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.

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Swedish Meatballs Thermomix Style

Julie Carlyle
These meatballs are a delicious main which can be served over noodles, rice or creamy mashed potato.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 6 people
Calories 350 kcal



  • 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


  • Add onion TM bowl. Blitz 4 sec/Speed 9
  • Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, egg, spices and breadcrumbs to the chopped onion. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5.
  • Add the pork and beef mince to the ingredients in the TM. Combine 1 min/Knead dough setting.
  • Remove the mince mixture from the TM bowl and roll into 35 meatballs.
  • Place a layer of meatballs into the large deep Varoma tray.
  • Make another layer of meatballs on the top Varoma steaming tray.
  • Add 1000ml of hot water the TM bowl.
  • Stack the Varoma steaming trays on top of the TM bowl. Steam 20min/105 Degrees/Speed 2.5.
  • Reserve the cooked meatballs in the Thermoserver. Discard the water.


  • Place onion and garlic to TM boil. Blitz 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add oil to the onion. Saute 3min/Varoma/Speed 1.
  • Add butter and flour to the onion mixture. Heat 3 min/Varoma/Speed 2.
  • 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.
  • Add the remaining beef stock. Cook 3 min/100 degrees/Speed 3.
  • Add sour cream, mustard, vegemite, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook 5 min/100 degrees/speed 4
  • Pour the gravy over the meatballs.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve.


Calories: 350kcal
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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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33 thoughts on “Swedish Meatballs made in the Thermomix”

  1. Tracy Wilkinson says:

    5 stars
    Honestly one of my family favourites and easy to make. I use the TM6 for the meatballs and then pan fry and then remove, using the same pan make the delicious sauce. I add sautéed mushrooms and add spinach leaves to the end just before serving. Kids have mash potatoes and my husband and I have cauliflower rice or mash cauliflower. This is an extremely tasty and visually appealing dish and looks like its taken ages to make. Thanks Julie xx

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Tracy
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed this recipe 🥰
      It’s one of our favourite too!
      Love the mushroom suggestion! YUM!
      Happy cooking

  2. Sage Venn-Dennis says:

    Is this stilln just as good with just pork meatballs???

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Sage
      Yes pork would be just as good… maybe even better 🙂
      Happy Cooking

  3. Michelle Hardy says:

    5 stars
    Family fave already!!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      I’m so pleased Michelle
      J xx

  4. Cynthia Cole says:

    5 stars
    Made these on Thursday night and served with cranberry sauce. Very delicious. Froze the remainder of the gravy that I made for next time, as there will definitely be a next time. Thanks for a great recipe Julie.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Cynthia
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I love having leftover sauce in the freezer, it halves the cooking time for another meal.
      Happy cooking

  5. Pam Warburton says:

    5 stars
    I watched you making this wonderful dish, then completed it and ate it that night. Both my husband and I loved it and there was plenty left over for a second meal for us. The sauce was delicious and could be used on chicken or fish as well. 5/5 and a big thumbs up from us!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Pam
      I love having you join us for the cookalongs.
      Thank you so much for you lovely feedback.
      Happy cooking
      J xx

  6. Raelene Tarrant says:

    5 stars
    These Swedish Meatballs have been on my list to do for so long. Don’t know why I left it so long to give them a go. Added to my favourites now. The sauce is absolutely delicious. Being just two of us I had extras to freeze. Served with Mash potatoes, carrots and peas. Thank you for showing us this awesome recipe Julie.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Raelene
      Thank you so much for coming back and reviewing the recipe. I’m going to steam some green beans with my meatballs next time. Your Veges made me jealous 🙂
      Happy cooking

  7. Dellas says:

    5 stars
    NOM NOM NOM for my tum. These were amazing thank you for a easy mid week meal too

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Haha yes nom nom,
      My family totally agree. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe Dellas.
      Thank you for leaving a lovely comment. Made me smile 🙂
      Have a happy day.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. Rossemarie Avalos says:

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

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Yes, this recipe is fine for freezing 😊

  10. 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. Julie Carlyle says:

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂

  11. 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. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  12. GirlFriday says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thanks for the recipe

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  13. Heidi Battley says:

    Hi Julie, could this be made with chicken mince?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  14. Sally White says:

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

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  15. 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. Julie Carlyle says:

      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. ????

  16. Chris says:

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

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  17. Simone says:

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

  18. Denise says:

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

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