Little Granny's Meat Balls

Elaine Douglas


My mother made very good meat patties (She called them meatballs). They were like flattened meat balls. My children and my grandchildren loved them. Mother would not give me her recipe. Try as I might I couldn't duplicate her meat patties. After she died I found this recipe on a scrap of paper in her favourite cookbook. I think that her secret was the ground sage. When she got older she started to substitute ground chicken and turkey.I am including this recipe for my grandchildren as a remembrance of their "little granny".


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lots of meatballs or 2 big meat loaves
30 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry


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  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork or 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    ground sage
  • 1 tsp
    ground pepper
  • 1
  • 1/2 c
    bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped onion

How to Make Little Granny's Meat Balls


  1. Mix all ingredients (your hands work best for this) and shape into meat patties or place in a couple of loaf pans.
  2. Brown the meat patties (Granny called them meat balls) in an oiled pan so that they are well-caramelized on both sides. Check to be sure they are cooked through before removing from the pan. 160 degrees F.
  3. Bake loaves in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or more until done.

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About Little Granny's Meat Balls

Course/Dish: Burgers, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Canadian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom

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