This is a list of notable meatball dishes. A meatball is ground or minced meat rolled into a small ball, sometimes along with other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, minced onion, eggs, butter, and seasoning. Meatballs are cooked by frying, baking, steaming, or braising in sauce. There are many types of meatballs using different types of meats and spices, and most cuisines have a version of the dish. Sometimes the beef stock in the gravy is replaced with 100% chicken gravy.
Köfte is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices and/or onions. In Turkey, meatballs are named after the places where they are respectively produced.
Albondigas are small meatballs prepared in the cuisines of Mexico, Spain and South America. Pictured is albondigas in Spain.
Bulgarian meatball soup
Precooked beef balls
Fish balls at a restaurant in Italy
Danish frikadelle accompanied with bread and tzatziki
A leberknödel soup
Mutton meatballs in India