Easy Instant Pot Beef Meatballs

Making Meatballs in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is so easy you will never make them any other way! the Meatballs cook in 8 minutes!

Easy Instant Pot Beef Meatballs

Sometimes when I am in a hurry I cook some frozen meatballs to go with my pasta. I figured why not make my own meatballs in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker?

The process of making the meatballs themselves is just like any other homemade meatball recipe. It’s the cooking method that differs here.

Instead of frying or baking the meatballs, we will use our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to cook them.

instant pot beef meatballs

The one major difference here is that since the Pressure Cooker needs some sort of liquid to work, this meatball recipe requires you to cook the meatballs in your favorite pasta sauce.

If you are going to be using these meatballs for something other than pasta, you may want to rethink this. I have a short video on my YouTube Channel on how to make Baked Italian Meatballs. For the full recipe see Easy Baked Italian Meatballs.

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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.

The ingredients used for these meatballs are pretty basic. As I mentioned before this is more about how to cook meatballs in the instant pot pressure cooker than it is about the flavor of the meatballs themselves.

instant pot beef meatballs

That being said, feel free to modify the seasoning, etc. for the meatballs as the cooking time should not really change unless you significantly alter the meatballs themselves.

inside of beef meatball

You will need the following ingredients to make this Meatball recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities):

  • Ground Beef – I like to use 80/20 when making meatballs
  • Egg
  • Seasoned Bread Crumbs – you can also use regular bread crumbs
  • Garlic Clove
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Marinara Sauce – your favorite brand and flavor
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper and chili powder. Mix gently.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into roughly 1-inch meatballs. This should yield about 24 meatballs.
    beef meatballs
  3. Pour the marinara sauce into the instant pot. Add the meatballs to the sauce, turn to coat and submerge the meatballs in the sauce.
    beef meatballs in pressure cooker
  4. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
  5. When cooking is complete, press cancel and do a quick pressure release.
    cooked meatballs in pasta sauce
  6. Serve the meatballs and sauce over your favorite pasta or on a bun for a delicious meatball sandwich!

Printable Recipe Card

instant pot beef meatballs

Easy Instant Pot Beef Meatballs

Making Meatballs in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is so easy you will never make them any other way! the Meatballs cook in 8 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 63 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Tsp Chili Powder
  • 3 Cups Marinara Sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper and chili powder. Mix gently.
  • Shape the meat mixture into roughly 1-inch meatballs. This should yield about 30 meatballs.
  • Pour the marinara sauce into the instant pot. Add the meatballs to sauce, turn to coat and submerge meatballs in sauce.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker and cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, press cancel and do a quick pressure release.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce over your favorite pasta or on a bun for a delicious meatball sandwich!

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Marisa says:

    These Instant Pot Beef Meatballs is a great recipe for my instant pot. They are an excellent and fast way to cook the meatballs. They turned out very tasty and were so enjoyable with pasta. A keeper for sure.

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