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Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe – Italian Style

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These gluten-free low carb meatballs were inspired by my readers. Making keto meatballs Italian style has been on my list for a while now, but several reader requests for an easy low carb meatball recipe brought it to life sooner than I planned for.

They are not quite no carb meatballs, but they are pretty close… and they taste just like the real thing!

Options for Low Carb Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Keto meatballs are actually not so different from regular ones. Whether you’ve made one kind or the other before, the basics are the same.

You just need meat, binders, seasonings, and moisture. Just like in a meatloaf. And, I’m happy to share my tips and tricks with you!

Here are the basic binder options that could be used in a low carb meatball recipe:

  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Flax seed meal (regular or golden)
  • Crushed pork rinds
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Ground sunflower seeds
  • Other ground nuts or nut meal

Not all of these will work the same way. Coconut flour will be very drying, for example.

I originally had this recipe made with golden flax seed meal, but now don’t recommend it. It can lead to a slightly slimy texture that can be off-putting for some people.

Instead, I recommend using a combination of Parmesan cheese and either almond flour or sunflower seed meal. The taste is identical with both, so it’s up to you. Almond flour might be a little easier to find, whereas sunflower seed meal is nut-free.

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe - Italian Style - If you're looking for an easy low carb meatballs recipe, Italian style, this is it! These keto meatballs take just 30 minutes to make, and are perfect for low carb dinners and appetizers alike.

Tips for How To Make Low Carb Meatballs

The best keto meatballs are tender and juicy and taste just like real ones! Use these tips to get just that.

Soak the dry ingredients in (some kind of) milk.

To make your keto friendly meatballs tender and juicy, soak the dry ingredients in your milk of choice. Use coconut milk beverage for nut-free or unsweetened almond milk otherwise. Heavy cream also works fine.

Letting everything soak for a few minutes before adding the meat goes a long way in improving the texture of your meatballs, so don’t skip that step! Not only does it let the flavors develop, it also lets the moisture soak into the dry ingredients more thoroughly.

Adding the meat last prevents overworking it by avoiding repeated mixing, which is also helpful in improving tenderness.

Don’t over-mix the meat.

If you do, you’ll end up with tough meatballs. Add the meat last and mix only until combined.

Form the keto meatballs gently.

You don’t want to pack the meat too much, or your low carb meatballs will be dense. A small cookie scoop is great for this.

If you use your hands instead of a scoop, make sure they are cold and lightly covered in oil. This prevents sticking and ensures that the fats in the meat don’t break down prior to cooking.

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe - Italian Style - If you're looking for an easy low carb meatballs recipe, Italian style, this is it! These keto meatballs take just 30 minutes to make, and are perfect for low carb dinners and appetizers alike.

Broil or pan fry for a golden top.

If you want your meatballs browned, you can lightly pan fry them or place them under the broiler. Take this into account ahead of time, taking them out of the oven a little early if you plan to broil or pan fry, so that you don’t overcook them at the end.

Low Carb Ways To Eat Meatballs

Looking for what to serve with keto meatballs? Here are a few ideas:

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe - Italian Style - If you're looking for an easy low carb meatballs recipe, Italian style, this is it! These keto meatballs take just 30 minutes to make, and are perfect for low carb dinners and appetizers alike.

How To Store Keto Friendly Meatballs

This keto meatball recipe is perfect for meal prep or making ahead, because they store very well. Toss ’em in the fridge for up to a week for quick keto dinners on weeknights.

To freeze these (almost) no carb meatballs, arrange them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. After that, you can transfer them to a freezer bag. To serve, they can go into the oven straight from the freezer.

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe - Italian Style - If you're looking for an easy low carb meatballs recipe, Italian style, this is it! These keto meatballs take just 30 minutes to make, and are perfect for low carb dinners and appetizers alike.

Reader Fave Keto Recipes

The recipe card is below! Readers also made these similar recipes after making this one.

  • Glass bowls – This set is perfect for keto meatballs… and a million other things.
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  • Baking sheet – This one has a silicone non-stick surface, so you can even skip the parchment paper or foil if you want to.

RECIPE CARD

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe - Italian Style - If you're looking for an easy low carb meatballs recipe, Italian style, this is it! These keto meatballs take just 30 minutes to make, and are perfect for low carb dinners and appetizers alike.

Easy Keto Low Carb Meatballs Recipe – Italian Style

This Italian-style gluten-free low carb meatballs recipe is so easy – just 30 minutes to make! They are keto, nut-free & make a perfect dinner or appetizer.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Recipe Video

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Ingredients

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Instructions

RECIPE TIPS + VIDEO in the post above, nutrition info + recipe notes below!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (grease if using foil).

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the grated Parmesan cheese, sunflower seed meal, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper.

  3. Whisk in the milk, grated onion, egg, garlic, and fresh parsley. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes.

  4. Mix in the ground beef using your hands, until just incorporated. (Don’t over-mix to avoid tough meatballs.)

  5. Form the mixture into 1 in (2.5 cm) balls and place on the lined baking sheet. (A small cookie scoop works well for this. If using your hands, use a gentle touch and don’t pack the meatballs too tightly.)

  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the meatballs are barely done. (If you want them more golden, you can place them under the broiler for a couple of minutes.)

  7. Top each meatball with marinara sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce is hot and meatballs are cooked through. Garnish with additional fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition info is based on using 85/15 ground beef, and may vary slightly depending on marinara sauce brand.

Serving size: 6 1″ meatballs

Video Showing How To Make Low Carb Meatballs:

Don’t miss the VIDEO above – it’s the easiest way to learn how to make Low Carb Meatballs!

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 324

Fat 22g

Protein 25g

Total Carbs 5g

Net Carbs 4g

Fiber 1g

Sugar 1g

Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.

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