Everybody loves pepperoni, right? (Seriously, how many pepperoni pizzas are eaten every day?) I decided to add the flavors to meatballs. Best idea ever! Super tender meatballs with a little bit of a pizza kick. It’s easy and so good! 

Pepperoni Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

Last week we were eating homemade hamburgers with our friends Sarah and Brian, and I forgot to set out napkins on the table. My hands were covered in hamburger-ness (I don’t believe in neat hamburgers), but I noticed that Sarah’s hands were perfectly clean. “What gives?? Why are your hands so clean??” She said, “Probably because I’m a tidier eater than you…Also I wiped my hands on my pants.”

This is why we’re friends.

Pepperoni Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

One time I was eating dinner with Eric’s family. We had just said the prayer and started eating when I looked around and said, “How come I’m the only one who got a napkin?” and it was only when everyone started laughing that I realized everyone DID have a napkin, it was just already on their laps. You know, where napkins are supposed to go when you’re eating.

I should definitely let them know about Sarah’s strategy though. It will be a revolution! Who needs napkins when you have pants?

Pepperoni Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

Pepperoni Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

You know how packages of pepperoni come with little packets that say DO NOT EAT on them? Does anyone know what’s actually in them? Because I definitely have no idea. All I know is that if you are chopping up your pepperoni in a food processor so that you can add it to meatballs, TAKE OUT THE PACKET first. Definitely realized that too late the first time. Good thing I had more pepperoni in the freezer!

IF you can remember to take out the Do Not Eat packet, then these meatballs are super easy. Also DELICIOUS. It’s like pizza-flavored meatballs. What’s not to love? Add it to some quick pasta and sauce and dinner is done.

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Pepperoni Meatballs

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 25
Everybody loves pepperoni, right? (Seriously, how many pepperoni pizzas are eaten every day?) I decided to add the flavors to meatballs. Best idea ever! Super tender meatballs with a little bit of a pizza kick. It's easy and so good! 


  • 1 (6-oz) package sliced pepperoni
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs , or quick oats
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Add the pepperoni to a food processor.* Pulse thoroughly until it is ground completely. Add to a large bowl.
  • Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the food processor and pulse until ground. Ignore the fact that this mixture looks extremely questionable and add it to the bowl.
  • Add the ground beef, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • Use your hands to combine the mixture. I know it feels gross, but it works better than a spoon and makes the meatballs more tender.
  • Form the meatballs into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. (Or any size you want, as long as they are uniform.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until browned on the bottoms.
  • Serve with pasta and marinara! Makes about 25-30 meatballs.


This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!


Serving: 2meatballs | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 99
Keyword: meatballs, Pepperoni
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    1. That’s a good question Gina! I think I would go for a 1:1 ratio. Use 3/4 cup almond flour and see how the mixture looks. If you are able to shape meatballs, it will be fine! If it is very wet, add a bit more. But I think 3/4 cup will do you. Great idea making these keto!

  1. I’m not usually a huge meatball fan but the pepperoni in this really intrigued me, so I tried them over the weekend. They were a huge hit! I love how they’re very tender (I hate when meatballs are tough). And the pepperoni gives it just the right amount of spice. I’ve also been enjoying the leftovers in meatball subs. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Ooh I can only imagine how awesome these would be in a sub sandwich! Yum! I’m glad you liked the recipe and thanks for the review!

  2. I bet Sarah has a lot of laundry;) Or does she just keep wearing the same pepperoni/burger smeared pants for multiple days? I want these meatballs – I would be unlike Sarah: I would wear a napkin bib while eating this!

  3. Karen I believe in Sarah’s pant theory too! Especially when I binge watch my favorite tv show and eat popcorn, wiping my hands on my pants is like the best way to go!! :P

    hehe jokes apart (even though I seriously do it all the time!), these meatballs look amazeballs! Thanks for the heads up about pepperoni paper! :P

  4. Yeah, what the heck are in those packets? I’ve always wondered.
    These meatballs would be a huge hit around here. There are some very devoted pepperoni lovers at this house. 😉 I’ll definitely have to make these.

    1. Right? It looked like dirt to me. Probably the entire industry is fooling us. :) If your family loves pepperoni I bet they will love this Amanda! Thanks hon!

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