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The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy are made with a combination of ground pork and beef and spiced to perfection for a flavorful meatball and with a rich and flavorful gravy to go with it!

Swedish meatballs and gravy served over egg noodles on a plate, garnished with fresh parsley.

This recipe took quite a number of rounds of testing, but I’m happy to say I’ve finally perfected the Swedish Meatball. Seriously guys, this’ll put anything you might find at Ikea to shame. I even recently took a trip to Sweden and sought out a restaurant that specializes in Swedish meatballs. And guess what? I prefer mine. And I’m not just saying that either.

What makes this recipe so good? It’s full of flavor. I’ve taken traditional flavors and kicked it all up a notch. I hate bland food, and I’ve eaten a lot of bland versions of Swedish meatballs. This recipe is anything but bland. You get a flavorful meatball combined with a rich and flavorful sauce and it’s just magic.

To add even more flavor in this recipe, you can always use a country style pork sausage instead of just ground pork. Let me tell you, that can really add a lot to this recipe. Just make sure you stay away from Italian style ground pork sausage. It just isn’t the right flavor profile.

Swedish meatballs and gravy served over egg noodles on a plate, garnished with fresh parsley and ground black pepper.

The meatballs are baked in this recipe for convenience. Not only does baking the meatballs free you up to work on other things, it also keeps things separate for kids who will eat meatballs, but won’t eat sauce. Yup, that’s my kids. You can always cook your meatballs in a skillet, but I really am a huge fan of baking simply for the convenience.

I prefer to serve my Swedish Meatballs over egg noodles. Another more traditional option is to serve them with mashed potatoes. You can also serve them over rice if you want.

The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy are made with a combination of ground pork and beef and spiced to perfection for a flavorful meatball and with a rich and flavorful gravy to go with it!

Step number 4 in this recipe involves making a roux. The flour in the recipe acts as a thickening agent. If you just added flour to a liquid you’d end up with a clumpy mess. By combining the flour with a fat source (melted butter), you will be able to distribute the thickening agent throughout the sauce without leaving clumps behind. This same principle can be applied to any sauce or soup that needs to be thickened. A roux is equal parts flour to fat. Cornstarch is a stronger thickening agent that I use (with butter) in things like puddings and cream pies.

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A fork lifts a meatballs from a plate of Swedish meatballs and gravy served over egg noodles on a plate, garnished with fresh parsley.
The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy are made with a combination of ground pork and beef and spiced to perfection for a flavorful meatball and with a rich and flavorful gravy to go with it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef 85-90%
  • 1 pound ground pork or country style ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lb. egg noodles
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, knead together ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg yolks, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Form into 1-inch meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, you'll want to make the egg noodles, or white rice to go with the dish, whichever you prefer to serve the meatballs and gravy over.
  • Make the gravy by melting butter in a large saucepan. Once butter is melted, stir in flour, nutmeg, and allspice until it forms a paste. Pour in beef broth and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce and heat over medium-high heat until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in sour cream.
  • Add cooked meatballs to sauce and serve hot over egg noodles (or mashed potatoes or rice).


Calories: 906kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 270mg | Sodium: 1250mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: swedish
Keyword: Swedish Meatballs and Gravy
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December 19, 2019 3:52 pm

5 stars
Love this recipe ?

May 1, 2018 8:35 pm

What about lingonberry jam?

May 10, 2018 11:43 am

The lingonberry jam is a side for the Meatballs like having cranberries with turkey. It doesnt go in the sauce.

Jesse Joe Carter
September 3, 2018 3:23 pm
Reply to  debby

That is right I think it would taste pretty good.

Lori Jankowski
November 24, 2020 3:43 pm
Reply to  Harriet

I think you’re thinking about the meatballs served at Ikea, Harriet. I believe they’re served with a little bowl of ligonberry jam, which is a nice addition but not necessary, and not an ingredient in the actual meatballs I believe!

Lori Jankowski
November 24, 2020 3:41 pm

5 stars
These were probably the BEST and most flavourful meatballs I’ve ever tasted (and made)! Served over egg noodles as suggested/shown. The sauce was incredible!

Kathleen Spence
November 1, 2020 5:49 pm

5 stars
This was the best swedish meatball recipe I have ever tasted. My mom used to make these when I was young but could never recreate the recipe. The meatballs in the recipe is a great meatball recipe for any type of meatballs, just change out the spices.

July 27, 2020 11:49 am

5 stars
Is your 71 carbs the whole dish

July 3, 2020 7:58 pm

5 stars
This is the Swedish Meatball sauce recipe I’ve been looking for. I always remembered some nutmeg in the sauce that my mom used to make and this is the only recipe I’ve found that includes it! I totally veganized it and it rocked! Used my own meatlessball recipe and threw in some mushrooms. Top notch!! This is going on my favorites list.

Meg P
March 4, 2020 10:09 pm

3 stars
I subbed a few of the ingredients for healthier options and it ended up tasting very very Worcestershire-y. That was probably my bad, but for those of you thinking you can healthy this up with low fat sour cream and low sodium veggie broth, I’d suggest against it.

Heather Roselle
December 31, 2019 3:24 pm

5 stars
Just made this today and family totally loved it! My first time ever making Swedish Meatballs and the recipe was easy and spot on to make. Thank you!

November 12, 2019 6:43 pm

5 stars
What a delicious meal! I halved the recipe and just used one pound of ground chicken. Can’t wait to make this again!

Lisa Soulor
September 17, 2019 4:32 pm

These are so delicious and easy to make. Love the flavor! Thanks, Rachel, for another great recipe!

June 14, 2019 5:07 pm

4 stars
I love this recipe. You are the best

Thank you

March 23, 2019 9:04 am

Just made these. Phenomenal recipe!! Thank you. 5 Star

Gail Croucher
January 17, 2019 5:44 pm

Can I divide this recipe in half ? I will only use 1lb. of meat Thanks

March 1, 2018 10:19 pm

I’m going to make this dish tonight. Can I use beef stock instead of beef broth?

Thank you

December 6, 2017 5:02 am

I live in the Netherlands. What is all Spivey?

Thank you!

December 6, 2017 5:03 am
Reply to  Julie

Sorry. All Spice

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