Easy Baked Meatballs Without Bread Crumbs (Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto)

Everyone loves these easy baked meatballs without bread crumbs. It’s a quick and easy dump recipe that’s perfect for weeknights or weekend meal prep!

Baked meatballs without bread crumbs in sauceHere’s a quick and easy baked meatball recipe without breadcrumbs. If your family loves Italian meatballs, this gluten-free recipe for you. Savory meatballs with garlic and Italian herbs smothered in a paleo and keto-friendly marinara sauce (from a jar!).

If you need a weekday meal in a hurry that’s not a lot of work, you will love this easy meatball recipe that cooks in the oven.

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Here’s what you’ll need

Butcher Box ground beef, herbs, eggs, almond flour

This is a simple dump recipe – no chopping or pre-cooking needed! Here are the essential ingredients:

  • Ground beef – we keep grass-fed ground beef from ButcherBox stocked in the freezer (you can read my review here). Pro tip: you can thaw ground beef in a bowl of cold water in about 30 minutes. Or if you’re planning ahead, just move it to the fridge to thaw the day before.
  • Almond flour – super-fine almond flour substitutes for bread crumbs in this recipe making it gluten-free, keto, paleo, and Whole30-friendly.
  • Herbs and spices – a combination of Italian or Mediterranean herb blend (I use my homemade herbs de Provence) plus extra oregano, garlic powder, and sea salt provide the flavor. Optional: add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes if you like it hot.
  • Eggs – the egg is the binder for this recipe and it’s what makes the meatballs stick together and hold their shape.

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How to make them

It couldn’t be easier to make these meatballs without bread crumbs. Just mix together the egg, almond flour, herbs, and spices in a large bowl. Then mix in the ground beef.

Use a large stainless steel scoop to get the meatballs all the same size. Then gently roll them to form a ball and set them in the pan.

Meatballs ready to bake in cast iron pan

Bake them until just cooked through. Then cover them with sauce and put them back in the oven to heat up the sauce.

Pouring sauce over meatballs in skillet

How to serve them

These meatballs are delicious served up by themselves, but here are a few different ways to accompany them:

Can you fry them?

Absolutely, brown the meatballs in a skillet with a little olive oil then add the sauce and simmer until cooked through.

Can you make turkey meatballs?

Yes, this recipe works with ground turkey with a slight modification. Since turkey has less fat, adding a small amount of diced cooked vegetables, like onions, peppers, or carrots, will help keep the turkey meatballs moist. Frozen mirepoix would be a good shortcut option here.

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