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Cheesy American Beef Meatballs

Cheesy American Beef Meatballs

with Green Beans & Garlic Bread

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One bite of this meal and you’ll think your mind is playing tricks on you. The rich combination of tender beef meatballs and a tomato-BBQ sauce tastes just like a classic cheeseburger, except all baked together in a comforting dish. Add some bright green beans for crunch and garlic bread to mop up the sauce and this will quickly become a favourite.

Preparation Time45 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1
serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
serving amount

1 unit

brown onion

4 clove


1 unit


1 bag

green beans

1 packet

beef mince

1 sachet

All-American Spice Blend

(May be presentGluten)

½ packet

fine breadcrumbs


½ sachet

tomato paste

1 tin

diced tomatoes

1 tub

BBQ Sauce

1 cube

beef stock

1 packet

shredded Cheddar cheese


1 unit

bake-at-home ciabatta

(ContainsGluten, SoyaMay be presentEgg, Milk, Sesame, Tree Nuts, Lupin)

Not included in your delivery

olive oil

1 unit



50 g


Nutritional Valuesper serving
Nutritional Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
per serving
Energy (kJ)3630 kJ
Fat42.8 g
of which saturates23.9 g
Carbohydrate67.8 g
of which sugars29.6 g
Protein47.8 g
Sodium1850 mg
The average adult daily energy intake is 8700 kJ
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Chopping board
Baking Dish
Large Non-Stick Pan
Medium Bowl
Small Bowl
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Get prepped
Get prepped

Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Finely chop the brown onion. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Trim the green beans. Grate the carrot (unpeeled), or finely chop if you'd prefer.

Make meatballs
Make meatballs

In a medium bowl, combine the beef mince, egg, All-American spice blend and fine breadcrumbs (see ingredients list). Season with salt and pepper and combine. Using damp hands, shape heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into meatballs and place on a plate. You should get around 4-6 meatballs per person. In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a medium baking dish.

Bake meatballs
Bake meatballs

Return the frying pan to a medium heat with a drizzle more olive oil if needed. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add 1/2 the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the tomato paste (see ingredients list) and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, BBQ sauce, 1/2 the butter and crumbled beef stock (1 cube for 2 people / 2 cubes for 4 people). Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into the baking dish and top with the shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until melted.

Make the garlic bread
Make the garlic bread

While the meatballs are baking, slice the bake-at-home ciabatta in half lengthways, then slice each half across the diagonal. Place the remaining butter and garlic in a small bowl and microwave in 10 second bursts or until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the garlic butter over the cut side of the ciabatta pieces and place directly onto the wire racks in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden.

Cook the beans
Cook the beans

While the bread is baking, wash out the frying pan and return to a medium-high heat. Add the green beans and a dash of water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. TIP: There's no need for oil, the water helps them steam!

Serve up
Serve up

Divide the American beef meatballs, garlic bread and green beans between plates. Spoon over any excess sauce from the baking dish.