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Meatballs and Gravy over Rice – An Easy Recipe the Whole Family will LOVE

If I can be 100% honest with you guys right now, family mealtime is ROUGH lately. My kids eat a wide variety of things, and for that I am proud, but the chances that everyone is hungry at the same time and then feeling like eating what I serve is pretty rare. There is at least one child every night that picks at his dinner and then is hungry a few hours later. It happens. I cook, we eat, and I move on, but I do try to incorporate meals that I know my kids will love. I always try to serve meat, some sort of carbohydrate, and fruits and/or veggies. Meatballs are always a hit with kids, for some reason. That’s why this recipe for Meatballs and Gravy over Rice is a hit with our family.

meatballs and gravy over rice better than bouillon

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This recipe is simple and ready in about 30 minutes. Cook your rice, roll out your meatballs and cook them, and make a delicious cream gravy that is fail-proof and delicious with Better Than Bouillon. This recipe could be made in five different flavors with the variety of Better Than Bouillon bases seen below. I used Roasted Beef Base, but it would be equally delicious with Roasted Garlic, Chili, or Seasoned Vegetable Base. You could also use Roasted Chicken Base, which would also work well with ground chicken or turkey meatballs.

Better Than Bouillon is my secret weapon to making dishes taste flavorful and delicious without the extra effort. It’s a little shortcut that makes everything taste like they were made completely from scratch.

meatballs and gravy over rice better than bouillon

All you need is about a teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon base and 8 oz of water to make your food taste incredible. A little goes a long way and these little jars will last a long time! Better Than Bouillon is a paste concentrate that is equivalent to a bouillon cube or broth. It can be used to make a basic stock, broth or as a marinade to add flavor to recipe. I prefer the base to cubes or broth because the base lasts longer in the fridge than broths and they dissolve well, unlike cubes.

meatballs and gravy over rice better than bouillon

This gravy recipe can be used not only for this meatballs and gravy over rice recipe, but for roast beef with gravy, steak tips and gravy, and more. You can even use frozen meatballs with gravy and it will turn out SO delicious!

meatballs and gravy over rice better than bouillon

The rice and meatballs with gravy cook well alongside each other and neither need a lot of effort. 

Try this recipe for pineapple teriyaki meatballs!

What goes with meatballs for dinner?

I paired this meal with a bowl of fresh green grapes and it was a hit! Other side items that we have made with this meal are salad, cucumbers, pickles, toast, sugar snap peas, and more. It’s a versatile meal. Serve a delicious dessert afterwards, like these yummy Coconut Brownies, and it’s a well rounded meal! And if you are just a lover of rice, check out my 15 Minute Instant Pot Mexican Rice!

meatballs and gravy over rice better than bouillon

Meatballs and Gravy over Rice

Meatballs and Gravy over Rice

Meatballs and Gravy over Rice

Easy dinner time recipe, made with Better Than Bouillon base.


  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base
  • 8 oz water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups rice, cooked according to package directions


  1. Add salt and pepper to hamburger meat and mix well with hands.
  2. Roll out meatballs, each about the same size so they will cook evenly.
  3. Place meatballs in a skillet that has been preheated to medium-high heat.
  4. Cook meatballs for 5-10 minutes, making sure they aren't sticking by moving them around in the skillet, but not turning them over quite yet.
  5. After the bottoms are cooked, turn them all over and cook an additional 5-10 minutes. 
  6. When most of the red is gone (cut through a meatball if you are in doubt,) remove all meatballs from the pan.
  7. Mix together the Better Than Bouillon base and 8 oz of water. Add the flour and BTB mix to the skillet and stir.
  8. When the flour has mixed in well, add in the milk and stir. Bring to a slight boil, stirring continuously.
  9. Add the meatballs back in and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  10. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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Wednesday 5th of July 2023

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Maree C

Monday 7th of December 2020

Thanks Gena, I did these earlier this evening. I added a few herbs to the meatballs and they were delicious on a bed of rice. We had snap peas on the side. Superb!


Monday 7th of December 2020

sounds delicious!!

Whole30 Meatballs and Gravy over Riced Veggies

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

[…] and I are on our second round of Whole30 (day 16 to be exact!) and I have been craving meatballs and rice! Luckily, meatballs are Whole30 approved and rice, well, some genius someone invited cauliflower […]


Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Loved this. Added a few more spices and some bread crumbs and fresh Italian parsley to my meatballs and doubled the gravy and added green onion and garlic in the pan with the meatballs. I then built up the gravy. Yummy over rice with a sprinkle of green onions to dress it up and add a little extra flavor. Thank you!!!!!!!


Friday 28th of May 2021

Oh yea you know how to add some flavor! Love it!


Thursday 24th of January 2019

Sounds good!!

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