Low Carb Keto Meatballs that are tender, flavorful, and use minimal ingredients. You are going to love how quickly these keto meatballs pull together.
You can make these low carb meatballs in an oven or a slow cooker!
Just make sure to save room for dessert. These Low Carb Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect.
We adapted the recipe for these Low Carb Meatballs from this Gluten-Free Meatball Recipe on our other site.
With only a few tweaks, we were able to not only ensure it was still gluten-free but now these keto meatballs can be enjoyed by anyone on a low carb diet.
We have a couple of options for making these Low Carb Keto Meatballs so be sure to check them out and make which one works best for your lifestyle.
I am working on a Keto Marinara Sauce. When I get it finished I'll update this post but until then Keto Pizza Sauce goes really well with these meatballs.
Why you'll Love these Keto Meatballs
First off, the flavor of these keto meatballs is insanely delicious. These low carb meatballs are packed with healthy ingredients and savory spices, so the flavor is truly out of this world.
Second, these keto meatballs are simple to make and they use minimal ingredients. Also, these meatballs work with all types of sauces like BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, and cream based sauces.
They also store really well, which we share more about below. They are truly a perfect meatball and they can be made by anyone.
These low carb meatballs work as a keto appetizer and a keto meal!
What meat do you use to make keto meatballs?
For this low carb meatball recipe you can use beef, chicken, or turkey. They all work beautifully and if you'd like you can use a combination of meats.
The key is in the fat content of the meat you are using. Chicken and turkey tend to be leaner, so you’ll want to use a 93% – 98% lean beef to make these keto meatballs.
Dairy Free Keto Meatballs
If you can’t have dairy you can always leave the Parmesan out or substitute in your favorite dairy-free cheese.
The Parmesan adds to the flavor and texture but these low carb meatballs will still be tender and flavorful without it.
Ingredients to Make Low Carb Meatballs
Ground beef - You can also use ground pork, or ground chicken, or ground turkey, or a combination of proteins. When we make up a double batch of keto meatballs, we like to mix two different proteins.
Parmesan cheese - Fresh grated is better, in our opinion, but you can use store bought grated parmesan.
Salt - For flavor and to enhance the other flavors.
Pepper - For flavor. Use as much or as little as you like.
Onion Powder - For flavor. Make sure you're using onion powder, not onion salt.
Garlic Powder - For flavor. Make sure you're using garlic powder, not garlic salt.
Dried Parsley - We recommend using dried parsley but you can add fresh chopped parsley if you like.
Egg - Don't leave this out! It helps hold everything together and adds more fat and protein.
You could also use dried gluten free bread, if you don't need to keep these strictly keto.
For a list of quantities, please see the recipe card below.
How to make Low Carb Meatballs
You guys are going to think I’m ridiculous, but it only take five easy steps to make gluten-free meatballs.
- Preheat your oven and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all the ingredients in one bowl.
- Roll the mixture into balls.
Yeah, it’s that easy. And it’s less expensive than buying the same amount of low carb meatballs at the store. Please do yourself a favor and give this low carb keto meatball recipe a try next time you are craving them.
Freezing Keto Meatballs
If you are going to freeze some of these low carb meatballs, you'll want to bake them first. After they bake, let them cool to room temperature, and then freeze them in a airtight container.
They should stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months, depending on the conditions of the freezer.
When you are ready to enjoy these low carb meatballs, you can reheat them like you would any other frozen cooked meatball, at room temperate, in the fridge overnight, or in an oven or microwave.
We recommend not adding any sauce to these keto meatballs until you're ready to enjoy them.
Low Carb Meatballs in a Slow Cooker
We love serving easy low carb meatballs at parties and BBQ’s. Sometimes we toss them in a slow cooker and let them cook in our favorite sauce – one jar of a keto friendly marinara sauce + one jar of salsa.
Here’s what you need to do to cook keto meatballs in a slow cooker.
Pour 28-32 oz of your favorite keto friendly tomato based meatball sauce (or 1 jar of keto friendly marinara sauce + 14 oz. of your favorite salsa) into a slow cooker.
Tuck each meatball into the sauce, making sure that they are submerged. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
Not all slow cookers are created equal, so please check to make sure that the internal temperature for the meatballs is at least 160F, or that you can’t see any pink.
You can keep these low carb meatballs warm on the warm setting, just make sure to give them a stir before you serve them.
What to serve with Keto Meatballs
Keto Brussel Sprouts - We love brussel sprouts, and we love serving them with high protein meals even more. These parmesan roasted brussels are perfect with meatballs. You can bake them in the oven at the same time, saving time in the kitchen.
Keto Broccoli Salad - This broccoli salad is super simple to make and it's incredibly delicious with these low carb meatballs. Together they make a wonderfully balanced meal with lots of healthy fats and protein, while keeping the carb low and the fiber still relatively high.
Keto Cornbread - If you serve these keto meatballs with a keto vegetables, you might also want to add in some "cornbread". While this recipe doesn't actually use corn, the combination of flavors is as close to the real thing as you're going to get.
Keto Stuffed Mushrooms - A super simple recipe for cheesy, savory, delicious keto stuffed mushrooms. These mushrooms can be baked at the same time as low carb meatballs, and they have the perfect flavors to round out your meal.
If you drink wine, you can enjoy these with most red wines. Every time I make these meatballs it reminds me of the red wines I taste tested at the Wineries in Madison Ohio. So good.
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- 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef (or pork, chicken, or turkey)
- ¼ cup almond meal (or an additional ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese)
- ¼ grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 egg
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Line a 13x9-inch baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Shape meatball mixture into 24 (1 ½-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs 1 inch apart on your baking sheet.
- Bake uncovered for 18 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- Serve warm with your favorite keto friendly sauce.
- Slow Cooker Option: Pour 28-32 oz of your favorite keto friendly tomato based meatball sauce (or 1 jar of keto friendly marinara sauce + 14 oz. of your favorite salsa) into a slow cooker. Tuck each meatball into the sauce, making sure that they are submerged. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
- Dairy-Free Option: If you can't have dairy you can always leave the Parmesan out or substitute in your favorite dairy-free cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g
These macro's include using almond flour but do not include the keto friendly marinara sauce. Please check your ingredients nutritional information for an actual count.