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These juicy baked meatballs are ready fast. Made without breadcrumbs, they are low-carb, gluten-free, and one of my go-to weeknight dinners because everyone loves them.

The meatballs are delicious with or without the glaze, but I usually add it since it's so easy to make.

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Whenever I'm short on time or unsure what to make for dinner, I take a package of vacuum-sealed ground beef out of the fridge - I always have a few since they keep for so long - and make these baked meatballs.

I'm a big fan of baking. It's a hands-off cooking method that requires far less attention and vigilance than pan-frying. In addition to these meatballs, I also bake these pork meatballs, Asian meatballs, and keto meatballs.

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Ingredients

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Here's an overview of the ingredients needed to make these meatballs. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below.

For the meatballs:

  • Lean ground beef: I use a mixture of 85% lean and 15% fat.
  • To season: Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Parmesan cheese: I use finely grated parmesan and not coarsely shredded.

For the sauce:

  • Unsweetened ketchup: I get it at Whole Foods or on Amazon.
  • Maple syrup: You can use a sugar-free alternative, as shown in the photo below.
  • Soy sauce: I use reduced-sodium soy sauce in most of my recipes. You can use a gluten-free alternative if needed.
  • Spices: Garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

Variations

  • While I don't recommend using extra-lean (93% lean) ground beef, you can use fattier beef, such as 80% lean or 75% lean.
  • You can make this recipe with ground chicken, pork, or turkey.
  • Sometimes I add more spices - 1 teaspoon of paprika and ½ teaspoon of thyme.
  • Instead of parmesan, I sometimes use ¼ cup of almond flour. But parmesan is more flavorful.

Baked Meatballs Instructions

Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps for making this recipe:

  1. Mix the meatball ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form them into meatballs.
  3. Arrange the meatballs on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake them for 15 minutes at 400°F.
  5. Gently heat the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Add the meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat.
  6. Serve immediately.
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Expert Tips

  • I don't recommend using extra-lean ground beef in this recipe. It's too dry, so the meatballs won't be as juicy.
  • To keep the meatballs juicy, don't overbake them. 15 minutes at 400°F should be enough for them to be cooked through without becoming too dry. However, ovens vary, so check with an instant-read thermometer to ensure they are ready.
  • If you need to feed a crowd, this recipe scales beautifully. I often double it to ensure I have tasty leftovers for several days.

Recipe FAQs

What can you use instead of breadcrumbs in meatballs?

You can make meatballs with no filler at all, just like a burger patty.
If you'd like to use a filler, you can use crushed pork rinds, almond flour, or grated parmesan cheese.

Will meatballs fall apart without breadcrumbs?

No. In fact, if you add too many breadcrumbs, you risk them becoming too dry and falling apart. But when you make them with just ground beef and seasonings, they are perfect.

Can you bake meatballs in the oven?

Yes. Baking is easier than frying - it's a hands-off cooking approach, which I appreciate. The meatballs cook beautifully in the oven and come out evenly cooked.

Do you need a sauce or a glaze?

These meatballs are excellent plain, without any sauce. They are well-seasoned and flavorful. But the glaze is so quick and easy that I usually make it. It adds a lovely flavor to the dish.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve these baked meatballs on top of something that would absorb the tasty sauce, such as cauliflower rice, mashed cauliflower, zucchini noodles, or hearts of palm pasta.

I also add a vegetable side, such as any of the following:

  • Microwave broccoli
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Roasted green beans
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Roasted cabbage
  • Roasted carrots

Storing Leftovers

You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave, covered, at 50% power. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to three months.

You can also enjoy them cold. One of my favorite lunches is a plate of cold leftover meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, Dijon mustard, fresh-cut veggies, and quick pickles.

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Baked Meatballs (No Breadcrumbs)

These juicy baked meatballs are ready fast. Made without breadcrumbs, they are low-carb and gluten-free.

Prep Time20 minutes mins

Cook Time15 minutes mins

Total Time35 minutes mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 287kcal

Author: Vered DeLeeuw

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef 85% lean
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt or ½ teaspoon of any other salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese dry-grated (not shredded)

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or a sugar-free syrup
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce or a gluten-free alternative
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with high-heat-resistant parchment paper.

  • In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix together the meatball ingredients: ground beef, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and parmesan.

  • Form the mixture into 20 meatballs. It's easiest to shape the mixture into a log, slice it into five slices, then divide each slice into four parts and shape those into meatballs.

  • Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, not touching each other. Bake them until they are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sauce ingredients: ketchup, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.

  • Five minutes before the meatballs should be done, heat the sauce gently over medium-low heat. If it seems too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water.

  • When the meatballs are done baking, use tongs to transfer them to the sauce. Gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Notes

  • I don't recommend using extra-lean ground beef in this recipe. It's too dry, so the meatballs won't be as juicy.
  • To keep the meatballs juicy, don't overbake them. 15 minutes at 400°F should be enough for them to be cooked through without becoming too dry. However, ovens vary, so to ensure they are ready, check with aninstant-read thermometer.
  • If you need to feed a crowd, this recipe scales beautifully. I often double it to ensure I have tasty leftovers for several days.
  • You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave, covered, at 50% power. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to three months.

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Nutrition per Serving

Serving: 5meatballs | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 628mg | Sugar: 3g

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Baked Meatballs Recipe (No Breadcrumbs) - Healthy Recipes Blog (20) Vered DeLeeuw, LL.M., CNC, has been following a low-carb real-food diet and blogging about it since 2011. She's a Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC), has taken courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, and has earned a Nutrition and Healthy Living Certificate from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in several major media outlets, including Healthline, HuffPost, Today, Women's Health, Shape, and Country Living. Click to learn more about Vered.

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