Porcupine Meatballs - beef & rice meatballs - are baked in a savory tomato sauce until they are fork tender and flavorful! This comfort food dish is one of our family favorites!



For the Porcupine Meatballs

  • 1 - 1 1/3 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup instant rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper or to taste

For the Sauce

  • One 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, rice, water and seasonings.
  4. Form mixture into 12 meatballs and place in the baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire sauce and pour over the meatballs.
  6. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake meatballs for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake up to an additional 15 minutes until meatballs are tender and cooked through.
  8. Serve over additional rice, mashed potatoes or in a toasted bun.


You can double the recipe and bake in a 9x13 baking dish as well.

Keywords: porcupine meatballs, beef and rice meatballs