Microwave Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

Nothing is more delicious than an easy dish to make for the kids! These porcupine meatballs are great to make in a pinch and come with simple ingredients. You’ll love the subtle onion flavor of the meatballs and the rich tomato sauce to top. It’s sure to wow your kids when served with rice for a filling dinner!

The name of the dish is a fun play on words. Because of the meatballs’ rugged look, it is similar to the spiky appearance of a porcupine. Just don’t let your kids mistake that adorable animal with this scrumptious dish! The tomato sauce that comes with it is filling and flavorful – perfect to match with the meatballs. This dish is light in all aspects of flavor, making it the most toothsome dinner for your kids.

Our porcupine meatballs are delicious when topped on a bed of steamy rice. But they also go well with a lot of our recipes! Try topping these meatballs off with our flavorsome Mama’s Spaghetti. You can also try pairing this dish with a creamy plate of Just Like Outback’s Garlicky Mashed Potatoes. Either way, the kids are gonna love them and will ask for seconds. Serve it warm for your next quick dinner with the family, and enjoy!

Microwave Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

How To Make Microwave Porcupine Meatballs

An easy and tasty dish to serve at dinner with the kids! These porcupine meatballs are well-seasoned and submerged in a rich and creamy tomato sauce. Serve it with some warm rice for a belly-filling dish.

Prep: 15 mins
Chill: 1 hr
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr 25 mins


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 10½ oz condensed tomato soup, (1 can), divided
  • 1 cup long grain rice, cooked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp mustard

To serve:

  • 1 tbsp parmesan, grated
  • tsp parsley
  • 1 cup rice
  • cup vegetables


  1. Mix together the ground beef, half a can of the soup, rice, egg, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce until evenly incorporated.

  2. Set aside covered in a chilled area for at least an hour and allow the rice to absorb as much moisture as possible while the proteins firm up.

  3. Form roughly 2 ounces of meatballs using either spoon, your hands, or an ice cream scoop.

  4. Place these onto a microwave-safe dish of your choice and cover with wax paper.

  5. Microwave on High for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain any excess liquids as necessary then repeat until you have cooked all your meatballs.

  6. Mix the remaining can of soup, ketchup, and mustard for the sauce. Remove the wax paper and pour sauce on top of the meatballs.

  7. Microwave on High for 2 to 4 minutes to heat.

  8. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve warm with rice and vegetables.


  • Sugar: 7g
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  • Calcium: 70mg
  • Calories: 574kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 72g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 751mg
  • Protein: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 887mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 939IU
  • Vitamin C: 10mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What other meats can I substitute for ground beef?

Our porcupine meatballs are appetizing when used with ground beef. But you can definitely customize this by switching it up to ground pork or chicken. Though these two kinds of meats are considered lean, you’ll need to add more flavor to get that intense meaty taste in this dish. Ground turkey is also a delicious alternative for juicier meat.

Can I take out the rice from the meatball mixture?

The rice is there as an extender for your porcupine meatballs. However, if you are not keen on using rice – a great alternative would be oatmeal or breadcrumbs of your choice.

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The kids will absolutely love these porcupine-shaped little meatballs! Perfect to serve with some warm, white rice or to make for your spaghetti recipes. It’s delightful, versatile, and perfect to make when you’re in a hurry.
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