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The Best Keto Meatballs Recipe

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These keto meatballs are moist, tender, juicy, perfect without any breadcrumbs or flour. Learn how to make low carb meatballs that are perfect for meal prep, served as appetizers and great to take to work. I provide instructions for oven baking meatballs, pan frying or air-fryier..

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Try some of the best keto meatballs and turn them into your favorite flavourful dish. Use your preferred method to cook the meatballs and then create great keto recipes around them. I like to serve them with marinara sauce and zucchini noodles.

Ground beef is such a versatile ingredient. I have so many favorite recipes using it as a main ingredient. Here are a few of them may love:

Ingredients for the Keto Meatballs:

The ingredients you’ll need for the keto meatballs are effortless to find and delicious. This recipe is versatile and basic. You can enhance the flavors by adding red pepper flakes, smoked paprika or oregano.

I stick with the more basic Italian version of these meatballs and used: ground beef, parmesan, eggs, garlic, onion, heavy cream (instead of milk), salt and pepper.

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground meat, 85 % lean such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey, veal or mix
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 small onion finely grated onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Keto Meatballs? Instructions

It’s so easy to make these meatballs. All you have to do is to combine all the ingredients with your hands and form beautiful meatballs. How to cook meatballs? Well, that’s up to you! Whether you chose to oven bake, fry them or use the Airfryer, I give detailed instructions for all the methods.

  1. In a bowl combine the beaten egg, salt, pepper, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic salt, pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the ground meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to incorporate the egg mixture into the meat. Try not to overwork the meat.
  3. Form about 12 meatballs. I use a scale (not mandatory!) and weigh my meatballs to make sure they are equal. This step helps the meatballs cook evenly.
form the meatballs
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Bake in the Oven Meatballs Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil or use a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place the meatballs onto the sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. The meatballs are ready when the outsides are brown.
  3. Serve the meatballs warm, topped with mozzarella or with Rao’s Marinara Sauce. Garnish with more freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!

How to make Meatballs in the Air Fryer?

  1. Start by lightly greasing the basket of the Air Dryer. Combine all the ingredients and form meatballs using your hands.
  2. Set the Airfryer at 350F and cook for about 13-14 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. I manage to fit all the meatballs in this recipe into my 6 QT Air Fryer.
  3. Serve the meatballs warm, topped with mozzarella, low carb tomato sauce, and zucchini noodles.

Fry the Keto Meatballs Method

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat add a few tablespoons of oil or bacon grease.
  2. Add meatballs and cook, occasionally turning until golden on all the sides (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

The Best Keto Meatballs Recipe

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword keto, low carb, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com
These keto meatballs are moist, tender juicy, perfect without any breadcrumbs or flour. Learn how to make low carb meatballs that are perfect for meal prep, served as appetizers and great to take to work. I provide instructions for oven baking meatballs, pan frying or air-frying.

Ingredients


  • 1 pound  ground meat 85 % lean such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey, veal or mix
  • large egg  beaten
  • 1/2  cup  parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4  cup  heavy cream
  • tbsp  fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 small onion finely grated onion
  • clove  garlic minced
  • 1/2  tsp  salt
  • 1/4  tsp  freshly ground black pepper

Serving Suggestions

  • Zucchini noodles
  • Mozarella
  • Rao’s Marinara Sauce

Instructions


  • In a bowl combine the beaten egg, salt, pepper, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic salt, pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the ground meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to incorporate the egg mixture into the meat. Try not to overwork the meat.
  • Form about 12 meatballs. I use a scale (not mandatory!) and weigh my meatballs to make sure they are equal. This step helps the meatballs cook evenly.

Bake in the Oven Meatballs Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil or use a silicone baking mat. Place the meatballs onto the sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. The meatballs are ready when the outsides are brown.
  • Serve the meatballs warm, topped with mozzarella or with Rao’s Marinara Sauce. Garnish with more freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!

How to make Meatballs in the Air Fryer?

  • Start by lightly greasing the basket of the air fryer. Combine all the ingredients and form meatballs using your hands.
  • Set the Airfryer at 350F and cook for about 13-14 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. I manage to fit all the meatballs in this recipe into my 6 QT Air Fryer
  • Serve the meatballs warm, topped with mozzarella, low carb tomato sauce, and zucchini noodles.

To fry the meatballs

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat add a few tablespoons of oil or bacon grease. Add meatballs and cook, occasionally turning until golden on all the sides (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

Notes

Store the leftover keto meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Make-ahead keto meatballs: You can shape meatballs a day ahead and keep them in the refrigerator.
Freeze uncooked meatballs: Prepare the balls through step 3, then arrange them in a single layer onto a baking sheet and freeze. Transfer them to a container and freeze for up to 1 month. Before cooking, thaw the meatballs in the refrigerator overnight.
Freeze cooked meatballs: Arrange the completely cooled meatballs in a single layer onto a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Thaw the frozen meatballs in the refrigerator overnight or thaw them directly from the freezer!

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
144kcal
Total Carbs
0.5g
Net Carbs
1g
Protein
11g
Fat
10g
Fiber
Sugar

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

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These keto meatballs are moist, tender, juicy, perfect without any breadcrumbs or flour. Learn how to make low carb meatballs that are perfect for meal prep, served as appetizers and great to take to work. I provide instructions for oven baking meatballs, pan frying or air-fryer. 0.5g carbs each meatball

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