Pepperoni Meatballs


Pepperoni Meatballs, by Karen of The Food Charlatan for I Heart Naptime

Pepperoni Meatballs

These meatballs are made with pepperoni slices that have been ground in a food processor. So the first time I tried it, I dumped the whole package in, snapped the lid on, and flipped the switch.  As I watched the blade spin I noticed something that looked like dirt. It certainly wasn’t red, which is the only color you want to see when you’re grinding pepperoni.

That was when I realized that I had forgotten to take out the little paper package that says “DO NOT EAT.” You know, the stuff that keeps your pepperoni nice and fresh. SUPPOSEDLY. It looked a lot like dirt to me.


Pepperoni Meatballs

I highly recommend taking this little package out so that you don’t poison yourself or at least so that you’re not eating dirt. It’s lucky I’m a pepperoni addict (you never know when you’re going to get a homemade pizza craving) and had more pepperoni in the freezer to use.

So, when you make these meatballs (you really should), make sure you take out the dirt pack in the pepperoni.

Pepperoni Meatballs

This recipe was born out of desperation. I was having a meatball craving, and didn’t have any ground pork in my freezer, just ground beef. I don’t love all-beef meatballs, so I decided to branch out (mostly because pepperoni was the only other meat on hand.) Turned out awesome though. It’s like eating pizza meatballs. What’s not to love??

Pepperoni Meatballs

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Pepperoni Meatballs

Pepperoni Meatballs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pepperoni Meatballs
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 25
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor

Combining pizza and meatballs to make the ultimate comfort food!



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


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Add the pepperoni to a food processor.* Pulse thoroughly until it is ground completely. Add to a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the ground beef, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  6. 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.
  7. Form the meatballs into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. (Or any size you want, as long as they are uniform.)
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until browned on the bottoms.
  9. Serve with pasta and marinara! Makes about 25-30 meatballs.

Recipe Notes

*Make sure to take out the fresh pack thing that says not to eat it. If you blend it up with your pepperoni you will have to throw the whole thing out. Not that I would know.

Nutrition Facts
Pepperoni Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 comments on “Pepperoni Meatballs”

  1. This is such a great idea! I bet these would be super good on top of a pizza!

  2. These look SO DARN GOOD! And what an efficient way to use up pepperoni and make do with what you have! I will definitely be making this for my family, ASAP!  : )

  3. This is the first time I’ve heard about “pepperoni Meatballs” and it looks like a great idea. I love pepperoni flavored pizza, but I just can’t have them all the time because pizza is not friendly to my diet plan. Pizza contains so much more than my recommended daily calorie intake, but the pepperoni alone won’t do a lot of damage. I’ll surely include this in my next week diet plan! Thanks!

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