Buffalo Meatball Recipe

Call me Omega 3 man. None of that corn-fed, hormone-filled beef for me. No thanks. I’ll take the grass-fed buffalo any day. After averaging several recipes together and checking what I had in my kitchen, I developed this buffalo meatball recipe. Simple and delicious.

Photo is titled Meatball Army from Flickr user Mr. Usaji. His photo of meatball preparation was much better than mine.

  • 1 pound ground buffalo
  • 4oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional)
  • salt
  • 1 clove garlic diced or pressed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix above ingredients in a bowl. Roll mix into walnut size meatballs. Lightly coat pan with oil. Place meatballs on the tray. Cook for 23 minutes. Done.

If pressed for time, you can cook in a lightly oiled pan for about 10 minutes. I tried both ways and slightly preferred the taste of the oven cooked buffalo meatballs.


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  1. what would these be like without the ricotta? does it get too dry without that? (i’m not a big ricotta fan).

  2. They should be fine without the ricotta. I’ve also used mozzarella.

  3. you could mix eggs instead of the ricotta or mozzarella

  4. My husband and I found your recipe through google….we love it!

  5. Mine had a weird texture and slightly ?gamey. do you think it was bcuz I put it right into the sauce (no baking). I got the meat from Whole Foods, made it the same day. ???

  6. @Sienna – If you found the taste gamey, I would try the recipe using 50% buffalo and 50% ground beef.

  7. Never mind. must’ve been in my head. They sat in the sauce overnight and my family devoured them the next day & said they were amazing. I tried them again and they tasted great. Thanks M!

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