Ikea meatballs: the Swedish superstore's secret recipe

Always wondered how they make Ikea meatballs? Well listen up, folks, because they've released the secret recipe...

Ikea meatballs
(Image credit: Ikea)

Ikea meatballs have gained serious cult status over recent years. So much so that if you told us that you'd never been to Ikea just to get your hands on a plate meatballs (and ended up with a bag full of things you didn't know you needed, anyway) we absolutely wouldn't believe you. 

So, when we learnt that Ikea had released their super-secret meatball recipe, we absolutely had to share the news. Not only are they actually surprisingly simple to make, but Ikea has gone all out and released flat-pack inspired step-by-step instructions to go alongside them, which certainly bought a lil smile to our faces. 

Traditionally, Swedish meatballs are served with creamy mashed potato and lingonberry sauce (you could opt for cranberry sauce as an easy alternative). But, if that doesn't float your boat, you could also try serving with pasta and a rich tomato sauce.

Check out the recipe below, then head over to our food hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration. And don't miss our tempting Swedish cakes and pies – easy recipes to copy.

Ikea meatballs 

(Image credit: Ikea)


  • Beef mince, 500 grams
  • Pork mince, 250 grams
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • Breadcrumbs, 100 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning 


1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.

2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for two hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).

3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.

4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.

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