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Gluten Free Meatballs

Gluten Free Meatballs are simple, healthy, and a delicious weeknight meal. Your family will love this recipe!

Yield: 4-6 servings (about 25 1-1/2 inch meatballs) 1x
Prep: 20 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (sub: ground turkey)
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk (your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup (preferably organic; tomato paste will also work)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (sub: 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed in hand

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Make It Now:

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Combine: Using clean hands, gently combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Roll: Scoop a heaping tablespoon of mixture per meatball, roll into 1-1/2 inch meatballs. Line up meatballs on the sheet pan, leaving room between each. You will end up with about 25 meatballs. 
  4. Bake: Bake for about 20 minutes or until no longer pink inside (160°F internal temperature).
  5. Serve: Optional: Serve with Marinara Sauce or Pesto Sauce on the side for dipping, over gluten free spaghetti with marinara, or on a Meatball Sub (use GF bread).

Freeze For Later: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Then, complete Steps 2 and 3. At this point, flash-freeze uncooked meatballs by placing on the sheet pan (or in a baking dish) in the freezer for about an hour or so. Once frozen, dump meatballs in a gallon-sized freezer bag, seal, and place in freezer.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw meatballs using one of these safe thawing methods. Cook according to instructions, beginning with Step 4.


Dairy-Free Version: Use more bread crumbs in place of the Parmesan cheese, plus add 1/4 teaspoon more of salt. You could also replace some of the bread crumbs with nutritional yeast, which can mimic the savoriness of Parmesan.

Where We Get Our Beef: We get our beef from ButcherBox. The beef is grass-fed and curated from trusted farms. We highly recommend this service to source healthy meat–like uncured bacon, chicken, and wild salmon–and have used it for years ourselves.

© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Method: Oven