how many eggs per pound of ground beef

However, as a general rule of thumb, for every pound of ground beef, you can use 1 to 2 eggs to bind the ingredients together and add moisture to the meat. For hamburgers, a common ratio is 1 egg for every 1 to 1.5 pounds of ground beef. This will help bind the meat together and keep the burgers moist.

If you are planning a party or event for a large group of people, you should have some meatballs on the menu. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Meatballs are one of the best things to serve for a large crowd.

How many meatballs do you need for 50 people? That depends on a few different factors. I’ll explain that to you in this article.

I’ve been in the catering business for a long time and I love when people order meatballs for their parties. I think meatballs are the best food for a large gathering.

How To Serve Meatballs for 50 People

The good thing about serving meatballs at a party is that all of the work is done during the prep time. Once the meatballs are made, serving them is easy. But you have to make sure you do it the right way.

I think the best way to go on from here is a recipe I shared a few days ago: “How to Cook Meatballs on the Stove in Sauce.”

Assuming you have a tomato sauce already made, you want to get it heated up.

Put your tomato sauce in a pot. Place it on the stove and turn it on high heat.

When the sauce starts to boil, add your meatballs to the sauce and turn the stove down to medium heat. Allow the meatballs to simmer in the sauce for about 30 minutes to absorb all of the flavor of the sauce.

When you are ready to serve, place the meatballs and the hot sauce in a chafing dish or crockpot on low heat.

The meatballs are ready to be served!

How To Make Meatballs for 50 People

This recipe is for baked meatballs. It’s one of the best meatball recipes for a large crowd because you can cook many meatballs at a time.

Get a very large bowl that is big enough to fit all of the meatball ingredients. If you don’t have a mixing bowl large enough, you can mix the ingredients in separate batches.

Start mixing everything together so all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the ground meat. For the best results, use your hands to do the mixing. I think you can make a really good meatball mixture with your bare hands. Just make sure you wash them first.

When everything is mixed together it’s time to form your meatballs.

As I said in other posts and above, the size of the meatballs is totally up to you. I usually make them with a 2-ounce cookie scoop or 2-ounce ice cream scoop, and they end up being about 2 inches in diameter.

Get a large baking sheet or sheet pan and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. For the best results, if you use aluminum foil, spread some olive oil on the bottom of the pan so the meatballs don’t stick while they cook.

Place the meatballs on a single layer, without overcrowding them. This will allow them to form a nice crust and become golden brown on the outside.

Bake the meatballs at 400° F for 20-25 minutes.

Now, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Check the meatballs with a meat thermometer to make sure they are 165 degrees in the middle. If they are, take them out and let them rest for 15-20 minutes.

When the meatballs are cooled off you can take the finished product and freeze them for the future. Just place them in freezer bags or an airtight container first.

You can also store them in a refrigerator or put them right in a pan of tomato sauce.

How to Figure Out How Many Meatballs You Will Need

The number of meatballs you will need at your event depends on the size of the meatballs you are serving.

When planning a large dinner, the standard main course serving size is 6 ounces of meat per person. This is based on what the average person will eat at the event.

A quick guide to figure out how many meatballs you need is as follows:

If you are serving 2-ounce meatballs you should plan on having 3 meatballs per person. Therefore, for 50 people you will need 150 2-ounce meatballs. These will also be 2-inch meatballs or the size of a golf ball. This size makes the perfect meatballs if you are serving as a main dish.

If you prefer to serve large meatballs, the number of meatballs you need to prepare will be different. You don’t want to make them too big because they won’t soak up all the flavors of the sauce and they could be dry.

I believe that 3-ounce meatballs are on the larger side, but are still a good size to serve at a catered event. Based on the rule of thumb regarding 6 ounces of meat per person, you will need 2 meatballs per person or 100 meatballs for 50 people.

If you are serving meatballs as appetizers you probably want to make small cocktail meatballs. The best size for appetizers are usually 1-inch meatballs. When I cater an event I measure out 1-ounce meatballs for this purpose. Since this is not going to be the main course, I calculate 3 small meatballs per person. Therefore I would make 150 one-inch meatballs for 50 people.

If you are making 1-ounce meatballs for a main course you should make 6 meatballs per person. If you have some big eaters at the party I suggest making 6-10 bite sized meatballs per person.

As you can see, the number of meatballs you need depends on their size.

It is safe to say that no matter what size meatballs you make, you will need between 18 and 20 pounds of meatballs for 50 people.

If you are buying frozen meatballs for your event, it’s still easy to figure out. If the meatballs come in a 5 pound bag, you will need 4 bags of frozen meatballs.

If they come in a 1 lb bag you will need to get 20 bags.

On the other hand, if you want homemade meatballs at your event I am going to share a delicious meatball recipe with you. It’s designed to make enough meatballs for 50 adults to have as their main course.

However, as a general rule of thumb, for every pound of ground beef, you can use 1 to 2 eggs to bind the ingredients together and add moisture to the meat. For hamburgers, a common ratio is 1 egg for every 1 to 1.5 pounds of ground beef. This will help bind the meat together and keep the burgers moist.

FAQ

How many eggs equal one pound of meat?

There are a few rules about traditional meatloaf recipes: You need binders to hold the loaf together. Eggs are an obvious choice (I like 1 egg per pound of meat). Bread crumbs, rolled oats, or a panade help too.

Do you add egg to ground beef for burgers?

Instructions for How to Make Ground Beef Patties for burgers: In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, 1 egg, and a generous amount of salt and pepper to season (half tsp each). Egg is a burger binding agent for the ground beef patty. Divide the well mixed beef into four equal round balls and form into patties.

Can you put too much egg in meatloaf?

Eggs bind the mixture, add flavor and increase browning, but too much egg will make a meat loaf tough and rubbery. Use about one egg per pound of meat. If using pork sausage, skip the egg. Milk adds flavor and moisture and helps distribute the seasoning throughout the mass.

How many burgers will 1 pound of ground beef make?

If you’re making the patties yourself (to save money or because you love making burgers), assume four burgers per pound of meat. For 120 burgers you’ll need 30 pounds of ground beef. In addition to the meat, don’t forget to get the right amount of buns and condiments for the party.

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