These hearty and naturally gluten-free meatballs will quickly become a favorite at your house! The combination of beef, pork, mushrooms, and scallions is full of flavor, perfect for dousing in your favorite sauce.
Meatballs are incredibly versatile, served the world over in soups, on pasta, with gravy and mashed potatoes, in sweet and sour sauce, over boiled potatoes, and atop rice. Keep a stash of these on hand in the freezer for quick and easy dinners.
I love meatballs. There’s something so comforting about serving up a big pot of meatballs doused in flavorful tomato sauce or swimming in savory gravy. It’s such a filling meal without being overly complicated.
You are going to be thrilled to add these gluten-free meatballs to your repertoire.
Why Make This
It’s good to know gluten-free. I have plenty of friends and family who avoid gluten for various reasons, so I wanted something in my arsenal that was full of flavor without having any gluten or other funky gluten-substitutes. These meatballs fit the bill perfectly without your needing to buy special flours or gluten-free ingredients.
They freeze beautifully. This meatball recipe makes a bulk batch so you can easily serve them for dinner tonight and freeze the rest for another night.
Meatballs are super versatile. There are so many sauces, toppings, and sides you can serve alongside meatballs. Having a batch or two on hand gives you loads of options to explore the world of flavors.
Here’s what you’ll need for these gluten-free meatballs:
mushrooms – Instead of using gf breadcrumbs, coconut flour, or a nut meal, I leaned on mushrooms. Chopped fine, mushrooms add substance without tasting “mushroomy”. My mushroom haters devour these meatballs, so I really wouldn’t worry about folks turning up their noses. Promise.
ground beef and ground pork – I like a combination of beef and pork to make a hearty meatball, but you can substitute ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.
eggs – Eggs act as the binding agent, holding everything together. Don’t omit them from the recipe.
green onions – I like to use green onions as they add a layer of fresh to these meatballs. You can use regular onion or even shallots if that’s what you have.
salt and pepper – Salt and pepper are must-adds to meatballs. They bring out the flavors in all the other ingredients.
Since meatballs are so versatile, feel free to swap out the salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence for the seasoning of other flavor profiles.
- For Southwest-style meatballs to use in Albondigas and the like, use Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix.
- For a Mediterranean twist, use our Greek Spice Blend.
- Omit the herbs and add a bit of sesame oil for an Asian taste that’s great in Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs. (Be sure to use gluten-free soy sauce when you prep it.)
- For Swedish meatballs, add a pinch of allspice and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.
This is a super simple recipe to pull together.
- Place the mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. You can also chop the mushrooms by hand, but using the food processor ensures a very fine chop.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the mushrooms, beef, pork, eggs, green onions, salt, pepper, and optional seasoning. Mix well to incorporate all the ingredients well. I put plastic bags on my hands to reduce the mess and cross-contamination of raw meat.
- With a quick release scoop, form the meat mixture into golf ball-size portions and place them on a tray lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees F until cooked through.
If you prefer, you can fry the meatballs in hot oil in a skillet.
Once the meatballs are cooked, they are ready to serve. Or you can freeze them for another time.
To freeze: place the cooked meatballs in an airtight container. Label the container with the date and contents and place it in the fridge to chill. This will help the meatballs freeze more quickly and reduce freezer burn.
Use the frozen meatballs within 2 months for best taste and texture.
To serve: heat in your favorite sauce and serve.
The beaten eggs help these stay together. It’s a key ingredient you don’t want to omit.
I like to use finely chopped mushrooms in my gluten-free meatballs. I get flavor and fiber without added calories or gluten. You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers or cornflakes. Other bulk-binders for meatballs include cauliflower rice or rolled oats. Some people even use potato flakes. As always, be sure to read the ingredients labels on everything to make sure there is no hidden gluten.
While meatballs are delicious served with pasta and red sauce, one of the great things about them is that they are super versatile. Serve these gluten-free meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy, reheated on the grill and brushed with BBQ sauce, in a gluten-free meatball sub with marinara and cheese, in a wrap with a yogurt-dill sauce, on rice with a sweet and sour sauce, or simmered Catalan-style and served over boiled potatoes
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- mushrooms – $2.00
- ground beef – $5.00
- ground pork – $3.00
- eggs – $0.30
- seasonings – $0.20
Shopping at a mid-range grocery store at non-sale prices, you can expect to pay $10.50 per bulk batch of meatballs. This works out to be about $1.05/serving or 25 cents each for high quality gluten-free meatballs. This price is on par with the grocery’s frozen variety.
But, let me tell you a secret. Homemade meatballs are five million times better than the grocery store frozen variety. Those aren’t worth your while. At all. Make your own. Trust me.
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Gluten-Free Meatballs Recipe
- 8 oz mushrooms wiped clean
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 egg beaten
- 3 green onion (chopped)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence or Italian herb blend
- oil for frying the meatballs optional
- Place the mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. You can also chop the mushrooms by hand, but this ensures a very fine chop.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the mushrooms, beef, pork, eggs, green onions, salt, pepper, and optional seasoning. Mix well to incorporate all the ingredients well.
- Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- With a quick release scoop, form the meat mixture into golf ball-size portions. Place the meatballs on the prepared sheet.
- Bake the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through.
- Alternatively, you can fry the meatballs in oil. To do this, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet or 5-qt pot. In batches, fry the meatballs in the hot oil, turning to brown all sides of the meatballs.
- Once the meatballs are cooked, they are ready to serve or package for freezing. To freeze, cool the meatballs completely and place in freezer-safe containers or ziptop freezer bags. Chill thoroughly before storing in the freezer. To serve, reheat completely in a pan on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, on a hot grill, or in the microwave.
This post was originally published on March 8, 2016. It has been updated for content and clarity.