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Meatballs with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


The Beef Meatballs with Sage Brown Butter Sauce are made with well seasoned and tender beef meatballs covered in a sage-flavored sauce made from brown butter.


Units Scale
  • 2 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Oregano Leaves
  • 1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Large Organic Egg
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

For the Brown Butter Sauce:

  • 10 Whole Sage Leaves
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic


  1. Chop fresh oregano leaves into fine pieces.
  2. Add ground beef, chopped oregano, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, egg, paprika, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder to a large bowl. Mix using hands.
  3. Form palm-sized meatballs and place them on a baking sheet (paid link). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. For brown butter sage sauce, heat skillet to medium heat. Add butter. Once the butter begins to foam (around 3 minutes), add in the minced garlic and fresh sage. Continue to stir continuously and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes. It is done when your sauce is a deep golden brown and brown speckles can be seen on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove meatballs from the oven. Place on serving dish and pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • Use a light-colored pan so you can monitor the butter and look for the caramelized milk solids to form at the bottom of the pan.
  • Butter can burn easily so keeps your eyes on the pan the entire time.
  • Make sure your butter is room temperature before adding it to the pan.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 23
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bakes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 368
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 224mg
  • Fat: 20.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.9g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Protein: 37.1g
  • Cholesterol: 155mg