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Baby Approved- Beef Meatballs

Baby Approved- Beef Meatballs

A few months ago I started introducing my son to a wide variety of foods. One being these baby approved beef meatballs. Most meatballs have lots of filler in them. Not these. I use lean ground beef, shredded spinach and minced up match stick carrots combined with a little garlic powder and cooked mashed sweet potatoes! All good nutritious ingredients that my son loves.

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I use this small OXO cookie scoop to scoop the meat and make perfectly round bite-size pieces. I place them on a cookie tray and bake them for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked through. Internal temperature reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit. He gobbles these meatballs up. Usually eating 3-4 in one sitting. They freeze well too making this an ideal quick dinner to heat up for baby. I can ideally get 24 mini meatballs from 1 batch. You’ll notice I’m only using 1/3lb. of lean ground beef. I usually use the rest for a dinner for my husband and I.
 Cute Baby Approved- Beef Meatballs
I took this photo last month of Ryder enjoying the beef meatballs.
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And in boy fashion… he then proceeded to show me the beef meatballs mid-chew! He thinks he is funny. By the way if your looking for a highchair I highly recommend the OXO Seedling Highchair (and the roll bib). They are both a lifesaver and so easy to clean!
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Ryder is already spoiled and has enjoyed these fresh so often that he normally doesn’t care for the frozen version. He has to be really hungry. I’ve had them both fresh and frozen and I think they are both fine, but somehow this little stinker can tell the difference. I’ve already created a foodie monster. I’m in big trouble. So if you have a baby and a picky eater I would highly suggest giving these meatballs a try. They are packed with veggies and your baby will never know it!

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Baby Approved- Beef Meatballs

Yield: 24

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/3 lb lean organic ground beef
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp minced matchstick carrots
  • 3 tbsp cooked smashed sweet potato (cooled)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the lean organic ground beef, fresh spinach, minced carrots, smashed sweet potato and garlic powder.
  3. Using a small OXO cookie scoop, begin scooping the raw meat and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consume within 5 days or freeze and eat within 3 months.

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10 Responses to “Baby Approved- Beef Meatballs”

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm (#)

    SO CUTE! Pinning these for when I have kiddos!

    • Katie replied on March 19th, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      My son adores them… and I’m even making these for his 1st birthday party for him and his friends to munch on at lunch! 🙂

  2. Jenn posted on August 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm (#)

    This recipe is kind of perfect for me tonight. I was looking for mini meatball recipes to try and I have a 1/4 lb of leftover ground beef in my freezer. I was worried I’d have to convert a recipe down. Can’t wait to try these out on my little one! 

    • Katie replied on August 31st, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Glad this recipe worked for you! Yes–so good and easy to make in a small batch! 🙂

  3. Emily posted on October 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm (#)

    I tried making these, following the directions, but they did not come out well. First of all, I doubled the recipe and used the Oxo cookie scoop and only got 14 small meatballs. How tiny are they supposed to be if you’re getting 24 out of half of that?!? Maybe because mine were larger than extremely tiny, they took longer to cook – I tried 15 minutes, but the internal temp was not high enough, so I added 5, and then another 3, and then another 3, and then finally just called it quits. I tried cutting one in half and it looks cooked through – actually seems a bit tough. It’s nice to pack it with meat and veggies, but I think meatballs may need a little of the filler for the right texture. Hopefully my baby will like them anyway, but I will look for a different recipe next time.

    • Katie replied on October 3rd, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Emily, I’m sorry to hear this. I always recommend trying the recipe exactly how it is written on the first try–then modify from their. I used the small OXO cookie scoop (they come in three sizes–small, medium, and large). I didn’t add any additional meat to the scoop ensuring they would be bite-size and tiny.

  4. Erin posted on July 24, 2018 at 4:55 am (#)

    Oooh! My son is allergic / intolerant to so very much but these I can make (minus the carrots and garlic). In the post you said 1/3 lb beef and in the recipe, you have 1/4 lb listed. Just a heads up. 🙂 Will report back later today!

    • Katie replied on July 27th, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Erin–hope he likes them as much as my kids do! Thanks for the heads up–I’ll adjust now!

  5. Stella posted on August 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm (#)

    Hey Katie! Mine came out too hard and I was afraid my baby may gag on them if they’re too hard to chew so I scrapped them. Did I cook them too long in the oven? Any idea for how to soften them?

    Thank you!

    • Katie replied on August 13th, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Stella, you might have cooked them a little too long. Mine never came out crispy. Every oven varies as far as temperature and time. I also find every baby is different. I would always break up the meatballs into small pieces for my son to feed himself. I’m sorry–this recipe didn’t work for you the first time around.

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