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This Gluten Free Beef Meatball Recipe yields tender and flavorful meatballs, and it comes together easily for a delicious weeknight meal!

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Some meals are always saved for special occasions.

Usually if it’s just my hubby and I for dinner and pasta is on the menu, I whip up a quick tomato sauce with browned ground beef. Meatballs in my house usually mean a special occasion, mostly because I typically don’t take the time to make them.

But this recipe comes together fast enough to be weeknight-friendly, promise!

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Gluten Free Beef Meatball Recipe

I generally try to eat paleo-ish 80% of the time. Paleo-friendly beef meatballs have been on my list of things to make for a while now! And this Gluten Free Beef Meatball recipe is also low carb and keto-friendly.

Pro Tip: To make these meatballs low carb and keto-friendly, make sure to use keto-friendly tomato sauce.

What Can I Use Instead of Breadcrumbs for Meatballs?

Here almond meal replaces the breadcrumbs that are typically found in meatballs. Alternatively, you could use almond flour.

With garlic, onion, and Italian herbs, these meatballs are full of flavor.

In order to keep this full recipe paleo, be sure to look for a paleo-friendly tomato sauce or make a quick homemade version. And serve them on zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or another paleo option!

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How to Cook Meatballs

Instead of baking or frying these meatballs, I simmered them in tomato sauce! Not only does this eliminate an extra cooking step (and an extra dish to wash), but it also infuses them with even more flavor.

How to Serve Meatballs

Beef meatballs are made even better when served on a bed of something delicious.

And there are a ton of different ways to serve meatballs! Here are just a few ideas:

What Side Dishes to Serve with Meatballs:

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Gluten Free Beef Meatball Recipe

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
This Gluten Free Beef Meatball Recipe yields tender and flavorful meatballs, and it comes together easily for a delicious weeknight meal!

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  • For the meatballs, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine with your hands (being careful not to over-mix). Form the meat into 12 meatballs; place them on a plate and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients for the sauce to a medium-sized saucepan. Cover the saucepan and bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down to simmer.
  • Once the meatballs have chilled for 15 minutes, add them to the simmering sauce and cook 20 minutes. Leave the saucepan covered until the last 5 to 10 minutes so some of the liquid can cook off.
  • Serve the meatballs with pasta or any kind of spiralized vegetable “noodles” you like.


  • For the low carb and keto-friendly versions of this dish, use a keto-friendly tomato sauce.
  • These meatballs freeze well, and can be reheated in the sauce on the stovetop or in the microwave.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1485mg | Potassium: 1084mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Beef Meatball Recipe, Beef Meatballs, Gluten Free Meatball Recipe, Gluten Free Meatballs

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on November 4, 2015. I updated it with more information on April 23, 2020.

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About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Simmering the meatballs in the sauce adds so much flavor to both, We make them every week in the winter,

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