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Wild Rice Meatballs

User Rating 5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Wild Rice Meatballs is a fun and delicious recipe that uses wild rice as filler instead of bread or cracker crumbs. The meatballs are so tender and easy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 meatballs


  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound ground beef


Combine wild rice with 1/2 cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer on low heat for 30-35 minutes until rice is almost tender. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat; add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

In large bowl combine onion mixture, wild rice, seasoned salt, pepper, milk, and egg and combine. Add ground beef, broken into chunks, and mush with your hands to combine.

Form into meatballs about 1" in diameter and place on a broiler pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center. Cool and freeze, or when baked, use in your favorite recipe.

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 5 out of 5
Great for when the cupboard is bare...YUM!, Guest Pam

I came home from work at the end of the week to find I had basically nothing for dinner. This recipe was my answer and it's a winner. As long as you have some ground beef in the freezer (which you can very quickly thaw in the microwave), you are good to go. These little guys taste great but the best part was the texture...kind of crispy. We baked them for 35 minutes. We served them with a sauce I made from a large can of crushed tomatoes and minced onion, garlic, bell pepper and Italian seasonings. No need to change a thing in this recipe; it just works.

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