Gluten Free Meatballs

gluten free meatballs in a castiron pan with sauce and basil.

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Gluten Free Meatballs are a healthy, 20 minute dinner the whole family will love. They're moist, juicy, and made with simple ingredients. You can bake, air fry, or pan fry these gluten free Italian meatballs for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I use 93/7)
  • 1 large egg- whisked
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1/3 cup gluten free panko
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, whisked egg, grated onion, gluten free panko, grated parmesan cheese, salt, basil, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. Mix until JUST combined, you don't want to overwork the meat or it will get tough
  3. Use a medium size cookie scoop to divide the gluten free meatball mixture into 18 equal portions and then use your hands to roll them into balls
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 14-17 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160ย  ย degrees F
  5. Carefully pull the meatballs out of the oven, cover in your favorite sauce, and enjoy!



  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F and spray the bottom of the basket with olive oil spray
  2. Place meatballs in a single layer into the preheated basket and cook at 350F for 7-8 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F


  1. In a large cast iron skillet heat oil over medium heat
  2. Once the oil is hot, add a few meatballs making sure not to crowd the pan
  3. Cook until golden brown on all sides (about 2 minutes a side) and cooked fully through (about 15 minutes total)
  • Keep the meat cold when making the meatball mixture because when the cold fat is cooked it releases steam and adds moisture
  • Make sure your oat flour is gluten free certified
  • Don't overmix the meatball mixture or they will be tough
  • A cookie scoop helps ensure your meatballs are all the same size
  • You can serve these in a hearty marinara sauce over gluten free pasta, or use in meatball subs
  • Meal prep or freeze for quick and healthy dinners
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days

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