Swedish Meatballs made in the Thermomix

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I’ve been drooling over all the pictures of Swedish meatballs which have been popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest. It seems like everybody is making these delicious meatballs! I wanted to try my hand at making them in the Thermomix so I trawled through the internet and combine a few traditional recipes. After making the Swedish meatballs using the traditional stove top method I wanted to convert the recipe for the Thermomix.

Swedish Meatballs Thermomix

Swedish Meatballs Thermomix

The traditional method means you need to stand over the frying pan to cook the meatballs and then you make a gravy with the pan juices. Standing over a frying pan in this heat was not very much fun but it did give the gravy a nice flavour.

Making the meatballs in the Thermomix was simple!  Meatballs become super moist and tender when they’re steamed in the Varoma but unfortunately, there aren’t then pan the juices to make a gravy.

Thermomix Swedish Meatballs

Thermomix Swedish Meatballs

To combat this small problem I’ve introduced flavour into the gravy with the addition of a few extra ingredients. I modelled the sauce from a recipe that was shared with me by a chef at a local restaurant. The restaurant has now closed but when we used to visit my husband would always have this dish because he loved the sauce. The owner was  German and he used to tease us that we would never guess his secret ingredient. He was right, I didn’t guess that the magic ingredient in the sauce was actually Vegemite. Only a little is used in the recipe, but it gives the sauce a savoury “lift”.

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

The results were delicious and happily making the gravy was completely “hands-free” in the Thermomix.

4.88 from 8 votes
Square image Swedish Meatballs on white background
Swedish Meatballs Thermomix Style
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These meatballs are a delicious main which can be served over noodles, rice or creamy mashed potato.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 350 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 150 g onion
  • 300 g beef mince
  • 300 g pork mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 120 g onion
  • 10 g garlic
  • 30 g oil
  • 40 g butter
  • 65 g plain flour
  • 500 g liquid beef stock
  • 100 g sour cream
  • 4 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 TBS fresh parsley Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp vegemite
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Add onion TM bowl. Blitz 4 sec/Speed 9

  2. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, egg, spices and breadcrumbs to the chopped onion. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5.

  3. Add the pork and beef mince to the ingredients in the TM. Combine 1 min/Knead dough setting.

  4. Remove the mince mixture from the TM bowl and roll into 35 meatballs.

  5. Place a layer of meatballs into the large deep Varoma tray.

  6. Make another layer of meatballs on the top Varoma steaming tray.

  7. Add 1000ml of hot water the TM bowl.

  8. Stack the Varoma steaming trays on top of the TM bowl. Steam 20min/105 Degrees/Speed 2.5.

  9. Reserve the cooked meatballs in the Thermoserver. Discard the water.

  1. Place onion and garlic to TM boil. Blitz 3 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Add oil to the onion. Saute 3min/Varoma/Speed 1.

  3. Add butter and flour to the onion mixture. Heat 3 min/Varoma/Speed 2.

  4. Reset the TM to 1min/100 degrees/ Speed 2. While the TM is operating pour 100mls of beef stock into the flour mixture via the MC.

  5. Add the remaining beef stock. Cook 3 min/100 degrees/Speed 3.

  6. Add sour cream, mustard, vegemite, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook 5 min/100 degrees/speed 4

  7. Pour the gravy over the meatballs.

  8. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Swedish Meatballs Thermomix Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I served the Swedish meatballs with a huge dollop of creamy mashed potato and some steamed green beans.  The mashed potato was made in the Thermomix and the green beans were placed in the internal basket and cooked whilst the meatballs were being steamed in the Varoma tray.

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20 thoughts on “Swedish Meatballs made in the Thermomix”

  1. Denise says:

    5 stars
    This is my new favourite recipe! They taste just link the IKEA meatballs!

  2. Simone says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Much better than standing over the stove stirring the sauce.

  3. Chris says:

    I don’t understand instruction 3 (meatballs). What are the remaining meatball ingredients? Thanks

    1. The two minced meats get added at step 3. I’ve re-written the step to save confusion. Thanks for your input 🙂

  4. Tracey says:

    5 stars
    I made mashed potato before I started the meatballs and instead of cleaning the bowl just left the last bit of mash in their and didn’t add the breadcrumbs. I didn’t have beef stock so I used 1 tablespoon of vegie stock paste in 500g water. Delicious! My fussy kids gave it a big thumbs up!

    1. Awesome! I’m so pleased the kids like the dish. Thanks for leaving the comment, it’s good to know you can make those substitutions. ????

  5. Sally White says:

    5 stars
    These were delicious ????Thanks for the recipe, a new family favourite!

    1. I’m so pleased your family enjoyed the recipe, thanks for stopping by ????

  6. Heidi Battley says:

    Hi Julie, could this be made with chicken mince?

    1. Hi Heidi,
      I’m sure it would be lovely with any type of mince, including chicken mince 🙂

  7. GirlFriday says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thanks for the recipe

    1. My pleasure, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the dish 🙂

  8. Eve says:

    Hi Julie,
    Do you think these would be ok with all beef mince! I’ve pukled out mince but don’t have any pork and don’t fancy a shop run!

    1. Hi Eve, yes it will be fine with just beef mince ? (its best to NOT use heartsmart mince or low fat) ?

  9. Hayley says:

    5 stars
    Totally delicious! Thankyou. I subbed coconut milk for sour cream and veg stock for beef. I also subbed out vegemite for braggs soy sauce. Plus i used more mince. Sauce is devine

    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂

  10. Rossemarie Avalos says:

    4 stars
    Hi! Can this be frozen? Thinking of the cream in the gravy. Thanks

    1. Yes, this recipe is fine for freezing 😊

  11. Leanne says:

    I made it, and thought the sauce tasted too much like last night’s Salmon Valoute meal, so I added half a tablespoon of something Indian, and it tasted great!
    Thanks for the recipe, the meatballs were good – even though I only had pork mince in the freezer – I’ll probably make the balls again 🙂

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