Porcupine Meatballs

Ok so I got this “recipe” from my husbands cousin Amy Jo and it’s turned out to be our favorite. I’m gonna post two different recipes here. Both are very similar but one is an actual homemade version and the other is the rice-a-roni quick made recipe. 

Quick Porcupine meatballs

* 1 box of Beef Rice-a-Roni per pound of hamburger. 

Mix the burger with the rice until it’s all mixed really well, then shape it into meatballs. 
Then you fry em until they’re brown. 

Once that’s done, you sprinkle the seasoning packet over top of them & add the water that’s called for on the box of rice. 

Cover it with a lid & let it simmer until all the water is absorbed – maybe 20-25 minutes. They’ll swell up, and some of the rice will cook out of them & it makes like this gravy/slop that you have in the pan.

Homemade version of this recipe


1 Pound Ground Beef — lean

1/2 Cup Rice — uncooked long grain

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Onion – finely chopped

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper


1 can Cream of Celery or Mushroom Soup or Tomato Soup

3/4 cup water

Heat oven to 375°. In medium bowl, lightly mix together all meatball ingredients. Form mixture into 12 meatballs.

Place in 11 x 7″ baking dish.

In medium bowl, stir together all sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover; bake for 1 hour or until rice is tender.

BOTH RECIPES: serve with mashed potatoes and something green. We prefer green peas or green beans!