Creamy Lemon Pepper Meatballs Recipe Is Recipe of the Week by Donna John

Creamy Lemon Pepper Meatballs Recipe Is Recipe of the Week

Meatballs are always a dinner winner at my house, and I love to try new seasoning blends. Lemon pepper is taking center stage right now. After making my lemon pepper potatoes, I was on a mission to find new ways to use this lemony seasoning. It was a no-brainer when I discovered a recipe for lemon pepper meatballs. With a few tweaks to the recipe, my husband and I sat down to a dinner we both enjoyed – and will enjoy often. These moist meatballs are coated in a creamy, but light, sauce and hits on all notes.

These flavorful meatballs can be made with ground beef, ground chicken or ground turkey. Because I am overloaded with ground beef/venison, I took the beefy route, but next time will try them with ground chicken for an even lighter dish. To make these saucy meatballs you will need ground meat of choice, onion, garlic, fresh parsley (see Recipe Notes), panko, milk, an egg, salt, butter, flour, chicken broth and lemon pepper seasoning. The meatballs bake up in the oven while you stir together the quick and easy lemon pepper sauce. Combine the two and bake a bit more to thicken up the sauce even more and add color to the meatballs. The result is a delicious harmony of flavors!

Serve the meatballs and sauce over egg noodles, pasta, orzo, rice, mashed potatoes, quinoa or any grain you like. I served mine over rotini with a side of broccoli.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, fresh chives or green onion tops (I used green onion tops)
  • 1/2 cup panko 
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (I used evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken, ground beef or ground turkey (I used ground beef)

Lemon Pepper Sauce

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Recipe Notes

  • I used Kinder's Lemon Pepper Seasoning, but use your favorite. Do be aware if it has salt or not, so you can adjust the amount of additional salt, if needed.
  • Instead of whole milk I used evaporated milk.
  • I didn't have fresh parsley, so chopped up some green onion tops. You could also use fresh chives, or try a combination of all of them.
  • Do not overmix the meatball mixture. Overmixing can make meatballs tough.
  • I sprinkled my meatballs with a little parsley flakes for color.
  • If you want to use one less pan, bake the meatballs in the casserole dish. You may need to drain the pan of any fat depending on what kind of meat you use before adding the sauce.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix until just combined.
  3. Form the mixture into meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 15 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs bake, melt the butter in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the flour and stir until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the milk and chicken broth. Add the lemon pepper seasoning. Stir until smooth (no lumps) and cook until it begins to thicken, about 4 minutes.
  6. Remove the meatballs from the oven.
  7. Using tongs, transfer the meatballs to a baking dish.
  8. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Sprinkle with a little more lemon pepper seasoning and parsley flakes, if desired.
  9. Return the meatballs to the oven for about 10 minutes.
  10. Serve the meatballs over egg noodles, pasta, rice or your favorite grain.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 658

Total Fat: 30.8g

Saturated Fat: 10.2g

Cholesterol: 330mg

Sodium: 507mg

Total Carbohydrate: 34.8g

Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Total Sugars: 2.2g

Protein: 59.8g

Vitamin D: 9mcg

Calcium: 76mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 1677mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , I can see why this recipe will be on repeat at your house. I can't wait to try this! #yum

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