Easy AIP Beef Meatballs (Paleo, GF, Whole 30)
If you’re in search of a quick easy AIP meatball recipe, you’re in the right place. It's Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free. This juicy tasty meatball recipe came about on a busy night when I was just throwing something together quickly and they turned out soooo good! I love it when that happens. My husband and kids ate half of them before we even sat down to dinner.
- Ground Beef- Go with about 10-15% fat content for the beef if possible. If you’d like to use beef with a lower fat content, just watch them closely to prevent them from drying out.
- Cauliflower Flour or Coconut Flour- You can use either one. I used cauliflower in these the first time I made them because I had it and it works well as a binder without adding a lot of carbs. I use Just About Foods brand and I found it at Walmart but you can also get it on Amazon.
If you don’t have cauliflower flour and don’t want to go out and buy it, coconut flour works ok too. I thought it made the meatballs slightly dryer than the cauliflower flour but my husband said he couldn’t tell the different between them. As mentioned above, I would just watch them closely and be sure not to overcook them to prevent overdrying.
- Coconut Aminos- Coconut aminos is one of my favorite condiments because it’s very versatile and it makes everything taste so good! It tastes a little bit like a teriyaki sauce. I usually get mine at Kroger in the Asian foods section but Amazon of course carries it too.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- I love using apple cider vinegar in many things as well and for different reasons. In the case of savory dishes, it adds a wonderful tang to the flavor and really rounds things out.
- Few odds and ends: garlic, onion rosemary, thyme, and sea salt come together to fill out the flavor beautifully.
A few things to note:
Broiler Pan vs Baking Sheet vs Glass Dish
I have cooked these on both a broiler pan and a cookie sheet. I found that they were a little juicer when cooking on the cookie sheet but retained less grease when cooked on the broiler pan. Either of these methods works fine. I haven’t tried using a glass dish yet but I assume this would work well too.
How to Serve
These can be eaten with zucchini noodles, sweet potato glass noodles, or even eaten solo with a salad or some roasted veggies.
These will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you made it, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought. I'd love to hear from you!
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix with a spoon or use a glove and mix with your hands.
- Roll the meat mixture into large meatballs (about 2" in diameter) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or broiler pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The internal temperature should reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Serve hot.