Glazed Meatballs or Meat Loaf

Cracked wheat is whole berries, that have been broken into coarse, medium and fine fragments. It can easily be added to many recipes. Add cracked wheat to top-quality meats for tasty meatballs or meat loaf.

Prep Time: 2 hours
Bake Time: 45 minutes (loaf) or 35 minutes (meatballs)
Yield: makes 36 meatballs


1 cup cooked cracked wheat
1 pound extra lean (9% fat) ground beef
½ pound lean ground turkey, sausage, or pork
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 beaten eggs
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 ¼ cups packed bread crumbs (whole wheat)
2 teaspoons dried minced onion 


½ cup ketchup
3 tablespoons molasses or brown sugar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  1. To cook wheat, add ⅓ cup cracked wheat to ⅔ cup water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. 
  2. Combine all ingredients; mix well. Shape into 1 ½-inch balls or shape in 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Spread glaze over top. 
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake meatballs 30 to 35 minutes. Bake meat loaf at 350°F 40 to 45 minutes, or until done. 

Nutrition information per meatball, using extra lean (9% fat) ground beef, lean ground turkey (8% fat) and low sodium tomato sauce: 63 cal, 2 g fat, 21 mg chol, 91 mg sodium, 6 g carbo, .4 g fiber, 5 g pro, 5 mcg folate. 

Note: Sodium may be reduced by using ground beef instead of sausage. Reduced-sodium tomato sauce and ketchup may also be used.

Tip: use food processor to make fine bread crumbs.