Looking for a delicious, low-carb meal that still satisfies? These Keto Meatballs are the perfect solution. Packed with protein and healthy fats, they will keep you feeling full while still fitting into your keto macros.
The almond flour helps bind the meatballs without adding carbs, and the combination of classic Italian herbs and spices gives them tons of flavor.
Baked in the oven until perfectly tender, they make a great main course or appetizer. For an extra element of richness, serve them with the optional low-carb marinara sauce. The butter and parmesan add a wonderful creaminess that complements the meatballs perfectly.
Whether you are on the keto diet or simply looking for a fresh take on classic meatballs, this recipe will soon become a go-to in your recipe repertoire.
Easy to make and flavorful, these Keto Meatballs will satisfy your comfort food cravings without the carb overload.
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Why I Love This Recipe
From the moment I first tried these Keto Meatballs, I was hooked, and here’s why:
- Simplicity at Its Best: I’ve always believed that the best recipes are those that don’t require a culinary degree to master. This recipe is straightforward, making it perfect for both weeknight dinners and special occasions.
- Uncompromised Flavor: Despite its simplicity, there’s no compromise on taste. Every bite is a delightful burst of flavors, making me wonder why I didn’t try this sooner.
- Low-Carb Wonder: Being on a keto diet often means missing out on some of my favorite dishes, but not with this one. It’s a joy to have a recipe that’s both delicious and aligns with my dietary goals.
- Versatility: I adore how easy it is to tweak this recipe based on what I have on hand. Whether it’s swapping out the meat or adding in some extra spices, it’s a recipe that’s open to experimentation.
- Perfect for Meal Prep: As someone who’s always on the go, I appreciate recipes that I can prep ahead of time. These meatballs store beautifully, ensuring I have a tasty meal ready whenever hunger strikes.
- A Crowd-Pleaser: Every time I’ve served these, they’ve been a hit! Whether it’s with friends who are also on a keto diet or family members who just appreciate good food, these meatballs never disappoint.
In essence, this recipe embodies everything I cherish in cooking: simplicity, flavor, and the joy of sharing good food with loved ones.
Ingredients & Their Purpose
- 1 lb ground beef: The primary protein source, giving the meatballs their classic taste and texture.
- 1/4 cup almond flour: Acts as a low-carb binder, helping the meatballs maintain their shape.
- 1 egg: Binds the ingredients together and adds moisture.
- 3 cloves garlic, minced: Infuses the meatballs with a rich, aromatic flavor.
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan: Adds a salty, cheesy flavor and helps in binding.
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped: Provides a fresh herbal note.
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning: Enhances the flavor profile with a mix of classic herbs.
- 1/2 tsp salt: Seasoning to enhance the overall taste.
- 1/4 tsp pepper: Adds a mild spicy kick.
1. Place the ground beef in a bowl. Add the parmesan cheese.
2. Add parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
3. Add 1 egg and mix all the ingredients well
4. Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs.
5. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet.
6. Bake at 400F for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Optional: Top with low-carb marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.
- Cheese Burst: Add mozzarella bits inside each meatball for a cheesy surprise.
- Spice It Up: Introduce red pepper flakes for a kick.
Storage and Reheating
- Refrigerate leftovers for up to a week.
- For freezing, store in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw before reheating.
- Reheat in a microwave or oven until hot.
- Serving: 2 meatballs
- Calories: 164kcal
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Net Carbs: 2g
- Protein: 15g
- Fat: 11g
Can I use other meats?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with ground turkey or chicken.
How can I make them juicier?
Consider a mix of beef and pork for extra juiciness.
What can I use instead of almond flour?
If you’re looking for another low-carb option, coconut flour or crushed pork rinds can be used as binders. Adjust the quantity as needed, as coconut flour is more absorbent.
Can I fry the meatballs instead of baking?
Yes, you can pan-fry the meatballs in some olive oil or butter until they’re browned and cooked through. This method gives a crispier outer layer.
How can I make the meatballs spicier?
Add some red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper to the mix for an extra kick.
Is there a dairy-free alternative to parmesan?
You can skip the parmesan or use nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor without actual dairy.
Can I add vegetables to the meatballs?
Absolutely! Finely chopped or grated vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or spinach can be mixed in for added nutrition and flavor.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- In a bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined.
- Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs.
- Bake at 400F for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Top with low carb marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.