Costco Kirkland Signature Italian Style Beef Meatballs Review

A super convenient product!

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.

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My favorite dinners at home are quick, easy, convenient and full of protein. I’m always looking for new protein options other than chicken and ground turkey which is what we normally eat. This is why I decided to buy the massive bag of Costco Kirkland Signature Italian Style Fully Cooked Beef Meatballs.


These aren’t as good as homemade meatballs and do taste slightly processed but they’re still quite tasty. They’re soft and pretty moist on the inside and I didn’t have any weird or hard chunks in my meatballs that made me wonder what I was eating. They do get a little crispy on the outside when cooked but I kind of like that so it doesn’t bother me. The Costco Kirkland Signature Italian Style Beef Meatballs taste quite salty and are very seasoned with salt and spices. I actually found them to taste spicy. Even my husband who loves heat and spice pointed out that these tasted a little spicy to him too. This is disappointing because I feel like the spice makes the meatballs a little less versatile. I wanted to use these meatballs to make my mom’s mushroom meatball recipe but I fear the spice wouldn’t go well with the mushroom sauce. I enjoyed the taste of the meatballs but wasn’t exactly blown away.

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I originally didn’t want to buy these because I felt the cost was high, I decided to bite the bullet and pay the $24.99 Canadian for the meatballs (not on sale). This bag of meatballs is actually HUGE and will last us many meals, so when I consider how many meatballs I’m getting and how many meals this will last for my husband and me, the price doesn’t seem all that bad. I know I’m definitely paying a little more for convenience but in my opinion, the cost is worth it and is quite reasonable.


OHHH YES! I love how convenient these are. I just microwaved these for pasta and they were perfectly cooked and delicious. Not dry, not shriveled up. I’m not even going to consider trying to cook them the other methods the bag lists. Not only is cooking these convenient, it’s so nice to have a bag of these in your freezer for those times you need a quick meal and are lacking a protein. You could use these in soups, pasta, with mashed potatoes, even in a casserole. I will say that if you don’t have a deep freeze and just have a small freezer you might find this giant bag takes up much of your freezer.

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These aren’t gluten-free or dairy-free. Five meatballs is 180 calories, 10 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein and 590 mg of sodium. These are definitely slightly high when it comes to the amount sodium. If you decide to eat 10 meatballs you’re looking at over 1000mg of sodium. If you’re just eating five, the calories and fat aren’t bad. I’d love it if there was just a tad more protein in five meatballs. A positive about the meatballs is the first ingredient listed is ground beef!

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I would buy these again for convenience sake but not necessarily taste or nutrition, they’re tasty enough for me to want to go back to for easy, convenient dinners.

Cost: 7.5/10

Convenience: 9.5/10

Nutrition: 5/10

Taste: 7.5/10

I’m looking for ways to use these other than with pasta – any recipes or ideas?

4 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Italian Style Beef Meatballs Review”

  1. As my friends and family know, I am a huge Costco and Kirkland fan. However; I no longer buy these as I find they have a soft “Spongey” texture – I have tried other brands and although the cost is more they texture and flavor is better.

  2. Many have commented Kirkland meatballs are not very good. Our entire family didn’t care for them even after slow roasting in homemade bbq sauce they tasted like someone poured charcoal lighter fluid on them and maybe used that liquid smoke product. Didn’t taste Italian at all. I’m surprised anyone’s buys them a second time. Perhaps they have a limited pallet. I also agree they’re spongy and taste processed. Unfortunate for a product line that is typically good.

  3. You’re eating poison and you don’t give a damn. The only thing you can think about is convenience and paying as little as possible to feed yourself and your equally unconscious husband. Pitiful. Just look up at the photo of the gawd-awful list of ingredients. You probably don’t know what half that stuff is. If you want to feed yourself and hubby well on a slim budget, buy a few bags of dried legumes each week. Sprout a few for an extremely high fresh nutrient boost to your diet; soak and simmer the rest to make countless bean, lentil and split pea dishes. You will eat well, have better energy, a better sex life, and fewer and less severe degenerative diseases during your paltry time on Earth.


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