Are you looking for something different to grill and out of ideas? And really want something that requires little prep? Try grilling meatballs.
Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to grill beyond burgers. There’s nothing wrong with a burger, but sometimes you just need to try something different.
I’m not sure where I saw the original idea, but grilling meatballs came to mind on a weekend afternoon while I was walking around through the meat department.
I know what you’re thinking. How in the world is that no-prep?
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Tips for grilling meatballs on an outdoor electric grill
Check the meat department at your local grocery store for pre-made, ready to cook meatballs. They completely fit the no-prep-needed category of grillables.
Buy pre-made sauce. My grocery store has an awesome sauce that tastes homemade. If you’re feeling adventurous you could always make your own (or make your own and freeze it). To save time try buying a good quality sauce, even if it’s not the cheapest option.
How to grill meatballs on an electric grill
Keeping in the spirit of minimal effort, I really only needed to spray them well with cooking spray to minimize sticking.
Put each meatball directly on the grates, no special tools are required.
Ultimately I grilled them on my electric grill for about 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes to a different side to make sure they were cooked through. Before eating, make sure they’re thoroughly cooked.
How my grilled meatballs turned out
My grilled meatballs picked up a nice smokey flavor. I paired it with a vodka blush sauce and whole wheat pasta. Given the smokey flavor, I wanted some equally flavorful sauce for it.
And because I cooked a few more than I could eat at one time, I froze the rest for the future. No need to let them go to waste and when it’s a busy night at home, they were a quick go-to that reheated really well.
Grilled meatballs were a nice alternative to the standard burgers or chicken when you have an electric grill.