Meatballs – Low Carb

Low Carb Meatballs

I’m not kinda doing low carb right now; I’m seriously doing it.  So even though meatballs are generally considered low carb, I didn’t want to use bread crumbs or my usual instant potato flakes in my meatball recipe.

Of course, pasta is off limits, but that’s what spaghetti squash is for!

This meatball recipe is grain free and uses more beef than my old recipe.  We’ve been eating local grass fed beef for a few months now, and I highly recommend it.

Making meatballs can seem like a lot of work, but it’s pretty easy and doesn’t take as much time as you might think.  Meatballs are a great way to dress up dinner and please the kids.  Like my other meatball recipe, these meatballs are baked, not fried, but you could certainly fry them if you want.

Meatballs - Low Carb
Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (or gf soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  3. Mix all ingredients together well. I use my KitchenAid mixer on low.
  4. Form the meat into 1½ inch balls and place in the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are done in the center.

 




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Comments

  1. I never dreamed of using almond flour instead of bread crumbs. I made meatballs last week and used a “chia egg” instead of a real egg and it worked beautifully. I can’t wait to try this.
    Thanks!

  2. These look great. To you, they’re low carb but to me they’re grain-free. I’ve been planning to make meatballs in the near future.

    • Hi Shannon. I used the term low carb for these because I usually use instant potato flakes in place of bread crumbs. So my meatballs are always grain free, but I didn’t want the carbs from the potato flakes. :) Either way, I’m glad they work for you!

  3. Almond flour is the great “equalizer” when going from gluten free to low carb/paleo/grain free. I’ve used it many times to make meatballs and meat loaf. We love it. These look delish, Linda! And you’re right … spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles are the solution to the pasta “problem”. ;-)

    Shirley

  4. Is there another kind of flour I could use besides almond flour? Or if I wasn’t doing low carb, would I be using bread crumbs? I’ve never made meatballs myself before, so I’m not sure what ratios to use or if I could use an all-purpose flour or what? I’ve been GF for a while now, but I don’t usually cook my own food/cook from scratch. I’m trying to eat healthier now so I’m backing away from prepared/frozen food, so I don’t know what replaces what yet. Any help appreciated!!

  5. Amanda says:

    I just made these with golden flax seed meal instead of almond flour, delicious!

  6. I’m having a busy Sunday. The Husband, who only makes smoothies, asked if he could help with the cooking for the week. I gave him this recipe. :) If he can make this, anyone can! :) Thanks for the simple recipe. Husband proof and looks delicious! :)

  7. Ok, that was a ton of smileys! :)

  8. Charity says:

    Could this work with ground turkey?

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