bowl of meatballs

Meatballs were one of those things that seemed difficult to make to me. Plus most meatball recipes call for breadcrumbs to help bind the meatball together. I would rather not have that extra processed ingredient so I never made or bought them.

One day, I came across a Paleo meatball recipe that seemed pretty simple, so I gave it a go. Or at least used it as inspiration to make my own because I never used the ground pork it called for. Over time, I have made some tweaks to that recipe, and now what you see below is my go-to for making healthy, easy homemade meatballs.

I typically serve them with zoodles (zucchini noodles) and a favorite pasta sauce. They also taste good served in a non-Italian way with some of my favorite vegetables.

If you give them a try, let me know below how you served them.



Healthy, Easy Meatballs (No Grain)

Makes: 20 meatballs     Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs of ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Using your hands works best.
  3. Shape into balls about 2 inches in diameter and space evenly on the baking sheet. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. 


  • Meatballs freeze well in freezer bags. Let the meatballs cool completely before freezing.


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