Meatballs may be a standard part of your weeknight dinner rotation, but if you're looking to switch it up some, swapping wild game in for your usual ground meat is a winning idea. These elk meatballs are tasty, easy to make, and are a good way to try something a little different for dinner or a party appetizer.

These baked meatballs take almost no prep time and just a short baking time. While the oven preheats, mix the ground elk meat, onion, breadcrumbs, minced garlic cloves, eggs, ketchup, salt, black pepper, and parsley together in a large bowl. It's important not to over mix the ingredients, so go easy.

Form the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet that you've sprayed with cooking spray. Place the sheet into the oven and bake until the elk meatballs are browned and cooked through, which should take a total time of about 15-20 minutes. To finish this fun meatball recipe, toss the baked meatballs in your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on toothpicks, or over egg noodles to make it a complete meal.

Elk Baked Meatballs 

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes



  • 1 lb ground elk
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce


Preheat your oven to 400ºF and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together the ground elk, onion, breadcrumbs, garlic, eggs, ketchup, salt, pepper, and parsley. Mix until just together, making sure not to overmix.

Form into 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake until browned and cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Pour the barbecue sauce into a large bowl and toss the meatballs in the sauce. Serve on toothpicks.


You can also serve this as a meal with egg noodles. Make sure to barely mix the meatball mixture. The more you mix, the tougher the meat becomes.

Perfect Pairing

Serve these Elk Baked Meatballs with Candy Corn Moonshine.

Nutrition Facts
Elk Baked Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 640mg 27%
Potassium 272mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 3%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.