Your mama's homemade meatballs are delicious, sure, but sometimes the balls just need to speak for themselves, without the support of a bowl of spaghetti and red sauce. From IKEA's Swedish spheres to sweet-and-sour meatballs that challenge Chinese takeout, these 10 atypical meatball recipes do just that.
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Enjoy your IKEA meatballs without the risk of impulse-buying cheap shelves.
This recipe is way easier to put together, too.
Key ingredients: Ground beef Ground pork Allspice Beef broth Sour cream Courtesy of Baker by Nature
For those that need to be tricked into eating vegetables. You’d never know these things were packed with fiber unless I told you! Oh. Recipe
Key ingredients: Ground turkey Zucchini Marinara sauce Courtesy of Bev Cooks
These monsters are for those that need to be tricked into eating cheese (really?). Get the recipe
Key ingredients: Ground beef Ground pork Mozzarella balls Crushed tomatoes Spaghetti Courtesy of Le Creme de la Crumb
These Asian-inspired meatballs are made in your slow cooker while you do literally anything else. Recipe right
Key ingredients: Ground beef Pineapple chunks Red pepper Apple cider vinegar Soy sauce Courtesy of How Sweet Eats
Like Italian wedding soup but without the commitment. Recipe
Key ingredients: Ground chicken Pasta Romano cheese Tomatoes Spinach Courtesy of Gimme Delicious
All the flavor of Italian meatballs, but without marinara. Garlic breath for days
Key ingredients: Ground beef Progresso creamy roasted garlic recipe starter Drew Swantak/Thrillist
Take all the work (and mess) out of eating hot wings. Get the game-day recipe
Key ingredients: Ground chicken Hot sauce Butter Blue cheese dip Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
These tangy pork meatballs can be eaten inside lettuce wraps with the accompanying mango salad recipe, but they're just as good on their own. Recipe
Key ingredients: Pork sausage Sesame oil Fish sauce Sweet Thai chili sauce Courtesy of The Chic Site
Meatball salad. Why didn't you already think of this?
Why didn't I already think of this?! Recipe here.
Key ingredients: Ground turkey Pasta shells Grape tomatoes Mozzarella cheese Fresh basil Drew Swantak/Thrillist
Forget everything you thought you knew. Recipe
Key ingredients: Ground beef Ground pork Spaghetti Marinara sauce
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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor. Follow her at @perrysant.