The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs

Nothing hits the spot like homemade meatballs, and it’s even easier when you can make them in your Instant Pot! 

Homemade sauce is one of my favorite things to make! I love the sweet smell of sauce simmering away! When I want to take my sauce to the next level, I make meatballs from scratch. The rich meat, and Italian spices just add so much flavor!

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - A steaming platter of homemade sauce with Instant Pot meatballs, and spaghetti noodles and salad in the backround
Sunday night dinner = homemade sauce and meatballs! These Instant Pot meatballs are delicious and shave off so much cooking time!

How To Make Instant Pot Meatballs

I used to just buy frozen meatballs (there’s nothing wrong with that!), but I swear by homemade meatballs. It adds so much flavor to my sauce! 

Making meatballs from scratch in the Instant Pot is so easy that it doesn’t add that much time to my cooking. 

Plus, I like knowing exactly what is in my meatballs–no fillers or chemicals when they are homemade! 

This Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe:

  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 8 min plus release
The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - ingredients
This Instant Pot meatball recipe calls for the same basic ingredients that every homemade meatball recipe requires.

Ingredients – Instant Pot Meatballs 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, ground pork or ground turkey – or a blend 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated l
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped – oregano, basil, parsley
  • ½  teaspoon onion powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper 
The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step combine your meat
Combining two forms of meat adds so much flavor to homemade meatballs!

Instructions – Instant Pot Meatballs 

Step 1

In a large bowl, mix together the combination of meat, if using. 

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step combine the rest of the ingredients with the meat
You can use a spoon to combine your meatball mixture, but I swear by using your hands! It seems to mix everything much more thoroughly.
Step 2

Add all other ingredients and gently mix together, but do not overwork.

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step combine the meatball mixture
I like to use a cookie scoop when I make my Instant Pot meatballs. This allows for uniform shape!
Step 3

Form into meatballs.

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step scoop your meatballs
Instant Pot meatballs are perfect for meal prepping! I make a large batch and then freeze them so that I can pull them out to add to sauce. I also use them in Italian wedding soup, and for meatball subs!
Step 4

Add trivet to bottom of Instant Pot.

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step add the meatballs and sauce into the Instant Pot
The smell of homemade sauce and Instant Pot meatballs simmering takes me back to dinner at my Grandma’s house as a child! This is one of my favorite Sunday night dinners.
Step 5

Then add jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce.

Step 6

Place meatballs on top of sauce, close together.

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step cook your sauce and meatballs in your Instant Pot
Be very careful when releasing the steam on your Instant Pot!
Step 7

Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step serve your Instant Pot meatballs while warm, and enjoy!
I love that my Instant Pot allows me to have restaurant-quality dishes in half the time it would take to cook recipes traditionally!
Step 8

Serve immediately with spaghetti noodles.

Step 9

Store leftovers in refrigerator. 

The Best Homemade Instant Pot Meatballs - Step making gluten free Instant Pot meatballs
Replace a few ingredients and you can easily make gluten free Instant Pot meatballs!

How To Make Gluten Free Instant Pot Meatballs 

If you are cooking for someone with a gluten sensitivity or allergy, you can easily whip up gluten free Instant Pot meatballs, with a couple of substitutions. 

Replace the breadcrumbs with gluten free breadcrumbs, and make sure that your Worcestershire sauce is gluten free, or omit it. 

As always, double check the ingredients label on all processed items to be sure that there isn’t any wheat or gluten hidden inside. 

Yield: Serves 4

Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Meatballs are the perfect compliment to any pasta dish and an amazing addition homemade sauce! As an added bonus, this is super easy to make in your Instant Pot!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, ground pork or ground turkey - or a blend
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated l
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped - oregano, basil, parsley
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, mix together the combination of meat, if using.
    2. Add all other ingredients and gently mix together, but do not overwork.
    3. Form into meatballs.
    4. Add trivet to bottom of Instant Pot.
    5. Then add jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce.
    6. Place meatballs on top of sauce, close together.
    7. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.
    8. Serve immediately with spaghetti noodles.
    9. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
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What is your favorite thing to make in your Instant Pot? 

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