Hamburger Baked in Tomato Sauce

The recipe is another one from my Great Aunt who said she learned it from my Great Grandmother. The title is from her handwritten notes. Both women always had large gardens and planted many tomato plants. The recipe is probably German in origin.

The recipe is a great way to use up tomatoes if you have a lot of ripe ones in your garden. The few times I tried to add more seasoning to the recipe it didn’t turn out as well so I’ve left this recipe alone. That is not to say you couldn’t change it.

The family always served the meatballs and sauce over mashed or boiled potatoes. It could be served over noodles or rice. The recipe makes approximately six servings.



  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (torn up day old bread)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Mix the ingredients together and form into meatballs. Brown the meatballs in hot fat in a frying pan. Remove and place in a Dutch oven. Cover with the tomato sauce (see below) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. I usually cover the baking pan with a lid or with foil.

Tomato Sauce


  • 2 cups of tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Add the chopped onion and salt to the tomatoes. Cook for 15 minutes. Mix a small amount of water with the flour to make a paste. Add the paste to the tomatoes and cook another 15 minutes.


The meatballs were always browned in enough bacon fat to cover the bottom of the frying pan.

Add a little milk to the ground beef if it seems dry.


About dwittopinions

A great grandmother living in the middle of the United States. My interests include art, needlework, reading, history, politics, and cooking.
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