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baking dish on marble surface with several porcupine meatballs in sauce

Easy Baked Porcupine Meatballs

These porcupine meatballs use everyday ingredients, come together fast, freeze well, and are great for making ahead!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked porcupine meatballs, oven porcupine meatballs, porcupine meatballs recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324kcal



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste


  • 2 (14 fluid ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) brown sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350F and move the rack to the middle position.
  • Add the meatball ingredients to a large prep bowl and mix together with your hands. Form approximately 20 1.5" meatballs and add them as you go along to a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and stir together. Pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  • Cover the baking dish and bake for 1 hour. Make sure the foil/seal is tight or the rice won't cook properly. If you find the rice isn't cooked after an hour, simply pop it back in the oven until the rice has softened.


  • The sugar helps take the acidic edge off the canned tomato sauce - it's optional but recommended.
  • I don't necessarily recommend using brown rice since it takes longer to cook (up to 2 hours and you may need to add more liquid to the sauce). You could pre-cook the brown rice and then add it into to the meatballs.
  • Meatballs are safe to eat at 160F internal temperature.
  • Feeds 4-6.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1680mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 928IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 6mg