Johnny Appleseed Meatballs Recipe -
Johnny Appleseed Meatballs Recipe
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Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

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"The apples add a subtle sweetness to this delicious and simple dish."

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Original recipe makes 18 to 20 meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with chopped apple, bread crumbs, egg and onion salt. Divide into 18 to 20 meatballs. Roll each one between your hands to shape into a ball.
  2. Heat a large skillet and add oil. Cook the meatballs until browned; pour off fat.
  3. Stir in water, brown sugar and gravy mix. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 08, 2004

I'm not a cook, nor am I a meatball person, but I loved this recipe. I wasn't going to finely dice up an apple, so I took a soft apple and grated it. Worked perfectly! I suggest mixing up the gravy and sugar before pouring it in. It makes stirring it easier. And it only fed 3 of us. Overall, didn't taste apple...just yumminess! Far better than those jelly meatball recipes. Served over egg noodles and substituted garlic salt. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2007

Although the meatballs themselves were good, we found the sweet gravy too odd for our taste. This might be better without the sugar. I added a little bit of rosemary to the meat since some reviewers thought these meatballs were bland.


26 Ratings

Sep 18, 2003

This was a good recipe. I do suggest chopping the apples extra fine simply to be able to make the meatballs and making double the gravy. My whole family loved it. Thanks!

Aug 29, 2002

Very tasty meatballs. I found this recipe, and added it to my "recipe box"... almost backed out of making it because the more I thought about it, the more leery I became at the concept of apples in beef! I went against my feelings on this one and made it anyway...THE FAMILY LOVED IT, INCLUDING MYSELF. Even my nine year old, who is the most picky eater in the world ate it! I would say this is a definate "keeper" and will be making it again

Dec 11, 2002

My family loved these meatballs. Great with rice and mac salad. I made double the gravy since we like it on the rice. The sweetness was a nice change. I like to hear my husband say "MMMMM! What is this???" and try to figure out the twist in a recipe, which he definately did with this one. Looks familiar enough that the kids tried it and liked it. Make sure to chop the apple into FINE chunks or it is a pain to shape the meatballs :o) A+ recipe!!

Apr 13, 2008

Wow! These were really good. I left out the sugar. I chopped the apple and 1/4 onion (didnt have onion salt) in the food processor. I left out the egg. Everybody loved them. I will make again.

Mar 02, 2009

Everyone (even the picky one) liked this. I also grated the apple and omitted the sugar in the gravy. I will make this again since it was a nice change from other ground beef dishes.

Dec 22, 2008

I have been making these meatballs since I ran across this recipe on this site about 5 yrs ago. My family loves them as do my coworkers when we have pitch ins. I sometimes make them with pineapple and almost always add cinnamon as well. Thanks Christing for dreaming this up.


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  • Calories
  • 332 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 26.1 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 568 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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