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Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Crackers Meatballs with Gravy

Yum, meatballs and gravy!  These meatballs are made with ground beef and crushed Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Crackers and they are truly delicious!  The meatballs are easy to make and bake in the oven in just 20 minutes!  No pan frying!

All this month I’ve been participating in the 2016 A to Z Challenge.  The goal is to blog every day except Sundays.  Each blogging day is assigned a letter going in order from “A to Z” and today’s letter is “X”.  I have racked my brain trying to figure out topics that started with “X” that would work on Hangry Fork.  I kept coming back to Xtra Gum, Xtra Cheddar Goldfish and Hershey’s Kisses I’d cheat and post them as XXX Chocolate Kisses.  The Goldfish won!

Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Recipe

Here are what the Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Cracker Meatballs look like sitting in savory gravy.  Aren’t these some pretty meatballs?

Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Cracker Meatballs

Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Meatballs and Gravy Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this meatball recipe:

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion – chopped
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cup Xtra cheddar goldfish crackers – crushed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Here’s what you will need for the savory gravy:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

How to Make Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Meatballs and Gravy

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Get out a big sheet pan with sides and spray it with non-stick spray.

Place the chopped onion in a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle with a little water, cover, and microwave for about one minute or until the onion is cooked.  Use a paper towel to remove the excess water from the cooked onions.

Swedish Meatballs with Crackers

In a quart ziplock bag crush enough goldfish to make 3/4 cup of goldfish crumbs.  I felt kind of bad crushing the goldfish.  😉

Crushed Cheddar Crackers

Add the crushed goldfish, milk and medium eggs to the cooked cooled down onion, stirring to combine.

Meatballs Crackers Recipe

Next, add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.  Use your hands to work the ground beef until everything is combined.

The Best Meatballs Recipe

Now it’s time to roll the meatballs.  I used a tablespoon to scoop up some of the meat mixture and then I used my hands to form meatballs.  They are about the size of golf balls.  I tried to keep them uniform, but I noticed they kept getting bigger as I went.  😆

Rolling Meatballs

When all the meatballs are formed, put them in the preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Easy Oven Baked Meatballs

When the time is up, take the biggest meatball, cut it in half, and make sure it’s thoroughly cooked.  Mine was!  I ended up doing a quality control sample on this meatball, yum!

Oven Baked Meatballs

Making Savory Meatball Gravy Recipe

Now it’s time to make the savory gravy.  In a large saucepan with sides, melt the butter over medium heat.  When the butter has melted, add in the flour and whisk.  Cook the flour in a couple of minutes, this step makes the difference between wonderful gravy and pasty gravy.

Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

After the flour has cooked for at least two minutes, slowly add the beef broth.  Add some broth, whisk, the gravy will thicken, keep repeating until all the broth has been added to the pan.  Then whisk in the milk.  Cook and let the gravy thicken, whisking often.

Add 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, taste for salt and black pepper.  Add the (optional) dried parsley.  I also ended up adding a little dash of garlic powder to the gravy.

Gravy Recipe for Meatballs

Place the warm meatballs in the gravy.

Savory Meatballs and Gravy

Xtra Cheddar Cracker Meatballs

Here are separate printable recipes for the meatballs and the gravy.  Enjoy!

Cracker Meatballs Recipe

Xtra Cheddar Goldfish Crackers Meatballs

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Entrees
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion - chopped
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cup Xtra cheddar goldfish crackers - crushed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a large baking sheet (with sides) by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  • Place onions in a large microwaveable bowl, splash with a little water, cover bowl, and microwave for about a minute. Use a paper towel to removed water from the bowl. Fold the paper towel and wipe under the onions.
  • After onions have cooled down, add in crushed goldfish crackers, milk, and eggs. Stir to combine.
  • Next, add the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and ground beef.
  • Use your hands to combine all the ingredients.
  • Now it's time to roll the meatballs. Use a spoon or something that'll help you make meatballs about the same size, and shape the meatballs with your hands.
  • Transfer meatballs to the prepared pan.
  • Bake meatballs @ 400 for 20 minutes.
  • After meatballs are done cooking check the largest meatball by slicing in half, the meatball should no longer be pink in the center.
  • Serve with meatball gravy or your own favorite sauce.


Savory Gravy

This gravy tastes amazing on the Goldfish Cracker Meatballs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 teas Worchestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 teas Dried Parsley
  • 1 dash Garlic Powder (Optional)


  • In a skillet with side melt butter over medium heat.
  • When butter is melted add in the flour.
  • Cook flour, whisking constantly, for at least two minutes.
  • Gradually stir in beef broth. Add a little beef broth and whisk, the gravy will begin to thicken when it does add more beef broth. Continue whisking until all the beef broth had been added.
  • Whisk in milk and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add dried parsley and a dash of garlic powder.
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Monday 15th of May 2023

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Tuesday 24th of April 2018

I made this last night - DELISH!! I did saute onion in a little olive oil - but other than that I followed the recipe as stated.

Will be on my "what to cook for dinner" list

Amy Morris-Jones

Monday 2nd of May 2016

Just pinned this one for later! I don't know why those Goldfish sound so good, but I know this will be a hit with my kids as well as the rest of the family! Great idea!


Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

Thanks Amy! We really LOVED these meatballs. I need to make them again!

Mary Burris

Thursday 28th of April 2016

The goldfish seem like they would be a good extender for the meatballs. Had never thought of using them before. I can only imagine the extra cheesy flavor they provide.


Friday 29th of April 2016

The meatballs were amazing! I never used goldfish in meatballs before but I needed an "X" day post. Two of my kids have asked me to make them again.

Thanks for visiting Mary!

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