Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes


Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed PotatoesHow many of you love to go to IKEA?

I could count quite a number of hands!!

Whenever I visit IKEA, I can’t help feeling that I see more people in the restaurant than the furniture department. Seriously guys, how many of you, in reality go to IKEA not to buy furniture but to eat the meatballs?

I have to admit that the Meatballs at IKEA are good enough and the gravy is good too, but these meatballs below are WAY better than those from IKEA.↓

Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

I may sound biased here, but truthfully these Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes were yummy and the gravy was SO delish! Well, at times you just can’t beat homemade stuff right?

Talking about home-made, I have been on a roll recently. Cooking almost every single day and the house smells delightful and I’ve probably pushed some of my neighbors nuts already. I have been posting a lot of food pictures on Facebook too. I question how many people would have already blocked me by now. ????

These meatballs used really basic ingredients, thus making it really simple to make. The sauce is also really easy. I served them with mashed potatoes. Well, meatballs and mash are just like best friends since birth. You need that mash to soak up all that gravy and nothing is more satisfying than a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes with delicious gravy. Pure comfort food right here! ????Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

I also steamed some broccoli to serve it by the side. Added nutrients plus having some greens on your plate is always visually appealing anyways! I love how each of the components go hand in hand with each other. The creaminess of the mash, the bite from the meatballs, the smooth and peppery gravy plus the crunchy broccoli. You have to serve ALL of these together cause this is not an arranged marriage where your mom brings four and you have to choose one!

Do try these Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes a try. The gravy is really awesome that I can just drink up that gravy through a straw. Someone pass me a straw already!

Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

4.7 from 17 reviews
Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes
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Serves: 4
  • For The Meatballs
  • 500g ground beef
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp grounded black pepper
  • 1 garlic, grated
  • ½ onion, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For Gravy
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic, grated
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salt to taste
For Mashed Potatoes
  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and boiled till tender
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • ½ cup milk (I used low-fat milk)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Add all the meatball ingredients (excluding the olive oil) to a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium to high heat. Add meatballs and cook.
  4. Cook the meatballs on all sides, add more oil if needed. Remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, add butter. Once melted, add onion and cook until onion is soft and translucent.
  6. Add in 2 tbsp of flour and the grated garlic. Fry this for 1 minute.
  7. Slowly whisk in the beef broth. Cook for about 3 minutes till sauce thickens.
  8. Mix in the tomato ketchup, bbq sauce and paprika.
  9. Season with salt and black pepper.
  10. If sauce is too thick, add some beef broth or water.
  11. Add the meatballs back to the pan and let them toss in the sauce for about 1 minute.
For Mashed Potatoes
  1. Mash the boiled potatoes and place it in a big bowl.
  2. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper.
To serve
  1. Place some mashed potatoes on a plate.
  2. Top with meatballs and gravy. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli.
  3. Garnish with some parsley if desired.



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  1. Katie says:


    Made this last night for dinner. We both really liked it!!!! Wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you!!

  2. laure Vasquez says:

    What does 1 garlic mean? Do you mean the entire head or just 1 clove. I want to make this soon but wanted the right amount of garlic! I feel the entire head is too much and a single clove will not be enough.

    • Maya says:

      Hi Laure. I used 1 fat clove of garlic. You can easily use 2 cloves too. Do take note that since there is garlic in both the meatballs and the sauce, so should you decide to use more garlic. 2 cloves would suffice. 🙂

  3. Dawn says:

    Made this tonight for dinner. It was really good. I used lean ground turkey and it came out excellent. My husband loved it and had seconds. Thank you!

  4. Penny Steed says:

    I just came across your site and this recipe. My family loves sweet and sour meatballs, and this recipe looks like it can easily become another favorite in our household. I can’t wait to try it this week.

  5. Cyndi says:

    Do you drain the grease from cooking the meatballs before adding the butter?

  6. S Marie says:

    DELISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just made it for dinner and my family loved it!!!! Thank you 🙂

  7. Cyndie Hammers says:

    How much is 500g of ground meat? We buy it by the pound.

  8. Kay Eichler says:

    Just made this for a friend. Delicious! I hope they like it as much as I do. Thanks

  9. Alisha says:

    Could you make the meatballs and gravy a day ahead?

  10. Kristina says:

    Question? could you cook the meet balls in the oven, and if so what would you recamind for temperature and time

    • Maya says:

      Although i prefer to pan fry this coz it browns better, you can still bake these for about 18-25minutes (depending on the size) in a 400°F oven. 🙂

  11. Anh Shaw says:

    This was wonderful! A few changes I made (because I feel like my palate likes SUPER seasoned food) were added to the gravy:
    -1 tsp worchestshire sauce
    -1 tsp coarse dijon mustard
    -1 extra tbsp ketchup
    -1 extra tbsp bbq sauce

    I also bought ground beef in bulk and just froze 2 more batches of the meatballs so will definitely make this again! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  12. Karen says:

    This was a huge hit! I used spicy bbq sauce and hot paprika. A keeper!

  13. Sarita says:

    Hello Maya…WOW!! I had to comment… I was looking for the perfect meatball recipe and I have found it!…every one in my house looked at each other when hey had the first bite…even granma said they were the best meatballs she ever had in her life! and she is pretty old.
    I cant thank you enough!
    All the best xx

  14. Ruthie says:

    made this for dinner tonight.. mine did not look nearly as gorgeous as your pictures 😉 but it was absolutely delicious!! even my 2 year old loved it. definitely a new regular recipe to come back to again & again. i added some halved brussel sprouts to the gravy at the same time as the onion and that was delish!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Michelle says:

    I usually don’t comment on blogs but I’ve been compelled. I have made this recipe twice now and my family just LOVES it. Thank you for a delicious recipe, it is perfect as it is.

  16. Susan says:

    Good stuff! Made for dinner tonight. Comfort food at it’s best. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Erica says:

    Could you use frozen meatballs and get close to the same results? I want to make this for a party but don’t have the time to hand make enough meatballs for 50 people!

    • Maya says:

      Hi Erica,
      I have pesonally not tried using frozen meatballs but I believe if you have cooked using frozen meatballs before and it taste good, this would work for this recipe too! Infact this is lovely with good quality cocktail sausages too! Hope this helps!

  18. Amy says:

    No egg and the meatballs stay together?

    • Maya says:

      Hi Amy,

      Yes it works without the egg too because of the breadcrumbs. Nevertheless, if you prefer to add an egg, by all means. 🙂

  19. trisha says:

    So yummy looking! Can I use minced chicken instead? We do not consume beef 🙂

  20. Kristin says:

    Delicious! We had a vow this week to only use items we had on hand to get our pantry and fridge under control (grocery shopping is a weakness for my husband and me). I had been eyeing this recipe for awhile, so we made it Thursday. We didn’t have an onion, but used shallots. Even the sweet and smokey BBQ sauce we had fit in VERY well. We halved this (only 2 of us) and not a single bite was left over. I guarantee this will be on rotation.

    • Maya says:

      I am glad that you enjoyed the recipe. Was smiling, when I read your comment coz I can totally relate to you. When I’m in a supermarket, I behave like a 5 years old in Toys Rus,. A few months back, I remembered telling myself that I am going to clear my pantry before stocking up more items but it didn’t materialized. Now, you have inspired me to do the same, I am going to try and cook with the items I already have in hand and not purchase more. Thank you!

  21. Connie says:

    Maya, I made this for Easter dinner, for just my husband and myself. I followed the recipe with the exception of the BBQ sauce. No worries, it was wonderful! It looked beautiful plated similar to your photos. My husband did not speak until he was dishing up his second plate! It was a big hit! Thank you!

  22. Lisa Carson says:

    I made this tonight for dinner. Was awesome.

  23. Dave says:

    This looks lovely! How well does it freeze? Thinking of cooking for dinner and freezing leftovers for another day.

    • Maya says:

      Hello Dave!

      I have personally not tried freezing these but I think it might work since there is no cream in the sauce, thus you won’t get the gritty texture that sometimes occurs in creamy sauces after you freeze them. Hope this helps!

  24. Cynthia says:

    Could I use something else to thicken sauce . I am very bad at getting flour taste out.

  25. Taylor says:

    In the list of ingredients, it says beef stock, but in the instructions it says broth. Which should I use?

  26. Sandy says:

    Could you use this recipe to make a nice meatloaf?

  27. Tiffany Shinaver says:

    This was a delicious meal that the whole family approved of, plus a couple neighbor kids 😊
    I love the idea of grating the onion to keep the meatballs nice and smooth, they are absolutely delicious!! I doubled the recipe, as I was feeding 7, and it was absolutely perfect! I will be making it again!
    I served it with green beans

  28. Haeley says:

    I would love to use this recipe for a work pot luck. Do you have any recommendations for a cock pot?

    • Maya says:

      To be frank, I’ve never tried but what I would do is to brown the meatballs first and everything else can be done in the crock pot. Hope this helps.

  29. Debra says:

    I made these tonight for dinner. If green beans on the side. I can’t say enough about how great the flavor was and how easy it was to make.

  30. Tracey H. says:

    When the recipe says to grate the onion, is that on the larger side of the grated, or the smaller side?

  31. Joyce says:


    Can this be made in a crock pot?

    • Maya says:

      I have personally never tried but what I would do is to brown the meatballs first and everything else can be done in the crock pot. Hope this helps.

  32. Rissy says:

    You need to add an egg the meatballs or else they will fall apart. Add mushrooms to the gravy for more authentic flavor.

    • Maya says:

      Hello Rissy! Works well with me without the egg too, but an egg would obviously do no harm either. 😀 Following a recipe is all about making it your own. 🙂

  33. Angela says:

    I just made this for my family and I and we absolutely loved it 💕💕I will be making this again

  34. Sandra Auzenne says:

    Made this for the first time… turned out soooo good…. now to see how my husband likes it

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