These meatballs have all of your breakfast favorites packed into a tiny bite sized meatballs. That’s right, there is sausage, bacon, eggs and cheese all inside. They are a tasty and fun way to change up your brunch menu.
Make breakfast more exciting with these tasty meatballs. Breakfast sausage gets spiced up with bacon, cheese and hard boiled eggs and turned into something even better.
A few years back, my brother made breakfast sausage links that had eggs and bacon mixed in. I think we saw some inspiration on Facebook or Pinterest and he actually ground up the mixture and stuffed it into casings.
He was nice enough to share some with us and Little Dude was instantly hooked. We still talk about those sausages all this time later and we regularly try to talk my brother into opening a meat shop that specializes in custom sausages.
We had a meatball competition coming up and Little Dude wanted to enter. So making meatballs inspired by that sausage made perfect sense.
We thought breakfast meatballs would be a fun and different entry. Can you believe there were at least four breakfast inspired recipes out of the fourteen?
Anyway, after several test batches and the final entry batch, we still love these meatballs. They are a fun and versatile option to make your meal even more special.
Making the meatballs
You want to start by prepping the pre-cooked ingredients. One of which is the hard boiled eggs.
Make them via whatever your preferred method is. I usually boil them on the stove or do the 5-5-5 instant pot method.
You can cook the eggs up to several days in advance. Just chill them until you are ready to use them.
You will also want to cook up your bacon. Medium doneness is fine, just so it is easy to chop.
A quick proud mom brag: Little Dude did all of the chopping of the eggs and bacon for his entry. I am so impressed with how competent he is in the kitchen!
Meatballs usually have a binder in them. It only made sense to use oatmeal in a breakfast meatball, just like we use in Marlene’s meatballs.
Toss in some shredded cheese and you have all of the makings of a tasty brunch meatball. Our tester meatballs were about Ping-Pong ball sized, but we did smaller meatballs for the competition.
A small cookie scoop was the perfect way to get a Tablespoon of the mixture for a perfect bite sized ball. Plus that way they cooked really evenly.
Just gently roll them between your hands to shape them. If you like pan fried meatballs, cook them in the bacon grease left from crisping the bacon.
Otherwise just arrange them on a baking sheet and let the oven cook them. Both ways are delicious.
How do you get meatballs to stick together?
Meatballs need binders to help hold them together. Using a raw egg for every pound of ground meat is usually enough to hold them together. You also want to use bread crumbs, rice or oats to help get that perfect meatball texture.
Over several batches, we have enjoyed these meatballs several ways. All of them were delicious.
They are good on their own alongside your favorite entree. A few with a fried egg and hashbrowns is a perfect combination.
The third batch got served with waffles and a drizzle of maple syrup. If you like dipping a sausage link into syrup, you will love these meatballs cooked in a bit of syrup.
More sausage filled breakfast favorites
Make breakfast for the whole family at once with a sausage sheet pan pancake. Just be sure to have the maple syrup ready!
Bake all of your breakfast favorites together in a fun and tasty sausage and waffle breakfast casserole. It’s great on its own or with a drizzle of that maple syrup.
Or for a more savory option make a Parmesan polenta brunch bowl topped with a poached eggs, crumbles of browned sausage and some asparagus for an out of this world breakfast entrée.
Loaded Breakfast Meatballs
- ½ pound bacon cooked
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
- 1 raw egg
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Chop hard boiled eggs and bacon into small pieces.
- Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
- Roll about 1 Tablespoon of mixture into a small ball and place on rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the centers reach 165°F.