Ranch Meatballs Recipe

A good variation to meatloaf are these tasty Ranch Meatballs! Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, you can enjoy them in a variety of ways: as is, in a sandwich, with pasta and sauce, on top of salads, in soups, in a pita pocket with salad and tahini sauce…I could go on on. I like to make 2 or 3 batches of them, and freeze them so I have something quick and delicious on hand for when I need a dinner or lunch STAT. My kids love them too, which is great for the evenings where I’m serving a dinner that they don’t like, and I need a healthy alternative for them. They are super tasty and the best part is that you get 6 meatballs for just 5 Points! They key here is using extra lean ground beef – it should be 96% lean and 4% fat – so make sure that’s the one you get if you want to keep this at just 5 Weight Watchers Points. Enjoy!

Ranch Meatballs

Tender, juicy, wonderfully seasoned meatballs are a perfect, yet simple Weight Watchers dinner recipe for those who savor flavor, but are watching Points.


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (96/4)
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute (like EggBeaters)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients by hand. Shape into about 24 meatballs.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Place meatballs in pan, and cook about 1-2 minutes on each side, until all sides are lightly browed.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, and pour in a 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 195

Fat: 6g

Protein: 26g

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is 6 meatballs

Each serving = 4 Smart Points/5 Points

PER SERVING: 195 calories; 6g fat; 2.9g saturated fat; 6g carbohydrates; .9g sugar; 26g protein; 0g fiber



  1. Criss Helms

    Hi! Now that zip list is gone how do we save your recipes?

    • Wendy Zitzman

      I’d suggest creating a board on Pinterest and pinning your favorite recipes to that board.

  2. Love your recipes but why can’t I PinInterest them? Also when I try to take a screen shot of the recipe an annoying add is in the way. Great recipes but not much good if I can’t save them.

  3. Could these meatballs be oven baked? If so, time and temp please. Thanks