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Lunchbox Mini BBQ Meatballs

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A hot lunch is easy to make.This post contains affiliate links meaning if you purchase through the link I will receive a small commission. When my son was in elementary school he was tired of the run of the mill sandwiches. I was desperate to find something he would enjoy in his lunchbox. Now this is a kid who will eat just about anything and will try just about anything at least once. I thought and thought and it finally came to me – why not make one of my favorite appetizers into a hot lunch for him. I pitched him the idea of mini BBQ meatballs. He was totally game.

I used a package of ground beef that was about a pound and a half. That made 30 meatballs. About 10 fit into the thermos I have but I form all of the meatballs and freeze in packages of 10. 10 is plenty for my son along with the other things I pack in his lunch. I tried cooking them and freezing, which works well in theory however I would forget to take them out the night before to defrost. I cook them up in the morning, they take a bit longer from frozen and that way I feel they are fresher. If you’re a better planner it is time saving to cook them ahead. It’s also easy to cook them the day before, cover in barbecue sauce and store in the fridge overnight. Reheat in a bit of extra barbecue sauce in the morning and pack for lunch.

These mini bbq meatballs were such a hit with my son and his friends. A Mom friend texted me to ask how I made them because her son raved about the mini meatballs.


Lunchbox Mini BBQ Meatballs

Lunchbox Mini BBQ Meatballs

Yield: 30 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Lunchbox mini BBQ meatballs are a delicious hot lunch for work or school.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, use your favorite


  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef and seasonings to taste.
  2. Using a small cookie scoop or your hands, roll ground beef into mini meatballs. Saute in a pan until cooked through.
  3. In a saucepan combine cooked meatballs with your favorite barbecue sauce and heat through.

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BBQ meatballs are a delicious hot lunch for work or school.

Danielle @ Follow My Gut

Thursday 17th of August 2017

I love making meatballs and think these look sooooo good. Now I gotta make some for myself!

Danielle | <3


Sunday 6th of August 2017

Looks like a great idea! Love fresh ideas, my boys would love these! So glad you shared them at #Celebrate365!


Friday 21st of July 2017

Perfect little lunchbox bites!


Thursday 20th of July 2017

What a fun lunch! I was curious how you packed them as well, but the thermos is perfect!!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Yum! I'm sharing a recipe with meatballs tomorrow for #BacktoSchool. My boys are the same way: they don't love sandwiches, so I have to get creative with our lunches. Thankfully, they are fine with leftovers.

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