Costco Meatballs Cooking Instructions (Copycat Recipe)

Costco Meatballs Cooking Instructions (Quick Recipe)

Today I will show you how to prepare and cook an easy Costco Kirkland Meatballs copycat recipe!

A yummy feeling comes when there are meatballs on the plate. Costco meatballs, specifically. I could seriously eat them every day and never get sick of them.

But, since that’s not the healthiest option, I decided to look up the cooking instructions online to make them myself at home. And let me tell you, it’s SUPER easy!

So if you love Costco meatballs as much as I do, follow these simple steps, and you’ll be enjoying them in your kitchen in no time and with great taste.

Should I use The Kirkland Costco meatballs?

Kirkland Costco meatballs

If you have the opportunity to use The Kirkland brand, then, by all means, do it! They are so good. But if not, don’t worry, any meatball will work for this recipe.

Do I need to defrost the meatballs before cooking them?

No, you don’t need to defrost them. Pop them straight from the freezer into the oven or slow cooker, slow cooking will evenly spread the heat, and the meatballs will be soft.

How long does it take to cook Costco meatballs?

It takes about 20 minutes to cook Costco meatballs in the oven. You can also cook them in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. They will become warm and soft and fully cooked with all spices intact.

Costco Meatballs Cooking Instructions (Quick Recipe)

Costco Meatballs Cooking Instructions

Do you love the Costco Kirkland meatballs? Learn how to make a similar copycat recipe at home, in just 35 minutes. Let's try?
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 1/2 1 x of Ground beef (80/20)
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Prepared marinara sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C ).
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, egg, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with marinara sauce.
  • Enjoy!
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How do I know when the meatballs are done?

The meatballs are done when cooked through and no longer pink in the center. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

Should I use the oven, the microwave, or the stove?

The oven, the microwave, and the stove all work great for cooking meatballs. The important thing is to make sure the meatballs are cooked through, and the center should change the color from pink.

Can I add or replace some ingredients?

Of course, you can add or replace some ingredients. For example, if you don’t have bread crumbs, you can use oatmeal. Just make sure to add enough so the mixture will still bind together.

As for the Parmesan cheese, you could use cheddar cheese or even mozzarella cheese. If you want to add some veggies, chopped onion or green bell pepper would be great. Just mix everything and follow the cooking instructions above.

Tips and tricks for a better recipe

Ready-to-eat meatballs

First of all, if you want your Costco meatballs to be extra juicy, add an extra egg to the mix.

  • For a flavor boost, try adding chopped onion or garlic to the meatball mix.
  • If you’re looking for a crunch in your meatballs, add some chopped nuts or breadcrumbs to the mixture.
  • To make sure your meatballs are evenly cooked, use a meat thermometer to check their internal temperature. They should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you want to make your meatballs ahead of time, freeze them before cooking. When you’re ready to cook them, defrost them in the refrigerator overnight and cook as usual.
  • Pop them in the microwave for a minute or two for a quick and easy way to reheat meatballs.
  • To give your meatballs a flavor boost, try marinating them in your favorite sauce for an hour or so before cooking.
  • If you’re looking for a slightly healthier version of Costco meatballs, try baking them instead of frying them.
  • If you want to make your meatballs extra flavorful, try browning them in a pan before cooking.
  • Try adding some grated cheese or chopped herbs to the mixture for a fun twist on traditional meatballs.
  • If you find that your meatballs are sticking to the pan, try spraying it with a bit of non-stick cooking spray before cooking.
  • To prevent your meatballs from falling apart, handle them gently when cooking.
  • If you want your meatballs to have a bit of a crust, try pan-frying them instead of baking them.
  • If you want to make mini meatballs, use a small cookie scoop to portion the mixture.

And finally, for an extra-special touch, try serving your Costco meatballs with a homemade dipping sauce.

10 Tips for making this recipe a bit spicier:

  1. Use a hot sauce in the meatball mixture.
  2. Add some cayenne pepper to the breadcrumbs.
  3. Use a hot pepper in the sauce.
  4. Add some red pepper flakes to the meatballs.
  5. Use a spicy tomato sauce in the meatballs.
  6. Add some jalapeno peppers to the meatballs.
  7. Use a habanero pepper in the sauce.
  8. Add some chipotle peppers to the meatballs.
  9. Use a hot salsa in the meatballs.
  10. Add some crushed red pepper to the meatballs.

Drinks to serve with Costco meatballs

Mimosa to drink with the meatballs
  • Spicy Bloody Mary:

A classic bloody Mary made with vodka, tomato juice, and spices is the perfect way to enjoy Costco meatballs. Add some heat to your meal with this fiery cocktail.

  • Mimosa:

A bubbly mimosa is a perfect drink to enjoy with any meal, and Costco meatballs are no exception. The sweetness of the orange juice pairs perfectly with the savory meatballs.

  • Screwdriver:

Simple and refreshing, a screwdriver made with vodka and orange juice is the perfect refresher to enjoy with Costco meatballs.

  • Margarita:

Enjoy Costco meatballs with a classic margarita. The tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec are the perfect way to enjoy your meal.

  • Tequila Sunrise:

A tequila sunrise made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine is the perfect way to enjoy Costco meatballs. The sweetness of the orange juice pairs perfectly with the savory meatballs.

Side dishes to serve with this recipe

Side dish: roasted vegetables
  • Roasted vegetables: Carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes: Try our garlic mashed potatoes or cauliflower mashed potatoes.
  • Stuffing: Our easy stuffing recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving.
  • Cranberry sauce: This homemade cranberry sauce is so much better than canned!
  • Green beans: These freshly-steamed green beans are simple and delicious.
  • Dinner rolls: You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without dinner rolls!
  • Macaroni and cheese: This creamy mac and cheese is always a hit with the kids.
  • Cornbread: This easy cornbread recipe is perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.
  • Salad: A simple green salad is a refreshing side dish.
  • Pumpkin pie: No Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie!
  • Apple pie: This classic apple pie is the perfect finish to your meal.

Final Words

These are just a few tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Costco meatballs. With a little bit of creativity, you can customize this recipe to suit your taste. You can experiment until you find the perfect combination of ingredients that you and your family will love.

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