Can I Reheat Meatballs? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Meatballs are amazing! Not only are they an excellent source of protein, but they are also a quick and easy snack to grab, a dinner for many, or a stuffing for sandwiches!

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So, if you’ve meal prepped a bunch of meatballs, or you just have a bunch of leftovers, let’s get them reheated and ready to eat however you love them best!

Can You Reheat Meatballs?

Can You Reheat Meatballs

Yes! Of course you can reheat meatballs.

And the nice thing is, whether you made them with ground turkey, ground beef, or sausage, you’ll be hard-pressed to have any trouble with the reheating process. It’s really hard to go wrong reheating meatballs.

While with many meats, you have to worry about turning them tough, making them chewy, or cooking all the flavor out of them, that’s not a problem with meatballs.

You have to try pretty hard to mess these amazing bites of deliciousness up.

The truth is you can reheat pretty much any food that has been frozen or refrigerated. It’s all about the method and the appliance.

For food that has been breaded or fried, you’re usually going to be best off reheating it in an air fryer or in the oven. For food that has been baked or grilled, your best approach is going to be using the oven or the grill.

For meatballs, your best approach is likely going to be the stovetop, but let’s run through each appliance just to be sure.

Should You Reheat Meatballs?

Should You Reheat Meatballs

Before we start talking appliances and approaches, let’s talk food safety.

Of course, since we’re dealing with meat, we want to be super safe and not let the meatballs become contaminated. You’ll need to cook them high and long enough that any potential contaminants get cooked out.

In general, the guidelines for reheating leftovers say to heat the food to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered outside of the “danger zone.”

But, of course, you should always do your own research. To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat Meatballs in the Oven

Reheating meatballs in the oven is easy, and you can get it all done in one pot.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the meatballs in an oven-safe casserole dish with a red sauce or other sauce covering them. Cover the dish with an oven-safe lid.
  3. Heat the meatballs for 30 minutes and check to be sure they are warmed through.
  4. Serve with your favorite sides or as a topping or just a snack on a plate and enjoy!

How to Reheat Meatballs in the Microwave

While most foods are best kept far away from the microwave, meatballs in sauce can actually turn out great with this approach.

  1. Place your meatballs in their sauce in a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a microwave-safe lid.
  2. Heat the meatballs for 3-5 minutes, checking on them a couple of times in between and stirring them up each time.
  3. Serve the meatballs as a topping, on a sandwich, or with your favorite sides, and enjoy!

How to Reheat Meatballs in an Air Fryer

Reheating meatballs in an air fryer is one of the few approaches that does not require sauce.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place your meatballs in the air fryer basket and heat them for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Check to be sure they’re warmed through and serve with your favorite sides.
  4. Enjoy!

How to Reheat Meatballs on a Grill

You also don’t need sauce for reheating meatballs on a grill. In fact, you can fire up your grill and place the meatballs directly on the grill, turning them so they cook evenly.

While I typically won’t send you running out to your grill to reheat meatballs, this is one time I would highly recommend it.

  1. Preheat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the meatballs on the grill over indirect heat and close the lid.
  3. Give the meatballs 3-5 minutes and check to be sure they’re heated through.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite sides, sauce, or as toppings.

How to Reheat Meatballs in a Toaster Oven

The toaster oven is a great place to reheat your meatballs, especially if you don’t have a conventional oven.

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place your meatballs in a shallow baking dish and cover them with sauce.
  3. Cover the dish and heat the meatballs for 10-15 minutes, turning them about halfway through.
  4. Serve with your favorite sides or as toppings and enjoy!

How to Reheat Meatballs in a Pan on the Stove

My favorite approach to reheating meatballs is the stovetop. It allows you to monitor the meatballs as they heat, watch the sauce as it bubbles, and get the dish on your plate fast!

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.

You can heat just the meatballs in the skillet for a few minutes, with no sauce, turning them frequently to get even heat, or you can heat the meatballs in sauce, bringing the sauce to a simmer and turning the meatballs in the sauce regularly. Either way, it shouldn’t take you more than 5-7 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sides, on bread, or just on a plate and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Meatballs Is Using the Stovetop

Yeah. It has to be the stovetop. It gets the job done quickly and easily, and you’ll be enjoying these amazing bites with extreme pleasure.

Of course, you can’t hate any of the other approaches. Even the microwave will get your dish in tip-top shape in no time flat.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite approach to reheating meatballs? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

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