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The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs

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Instant Pot Meatballs are one of my favorite weeknight meals to whip up. Homemade meatballs in a tomato-based sauce served over a bed of pasta. Or whip up these meatballs in the instant pot as an appetizer.

ground beef meatballsInstant Pot Meatballs

Ground beef meatballs are some of my family’s favorites. At times I will do a mix of ground beef and sausage for my Instant Pot Stuffed Meatballs.

Ways To Serve These Pressure Cooker Meatballs

  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Plain

Serve with pasta, cauliflower rice, or load your meatballs on a hoagie bun with sauce and bake meatballs and sandwich in oven for a tasty sandwich. This easy meatball recipe is versatile so you can serve however you would like.

Try my Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs for another great recipe.

instant pot meatball recipeWill I Get Burn Notice On Pressure Cooker Meatballs

The key is to make sure that you have a thin sauce. If your sauce is too thick it will trigger a burn notice. If after you put all the ingredients in and you feel it is still too thick, add a bit more water.

The other thing is after you sear your meatballs you HAVE to deglaze your pot. Make sure to scrape away any meat that is on the bottom of the pot. You could also purchase the non-stick Instant Pot Pot Liner to help prevent any sticking.

ingredients for meatballsCan I Use Gluten Free Bread Crumbs In This Meatball Recipe

Yes, you are welcome to use gluten-free bread crumbs if you want a gluten-free meatball recipe. Just watch each ingredient you use to ensure you have the recipe that fits your dietary needs.

Do You Quick Release Meatballs in Instant Pot

You will do a natural release once you are done with the pressure cook. That means you allow it to naturally release the pressure, and wait for the pin to drop. Don’t do a quick release like you do for other recipes.

juicy meatball recipeCan I Make A Double Batch

As long as you have room in your pressure cooker you can double this recipe. Make sure to watch your max line and don’t go over that. I have made a double batch a few times in my 8 quart Instant Pot and it worked just fine.

More Beef Instant Pot Recipes

  • Instant Pot Italian Beef | An easy and savory roast recipe that is full of flavor. You will love this recipe it is so easy and gives you a tender and juicy roast every single time.
  • 30 Minute Beef and Broccoli | Skip takeout and make this beef and broccoli at home and enjoy this recipe. A super-fast recipe that is full of flavor.
  • Cheesy Enchilada Pasta Recipe | This is a pasta recipe that gives you enchilada flavor in every single bite. Made with ground beef and loaded with cheesy flavor.
  • Zero Point Taco Soup | Here is a taco soup that is great for anyone doing Weight Watchers. You can use ground beef if you want or even turkey or chicken.
  • Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork | Instant Pot recipe that is loaded with flavor and crazy simple to whip up. The perfect pulled pork recipe.

pressure cooker beef meatballsTips For Making Homemade Meatballs

  • Make sure you don’t overmix the meatballs. When you do that, they will become tough and the juicy texture goes away and they feel dense and heavy.
  • Use a cookie scoop so that you get even meatballs. If they are all different sizes you will find the consistency of the meatballs will be so different. Some could be overcooked while others are undercooked.
  • You can use part beef and part Italian sausage. The reason being is it can give you a juicier meatball. But I have found when I cook in the Instant Pot it does a fantastic job at keeping them moist.
  • Make sure to brown the meatballs on all sides. This will lock in moisture, create flavor and a great texture of the meatballs.

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The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs

Yield: 24 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Instant Pot Meatballs are juicy and super flavorful homemade meatballs. Served with a tomato sauce and over a bed of pasta.



  • 2 lb beef (or 1 lb beef and 1 lb sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, or to personal preference
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

  • 4 cups tomato sauce of choice
  • 12 oz Italian-style tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. You will want to do your meat, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a bowl and begin mixing. Once it is mixed add in breadcrumbs, egg and mix until incorporated.
  2. Then with a cookie scoop measure out your meatballs. 1.5 tablespoon-sized meatballs is what I did but feel free to do whatever size you want.
  3. Turn saute on Instant Pot and pour in your oil. Then once it gets hot add in your meatballs and brown them on all sides.
  4. To fully cook meatballs it takes 6-8 minutes or if you plan to do sauce like I did you can cook for 5 minutes, and then add in the sauce and finish cooking in the mixture.
  5. Turn off the saute and make sure to scrape the bottom of your pot so you don't get burn notice. Add in your tomato sauce ingredients, stir well and then seal and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Natural release your meatballs and serve over a bed of pasta, on a hoagie bun or however you would like.


Depending on the size of meatballs you make will depend how many you end up with.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 46g
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Arpita Patel

Friday 10th of January 2020

I am confused. 1 inch meat balls. (Pretty small) 2 lbs of meat. One rimmed sheet showing 12 meat balls. 12 servings mentioned at beginning of recipe but not in nutrition info. Something doesn’t seem to add up. Do you actually only get 12 1 inch meat balls with 2 lbs of meat?


Friday 10th of January 2020

I did 1.5 tablespoon to make each meatball. In the recipe I state depending on what size you make will vary in how many meatballs you make.

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