Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs

gluten and dairy free meatballs
Cheri Moore

Written by Juliana Moore

Choosing joy in the everyday life of creating a homestead, raising livestock, and cooking food from scratch.

January 27, 2022

These meatballs are delicious, gluten and dairy free, and made with ingredients that are easy to find!

When trying out gluten and dairy free meatball recipes, I ended up with many mushy results. Typical meatball recipes call for milk which is then absorbed by the bread component. Well, when you swap out the bread for a gluten free alternative you simply end up with a shapeless mushy meatball. The texture is not good at all.

gluten and dairy free meatballs on top of pasta sauce and spaghetti squash

Finally, it dawned on me to completely take out the milk component! And what do you know, I created a gluten and dairy free meatball that tastes great, holds it shape, and has that classic meatball texture.

Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash Tutorial

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 of an onion finely chopped or grated
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup of oat flour

How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs:

To start, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oven preheated to 375

Prepare the Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs

Finely chop or grate half an onion. Then, add it to a large bowl.

finely chopped onion in a glass bowl

Next, mince 4 cloves of garlic and add them to the bowl. If you do not have a mincer, then chop the garlic as small as possible.

four garlic cloves on a cutting board
mincing garlic into a glass bowl with chopped onion in the bowl

Measure out the following seasonings and add them to the bowl.

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon sitting in front of a container of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon sitting in front of a container of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon sitting in front of a container of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sitting in front of a container of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
a tablespoon sitting in front of a pint jar of dried parsley

Then add 1 egg to the bowl.

Glass bowl with chopped onion, seasonings, and one egg

Then, add a 1/3 cup of oat flour.

glass measuring cup filled to the 1/2 cup measuring line with oat flour. The measuring cup is in front of a grain mill.

Mix with a fork until all the ingredients are combined.

Gluten and dairy free meatball ingredients mixed together in a glass bowl with a fork minus the ground beef.

Lastly, add 1 pound of ground beef and use your hands to mix everything together.

packaged of ground beef in a square baking pan
raw gluten and dairy free meatball meat in a glass bowl on the countertop

Prep the Pan

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or one extra-large baking sheet. Use a baking sheet with an edge so that any grease from the meatballs does not drip onto your oven.

large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. It is next to the bowl of gluten and dairy free meatball meat

Shape the Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs

Then use your hands to shape the meat into balls.

Shaping gluten and dairy free meatballs and placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet

You want to make them as uniform as possible so they cook evenly. I make mine about the size of a large marble, bite-sized. You can also use a medium-size cookie scoop to make your meatballs.

Raw gluten and dairy free meatballs rolled out on a baking sheet

Be sure to space them evenly on the pan.

Raw gluten and dairy free meatballs rolled out on a baking sheet

Bake the Meatballs

Then bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 minutes. If you make larger meatballs, then adjust your cooking time as needed.

Baked gluten and dairy free meatballs on a baking sheet

What Can You Serve Gluten and Dairy Free Meatballs With?

  • Gluten free pasta
  • Roasted spaghetti squash
  • BBQ sauce, veggies, and potatoes
Gluten and dairy free meatballs served on spaghetti squash with pasta sauce.

My Favorite Gluten Free Pasta Brands

Thankfully there are lots of gluten free pasta options these days. Yay! Unfortunately, they are not all the same. Some are a starchy mess that clump together while others have a taste that differs a tad too much to satisfy a pasta craving.

Personally, my favorite cost-effective option is Barilla’s Gluten Free Spaghetti. It’s easy to find at your local grocery store and it is affordable.

My favorite organic option is Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Spaghetti. It has a higher price point, but it is a wonderful organic choice.

Gluten and Dairy Free Meatball Recipe Card

Special Thanks to Steiger Family Farms

I’d like to thank my daughter, Juliana, for creating and sharing this recipe. In fact, you can find more of her recipes over at www.steigerfamilyfarms.com. She is an excellent cook and loves to share her from scratch recipes. While I’d like to take credit for her cooking skills, she has been the one teaching me new things the last few years. Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy this recipe!

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