Meatballs-70s Style

I cheat when making meatballs for my family. In general we buy the vegetarian frozen meatballs (ideal!) or regular frozen meatballs. Some good, some bad.

I grew up making a lot of meatballs with Lipton California Onion Soup Mix. I don’t think they call it California anymore but they did in the 70s.

Basically, here was the deal. You grab a kid (because who wants to touch cold raw hamburger, right?). Make kid wash hands.

Take 2 lbs of fairly lean ground beef, 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix, an egg, and about 1 cup of dry bread crumbs. Combine the ingredients. Roll into small balls…then BAKE them. Yes, bake them. Oh, you can microwave them too, but if you are doing a fair sized batch, just toss them on your cookie sheet…err Jelly Roll pan. (not a real cookie sheet with no edges to prevent a grease fire in the bottom of the oven) Bake until done-usually 15-20 minutes for a normal party sized meatball.

Then you can use the other packet of onion soup mix and make a lovely, yummy, sauce like I do…and shared in this recipe: Mama’s Meatballs.


  1. I always bake my meatballs. 🙂

    And having had your Mama’s Meatballs (erm, that was what you made for the birthday party right?) I can attest to their yumminess!

  2. Yes, that is what we had for the birthday party.

    I am wondering if I will get a big 40th birthday party. sigh. I have always sort of wanted a cool birthday.

  3. I’ve used this same recipe for many years. I use 5 lbs of hamburger in my recipe, but the ingredients are exactly the same. Would you mind if I mention it on my blog, with a link to your’s?


  4. For my birthdays I aim for three things:
    1. Mexican food
    2. Margaritas
    3. Cake that I will actually eat

    If I get one of the three I’ve done well. If it’s the margaritas I don’t tend to care about the others. 😉

  5. “California” onion soup? How funny is T”HAT? I love how easy-easy this is!

  6. Cottonpickin-go right ahead! I look forward to reading your post.

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