My husband and I have a Big Green Egg ceramic grill and we use it year round. One of the benefits of living in the south where winters are mild! We try to create all sorts of new recipes on the grill and not just stick to burgers or chicken breast. When I was doing a bit of research on how to grill meatballs I was surprised to actually see a special meatball grilling basket to cook them in. In my opinion, this is a bit silly…I am not a big fan of unitaskers in the kitchen. Why buy a special meatball holder if you don’t have to, right? If you want to grill meatballs, don’t get sucked into such a purchase! You can easily grill meatballs without a fancy basket. You can thread them on skewers if the meatballs are fairly small but if you make a decent sized meatball just oil the grate of the grill and put them directly on top. For a 3 inch meatball you want to cook them for about 4 to 5 minutes and then gently roll them over to the opposite side and grill another 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked through. Make sure you use a grill that is heated to approximately 350 degrees, oil the grates with olive oil, and the addition of some wood chips gives them a nice smokey flavor. Here is a recipe for a Cheeseburger Meatball that was incredibly tasty on the grill. I served these with a lasagna on Christmas Eve but used the leftovers for a delicious meatball sandwich topped with lettuce, cheese, and a gourmet ketchup. YUM!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 4 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 TBSP Steak Sauce
- ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended
- Shape into 3 inch meatballs and place on a cookie sheet
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees, adding wood chips soaked in water if desired and making sure to oil the grill grate
- Place meatballs directly on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes
- Gently roll meatballs over to the other side and cook 4 to 5 minutes more or until cooked through and no pink remains.
- Use meatballs as a sidedish for lasagna, in a sandwich, or just eaten straight!