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36 Marvelous Recipes for Keto Meatballs

Louise Hendon | November 11
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Nowadays we all seem to lead hectic and challenging lives, yet we still need to eat a healthy and nutritious diet and get goodness into our families. Meatballs can help here by giving you protein-packed balls of flavor that the whole family will love.

So I present to you my list of 28 Marvelous Keto Meatball Recipes to give you a load of ideas for meals, lunchboxes and even party food. Many of the recipes are adaptable, can be made with other meats and some are so impressive you could use them for a dinner party!

You don’t have to stick to the traditional ‘spaghetti and meatball’ idea; just have a look and enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

If you want to start with traditional spaghetti and meatballs check out this video and then move for more inspiration:

Here are just a few of the Marvelous Recipes for Keto Meatballs we’ve included:

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Marvelous Ketogenic Slow Cooker Meatball Recipes

Keto Slow Cooker Rosemary Lamb Meatballs

– Keto Summit

slow cooker rosemary keto meatball recipeIngredients: ground lamb, olive oil, onion, white button mushrooms, diced tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, beef broth, salt, pepper, cauliflower mash.

Aren’t slow cooker recipes the best?! Just put all the ingredients in first thing in the morning then when you get home its ready! If you use canned tomatoes, the sauce will be rich and thick. Perfect to serve with cauliflower mash.

Keto Crockpot Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs

– Keto Summit

Keto Crockpot Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs

Ingredients: ground beef, olive oil, beef broth, basil leaves, pine nuts (or walnuts), garlic cloves, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, zucchinis.

This keto crockpot spaghetti and pesto meatballs recipe has flavor at every turn! The pesto really livens up what might otherwise be an ordinary meatball.

Paleo Italian Meatball Soup (crock pot)

– Beauty and the Foodie

Italian keto meatball soup recipe

Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: ground Italian sausage or ground beef, coconut flour, golden flax meal, tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, sea salt, chicken broth, tomatoes, uncooked bacon, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, carrot, onion.

Fancy a warming and satisfying soup after a busy day? Then this is the recipe for you. It is packed with Italian flavors and you end up with a wonderful bowl of delicious soup with beef and bacon meatballs to fill you. You might find it easier to roll the meatballs if you keep your hands wet o the mixture doesn’t stick to them.

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

– Kay Nutrition

Ingredients: grass-fed meat, mustard, egg, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, dried thyme, crushed chilies, spaghetti squash.

This is another fantastic recipe for Keto meatballs that gives you a really satisfying meal for the whole family. You can use beef or a mixture of pork and beef and add in any different herbs you like, but don’t leave out the Dijon mustard because it gives the dish a real depth of flavor. This is one of those dishes that can encourage the kids to eat healthier too!

Zucchini Noodle Slow Cooker Meatballs

– The B Keeps Us Honest

Ingredients: ground beef, spinach, onion, garlic salt, pepper, oil, pasta sauce.

If you are trying to avoid traditional pasta for health reasons, you may find zucchini noodles are a good substitute. You can either make them on a mandolin or invest in a Spiralizer to make them easier. Partnered with these tasty meatballs, they make a wholesome and filling meal for everyone to enjoy. Just remember to remove the liquid from the zucchini before cooking.

Marvelous Keto Turkey and Chicken Meatballs Recipes

Keto Turkey Meatballs with Mustard Coconut Cream Sauce

– Keto Summit

Keto Turkey Meatballs with Mustard Coconut Cream Sauce

Ingredients: ground turkey, fresh parsley, onion, egg, salt, pepper, avocado oil, coconut cream, mustard.

Meatballs are all very well and good, but they are only as good as their sauce. These Keto turkey meatballs with mustard coconut cream sauce won’t disappoint.

Asian Keto Chicken Meatball Soup

– Keto Summit

Asian Keto Chicken Meatball Soup

Ingredients: ground chicken, chives, fresh ginger, salt, pepper, avocado oil, chicken broth, star anise, fish sauce, green onions, fresh ginger.

This delicious Asian keto chicken meatball soup recipe will warm you right up on a cold winter’s day.

Keto Smokey Bacon Meatballs

– Keto Summit

Keto Smokey Bacon Meatballs

Ingredients: chicken breasts or ground chicken, bacon, egg, garlic cloves, onion powder, liquid smoke, avocado or olive oil.

These Keto smoky bacon meatballs are made with lean chicken and fatty bacon for the perfect tender meatballs that are both light and flavorful.

Keto Golden Chicken Bacon Fritter Balls

– Keto Summit

Keto Golden Chicken Bacon Fritter Balls

Ingredients: chicken breast, (or ground chicken), bacon, egg, green onions, garlic cloves, olive oil, almond flour.

Everyone in your household will love this keto golden chicken bacon fritter balls recipe!

Chipotle Dijon Turkey Meatballs (Contains Dairy)

– Slim Palate

Chipotle dijon turkey keto meatball

Photo Credit: Josh from Slim Palate

Ingredients: ground turkey, chipotle powder, garlic, mustard, cilantro, egg, grated parmesan, lime, avocado oil, salt, pepper.

Turkey is an excellent meat to use when making meatballs as it is much easier to digest than red meat and is full of protein. If you have never tried lime with turkey or chicken then I recommend you try it as it gives a wonderful zingy flavor to the meat. You can adjust the chipotle if you don’t like things spicy and if you don’t tolerate dairy you can miss out the parmesan.

If you’re new to avocado oil, it’s got lots of monounsaturated fats and antioxidant properties – just like olive oil.

Heart surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D. recommends it to his patients. “Avocados also have a rich, buttery texture that adds a creaminess to any dish that they’re added to.  And avocado oil is incredibly neutral tasting, making it easy to cook with.  Plus, it has a higher smoke point than olive oil meaning it’s safe for even high-heat cooking.”

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Meatballs (Contains Dairy)

– Peace Love and Low Carb

Buffalo blue cheese chicken keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Kyndra from Peace Love and Low Carb

Ingredients: ground chicken, Buffalo Wing Sauce, blue cheese crumbles, ribs celery, garlic, butter, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, green onions.

These meatballs are so tasty that they could be served as an appetizer for a dinner party. They go so well with the buffalo wing sauce which gives them a wonderful flavor. You can serve these as they are or with vegetable noodles for an even more filling meal. If you find it difficult to source ground chicken you can use turkey instead.

Meatballs with Ground Turkey, Garlic & Ginger

– Ketogasm

Keto meatball with ground turkey garlic and ginger

Photo Credit: Tasha from Ketogasm

Ingredients: ground turkey breast, almond flour, egg, onion, garlic powder, ground ginger, salt, coconut aminos, fish sauce.

Thanks to the fish sauce, garlic and ginger, these wonderful Keto meatballs have a lovely Asian flavor and would make a great midweek meal as they are quite quick to make. The almond flour is used here to give the meatballs their preferred lighter texture, but if you or your family have nut allergies you could use shredded zucchini to give a similar outcome.

Thanksgiving Meatballs

– My Heart Beets

You’ll be giving thanks for these keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets

Ingredients: ground turkey, celery ribs, onion, walnuts, egg, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, salt, black pepper, cayenne.

If you are missing those traditional Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and stuffing then this is the recipe for you! They have quite a decadent flavor because of the fresh herbs and would make perfect party food. If you would prefer to make this into a meal you can serve them with cauliflower mash and a rich turkey gravy. If you are serving these with cranberry sauce you can make your own or buy organic, ready-made sauce.

Low Carb Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (Contains Dairy)

– Peace Love and Low Carb

Low carb chicken parmesan keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Kyndra from Peace Love and Low Carb

Ingredients: ground chicken, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, fresh flat-leaf parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, mozzarella cheese.

Chicken Parmesan has now become a favorite in many restaurants across the world, so isn’t it great to have a healthy recipe that gives exactly the same flavor? With this recipe you do not need any binding ingredient, yet the meatballs still retain their shape once they are cooked. If these go down well with your family, why not batch-cook and freeze them for another day!

Chicken Nugget Meatballs

– I Breathe I’m Hungry

Chicken nugget style keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Ingredients: ground chicken, almond flour, egg, kosher salt, ground pepper, onion powder, celery seeds, fresh rosemary, paprika, coconut flour, garlic powder, paprika, oil.

Trying to get children to eat healthy food can be so challenging, but with food like this, even the pickiest eater will be willing to try them! The meatballs are soft and tasty and have a wonderful crunchy coating. Serve these with your family’s favorite dipping sauces for a mouth-wateringly good lunch, or use them as party food for a celebration!

Baked Chicken Meatballs – Habanero & Green Chili

– Ketogasm

Baked chicken keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Tasha from Ketogasm

Ingredients: ground chicken, poblano chili pepper, habanero pepper, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, salt, vinegar, olive oil.

This recipe is the perfect one if you like your food super-spicy! They are rich and tasty and really easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients and form into meatballs, then stick them in the oven! Once you have formed the meatballs, please remember to wash your hands carefully as the hot pepper can be transferred easily. If these are a bit hot for you, omit the habaneros and you will still have a good chili kick but without the fire.

Marvelous Ketogenic Beef Meatball Recipes

Keto Asian Meatballs with Dipping Sauce [Paleo, Dairy-Free]

– Keto Summit

Asian inspired keto meatballs with dipping sauce

Ingredients: ground beef, ginger, scallions, garlic, tamari sauce or coconut aminos, sesame oil (optional), egg, vinegar, spinach, basil, avocado oil.

With the traditional Asian flavors of garlic, ginger and tamari sauce, these lovely Keto meatballs would make a fantastic appetizer for an Asian-inspired dinner for friends. This is also a very versatile recipe as you can add in veggies, change the spices or even make them with different meats, and the dipping sauce goes really well with any meat or even with shrimp.

Keto Creamy Meatballs with Fried Cabbage [Paleo, AIP]

– Keto Summit

Creamy keto meatballs with fried cabbage

Ingredients: ground beef or other meats, garlic powder, egg, salt, black pepper, coconut oil, onion, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, coconut cream, cabbage.

Here is another great idea for a healthy and satisfying meal for the whole family! The creamy tomato sauce helps to boost the flavors of the meatballs and the fried cabbage is a good alternative as a side dish. This recipe would also work using other ground meats such as pork or turkey, so it can accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have to cater for.

Keto Meatball Pasta Bake

– Keto Summit

Keto Meatball Pasta Bake

Ingredients: ground beef, fresh basil leaves, fresh parsley, egg, salt, pepper, avocado oil, pepperoni or salami slices, diced tomatoes, onion, tomato sauce, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, zucchinis.

This zucchini “pasta” bake has everything you could possibly want; juicy meatballs, tangy tomatoes, salty pepperoni, and tender Keto noodles.

Easy Keto Pepperoni Meatballs

– Keto Summit

Easy Keto Pepperoni Meatballs

Ingredients: ground beef or chicken, pepperoni slices, egg, hot sauce (optional), salt, pepper.

These distinctively flavored meatballs would be a welcome addition to any game day feast or neighborhood potluck.

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce

– Paleo Flourish

Italian inspired keto meatballs with tomato basil sauceIngredients: ground beef, egg, olive oil, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes, basil, garlic.

Tomato and basil together is a wonderful match that gives this meatball dish superb flavor and makes it smell great too! Along with the Italian seasoning, they give the meaty morsels a real Mediterranean flavor and would be great served over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. If you can’t eat eggs, you can substitute some riced cauliflower.

Paleo Italian Spaghetti Meatball Bake

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Italian Spaghetti Meatball Bake

Ingredients: ground beef, fresh basil, fresh parsley, egg, salt, pepper, avocado oil, pepperoni or salami, diced tomatoes, onions, tomato sauce, garlic, zucchini.

While the spirit of old Italy is strong in this dish, it’s free of the grains you would find in a more traditional version. The added veggies are a bonus – it’s rich in both nutrition and flavor. It’s the perfect chilly-weather comfort food.

Thai Mini Meatballs

– Meatified

Thai flavored mini keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: Thai red curry paste, coconut aminos, fish sauce, egg, beef, almond flour, dried Thai basil, fresh cilantro, salt.

What a useful recipe this is! With its rich Thai flavors, aromatic basil and the fact that they are really quick and easy to make, they would be perfect as a starter for an Asian meal, a quick lunch or wonderful party food served with a dipping sauce. These little bites also make a great addition to a kid’s lunchbox or for you to take to work for an easy yet tasty midday meal.

Keto Paleo Bombay Meatballs With Sustainable Beef

– The Nourished Caveman

Bombay keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: coconut oil, garlic, red onion, ginger powder, cumin powder, Madras Curry powder, water, ground beef, sea salt, coconut cream.

These delicious meatballs are served in a rich and indulgent curry-flavored sauce and would easily make an impressive main for an Indian dinner party. The beef absorbs the curry taste as they cook and would be perfect served with cauliflower rice. If you don’t eat beef then lamb would be a great substitute, although it gives a milder flavor.

Paleo Liver Bacon Meatballs

– The Nourished Caveman

Liver and bacon keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: ground beef, beef liver, uncured bacon, egg, shallot or small yellow onion, cayenne pepper, coconut cream, sea salt, ground black pepper.

We all know how good organ meats are, but what to do about the metallic taste? Soaking the liver in apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to get rid of the iron-like taste and gives the liver a milder flavor, making these meatballs a great way to introduce more liver into the family’s diet. (ACV also has some awesome little-known health benefits!) Mixing in the bacon to the beef adds a richness to the flavor and helps keep the meat from drying out.

Sneaky Meatballs for Picky Eaters

– Cavegirl Cuisine

Sneaky keto meatballs for picky eaters

Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine

Ingredients: zucchini, carrot, tomatoes, garlic, bell pepper, ground pork, ground beef, sea salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, bacon grease or preferred cooking oil.

If you are like me and have veggie-dodgers for children, you might find this recipe comes in handy as a great way to get ‘hidden’ vegetables into them. This recipe also works with reluctant teenagers! You can add in whatever vegetables you have needing used up, and the meatballs freeze well for later. You can also pack this mixture into a loaf tin and make it into a meatloaf for lunchboxes and quick meals.

Keto Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce (Contains Dairy)

– Ditch the Carbs

Keto Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs

Ingredients: ground pork, ground beef, onion, garlic, eggs, salt, pepper, beef stock, cream cheese, mushrooms

This is a fantastic dish when you’re needing a little comfort food. These meatballs are great for the whole family and can be served with a side of cauli mash and some veggies, or just as they are for a snack.

Other Marvelous Recipes for Keto Meatballs

Keto Pizza Meatball Bites

– Keto Summit

Keto Pizza Meatball Bites

Ingredients: prosciutto or bacon, onion, ground pork (or chicken), black olives, basil leaves, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, pepper, Keto Pizza sauce.

These little meaty bites have all the flavors of a good pizza, but without all the nasty stuff! This is a fabulous way to make a tasty lunch with a dipping sauce, or as a main with vegetable noodles. However, if you make the meatballs into bite-size pieces, you can serve them as finger food for a party too. You will find that the bacon helps keep them moist and sumptuous.

Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs

– Keto Summit

Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs

Ingredients: ground pork, egg, garlic cloves, basil leaves, hot sauce, chili flakes, salt, pepper, olive oil, onion, tomato sauce, bell pepper, chili pepper.

If you’ve found yourself making the same dishes over and over again, look no further than this Keto spicy pork meatball recipe to get you out of a dinner rut.

Keto Greek Meatballs Salad

– Keto Summit

Keto Greek Meatballs Salad

Ingredients: ground lamb or beef, dried oregano, mint, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, olive oil, tomato, lettuce leaves, lemon, flat leaf parsley.

Mint is the star in this keto Greek meatballs salad recipe. It gives the meatballs their signature flavor, filling your kitchen with luscious smells as you cook!

Lamb Meatballs with Mint Gremolata

– I Breathe I’m Hungry

Keto meatballs made with lamb and mint gremolata

Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Ingredients: ground lamb, eggs, almond flour, fresh parsley, garlic, Za’atar seasoning, kosher salt, water, olive oil, fresh mint, lime zest.

We all know about roast lamb and mint sauce, so here is a different slant on the same flavors! Tender and tasty meatballs with a fresh mint gremolata, brought to life by the addition of the lime zest which brightens the whole flavor of the dish. You can serve this with spaghetti squash, cauliflower mash or whatever vegetable combination you prefer

Pesto Meatballs

– Savory Lotus

Pesto keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: fresh basil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, coconut oil or ghee, eggs, ground meat.

I had a party recently and served up these tasty little treats as finger food – gone in a few minutes! Good job I had doubled the recipe and had more in the refrigerator! They have a rich yet fresh flavor because of the basil and would also taste wonderful served in a tomato sauce. They are also adaptable and can be made using whatever ground meat you have. I used pork, but turkey or beef would work too.

Spinach Cilantro Meatballs

– Savory Lotus

Spinach cilantro keto meatballs

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: ground meat, onion, salt, herbamare seasoning, cumin powder, baby spinach, cilantro, egg.

Here is another great way to introduce more greens into the diet, and are even enjoyed by the younger members of the family! They make a fabulous main served with vegetable ‘pasta’, or with a sauce of your choice for a speedy lunch. These meatballs can be frozen for another day and are a great idea for breakfast or to put in your lunchbox.

Tuscan Meatballs with Carrot Pasta (Contains Dairy)

– Ditch the Carbs

Tuscan inspired keto meatballs with carrot pasta

Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs

Ingredients: butter, garlic, dried rosemary, canned tomatoes, ground/minced pork, bacon, spring onion, dried parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, egg, carrots.

In this recipe the egg will help to bind the meat mixture together and the bacon will keep the meatballs moist and tender. Served with a wonderful tomato sauce and poured over carrot pasta, this is a filling and nutritious meal to fill you up. If you want even fewer carbs in this dish, you can serve the meatballs over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, but the carrot strips are juicy and slightly sweet which adds a lovely flavor.

Salmon Balls

– Primally Inspired

Ingredients: salmon, shallot, egg, lemon, green onion, dill or basil, salt, pepper, oil to cook with.

For a wonderfully light alternative to meatballs, you can try these little bites of flavor! The canned salmon and herbs make a wonderful combination of flavors, and the salmon balls are so moist and soft on the inside that they could even make it onto your favorites list! Serve these on a green salad, in a ketogenic wrap or simply as they are with a homemade dipping sauce for a nutritious meal.

Moroccan Meatballs

– Melissa Joulwan

Ingredients: parsley leaves, paprika, ground cumin, salt, pepper, ground lamb, coconut oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, roasted pistachios chopped.

The spices used most in Moroccan cuisine are very aromatic and give their cooking a specific blend of flavor. Cumin and paprika do the trick in this recipe, adding earthy notes to the lamb. These would be a lovely main served with roast vegetables or cauliflower rice, or even on a bed of fried cabbage. In Morocco they use a lot of lemons in their cooking, so it might be nice to serve a lemon wedge with these too.

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Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.