Low Carb Meatballs- Chicken or Beef

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This is the only low carb meatballs you will ever need! Perfect for chicken or beef and can be used with any sauce you like. No pork rinds and still Keto approved! A great low carb appetizer OR meal!   The below recipe was used to make buffalo style chicken meatballs, however the purpose of the recipe to be used as a BASE MEATBALL recipe that can be used with ground chicken, beef or pork and paired with any sauce or seasonings you wish! 

low carb meatballs

Low Carb Meatballs

I made mine into buffalo meatballs, as I wanted a kick of spice. Almond flour meatballs are crazy easy to make, and will curb those cravings. Try these meatballs with my low carb bbq sauce!  

Low Carb Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs Or Pork Rinds

If you follow the keto way of eating or a low carb diet you know meat and fat are an important part of your daily routine. Sometimes we can get caught up trying to figure out what we can and can not eat that we end up "cheating" or settling for something less appealing. A low carb meatball recipe that feels like a guilty pleasure. 

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Weekly Meal Prep For Keto Diet

When I started this keto journey I set out to do a few things I never tried before: Meal Planning, Weekly Meal Prep and cooking in small batches.

What I do is compile a list of keto recipes, make a grocery list for the ingredients I will need, shop and then come home and meal prep for the week.  This makes it so much easier to stay on track.

You Cna Use Chicken Or Beef For These Keto Meatballs

One thing I love to make ahead is low carb meatballs. I use either ground chicken or ground beef and pork combination. Either way, I use the same base recipe listed below.

Most low carb recipes call for pork rinds in place of bread crumbs, but I don't care for them so I created a different recipe.  This recipe uses a little almond or coconut flour to thicken and has added fat in case you are over on your protein grams for the day. A pork-rind free meatball recipe. The perfect finger food or weeknight meal. 

Low Carb Meatballs- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

For this post, I made my meatballs with ground chicken and smothered them in buffalo chicken sauce for an easy buffalo chicken meatball recipe. 

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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

OR whatever sauce you like! 

Let me walk you through how to make baked meatballs that stay together, are juicy, and downright tasty. Plus this is a gluten-free recipe if you make sure your sauce is gluten-free. 

Ingredients for low carb meatballs

  • 12oz ground chicken (or beef if making to use with a different sauce)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ cup shredded cheese of your choice, for this recipe I used Habenero Jack. (for Italian meatballs use mozzarella)
  • 1 teaspoon each, Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 1 sprig green onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Buffalo Wing Sauce (or sauce of your choice, low carb BBQ would be great!)

Directions for Making Low Carb Meatballs

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Rub a sheet pan with Olive Oil.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the buffalo sauce. Mix well until fully combined.  The mixture will be wet and stick to your hands, using a small ice cream scoop may work better.  Meatballs will hold together though during cooking.

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Place on a sheet pan and bake for 15-20 mins or until internal temperature reaches 150º

What Is Internal Temperature Of Chicken Supposed To Be When Fully Cooked

NOTE- chicken is suppose to be cooked to 165º,  the meatballs will finish cooking in the sauce. 

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Place meatballs in a skillet or pot, cover with sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

How To Serve Buffalo Meatballs

Serve with ranch dressing and celery sticks! Or pair with a bed of cauliflower rice if you are serving it as a main dish. We love this recipe, and I make it for game day snacking, holidays, and of course weeknight meals where we want something flavorful and different. 

Tips For Making Juicy Meatballs 

  • Don't over mix the mixture, or it will make your meatballs dry and dense. 
  • Use a cookie scoop or something similar so all your meatballs are the same size. This is good so that they all cook evenly. If they are all different sizes some meatballs will be over-cooked while others are under-cooked. 
  • Feel free to add in Italian seasoning or fresh parsley and pair with a marinara sauce that is keto-friendly, and skip the buffalo if you prefer. This recipe is versatile. Even a tomato sauce with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese would be delicious. Just ensure your sauce is sugar-free or low carb or keto-friendly. 

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How To Store Leftover Keto Meatballs 

If you have meatballs leftover, they store fantastic. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. Or toss them in the freezer for up to three months. If you plan to freeze your meatballs they are best to be frozen without the sauce, and you can add that on later when you go to reheat. 

low carb slow cooker meatballs

Looking for more low carb recipes

  • Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatballs | Here is another great meatball recipe that is made right in the slow cooker. A great hands-off approach! 
  • Pizza Burgers | Get the flavor of pizza in burger form. So easy, savory and protein-packed and full of rich flavors you will love. 
  • Taco Zucchini Bites | Bite size taco keto bites, that are on zucchini. A great appetizer or weeknight meal that is totally delicious. 

Don't forget to try our Keto Pizza

Low Carb White Pizza made on Fathead dough!

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Yield: 12 meatballs

Low Carb Meatballs- Chicken or Beef

low carb slow cooker meatballs

This is a super easy base meatballs recipe that can be used with chicken or beef and customized anyway you wish! Try experimenting with seasonings and sauces!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12oz ground chicken or beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup almond or 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ cup shredded cheese of your choice, for this recipe I used Habenero Jack. (for Italian meatballs use mozzarella)
  • 1 teaspoon each, Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 1 sprig green onion, finely chopped
  • Seasonings of your choice depending on sauce being used 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.  Rub a sheet pan with Olive Oil.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the buffalo sauce. Mix well until fully combined.  The mixture will be wet and stick to your hands, using a small ice cream scoop may work better.  Meatballs will hold together though during cooking.
  3. Place on sheet pan and cook until internal temperature reaches 150 for beef or 165 for pork and chicken .
  4. Coat in your favorite sauce

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

3 meatballs

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gNet Carbohydrates: 3gProtein: 26g

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