Hall of Fame French Onion Meatballs Recipe: A Fantastic Ground Beef Dinner Recipe by Donna John

Beef Dinner
6 months ago

Hall of Fame French Onion Meatballs Recipe: A Fantastic Ground Beef Dinner Recipe

If you love French onion soup, you're going to be a fan of this easy French onion meatballs recipe. This ground beef recipe is easy to make and packed with so much flavor! 

The moist meatballs are made by combining ground beef, shredded Gruyere cheese, panko breadcrumbs, an egg and Italian flat-leaf parsley. The meatballs are baked in a casserole dish until just cooked through. While the meatballs bake, make the sauce by cooking onions and garlic until soft. Beef broth and fresh thyme are added and the mixture simmers until thickened. Put the meatballs back into the sauce, top with more shredded cheese and dinner is done. 

Serve this easy ground beef French onion meatball recipe with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable. Be sure to make extra to freeze for later.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (I used a Swiss and Gruyere combination)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

Here's how to make it:

  1. To make the meatballs, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Form the mixture into 12 to 15 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet that's been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. To make the sauce, melt the olive oil and butter in a skillet. Add the onions and cook on low heat until soft and golden, about 30 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Pour in the broth. Add the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook until it thickens, about 10 minutes.
  6. Put the meatballs into the sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  8. Cook until the cheese melts. (You could also put the meatballs and sauce into a baking dish, top with the cheese and broil until the cheese melts.)
  9. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

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Baking Dishes $9 & Up
Baking Sheets $7 & Up
Skillets $10 & Up
Mixing Bowls $8 & Up
Panko $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Beef Broth $2 & Up
Dried Thyme $3 & Up

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What an amazing recipe!
I agree this looks absolutely delicious 😋
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, how delicious. I love French onion soup, so this will be amazing!
I hope I can make this make it just as good and if I change anything I'll let you all know thanks it looks fabulous
Shirley Smith
First time trying this and it looks good to make.
Paul Millhouse
Looks great. What kind of onions do you recommend? Thanks
Donna John
I usually cook with white onions, but yellow would be fine, too.

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