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Mini Meatballs (WITHOUT Flour or Breadcrumbs!)

These mini meatballs without flour or breadcrumbs are delicious and super easy to make. They are great for those on the GAPS, Paleo, and Keto diets. But don’t be fooled, they are a wonderful treat for anyone not on a special diet as well!

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Mini Meatballs Without Flour or Breadcrumbs

Feature them at your next gathering for rave reviews. It pairs nicely with this baked eggplant recipe, and is somewhat reminiscent of lasagna. Yummm.

Sometimes finding simple, easy, quick and tasty recipes for a special diet can be difficult–especially when many recipes use replacement items that you can’t have. I understand. My son is on a limited diet and it took me a while to find a wide variety of yummy things he can eat without feeling deprived. We usually add a bunch of spices to ours. I’ll share my favorite spice combos soon.

The recipe below is very basic yet still very yummy. It doesn’t require flour, flour replacement, bread crumbs, eggs, starch or any other binder.

These can be enjoyed on their own, in spaghetti sauce, salads or sandwiches, or as a deconstructed burger with all the fixings.

My son absolutely loves them along with fresh tomato slices, avocado chunks, and naturally fermented pickles. You can also check out a great burger recipe by clicking here.

Mini Meatballs

Basic Easy Mini Meatballs Without Flour Recipe
A simple, easy recipe for mini meatballs with no flour, breadcrumbs or egg required as binder. Tasty and kid-friendly.
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp tallow, lard, ghee etc. (for sautéing/frying)


  • In a mixing bowl, mix ground beef, salt, and pepper together well.
  • Shape the mini meatballs by taking small chunks and rolling them in the palm of your hand.
  • Heat skillet to 300o and add a tsp of tallow or other saturated fat to pot. Spread fat evenly.
  • Add half the mini meatballs (or more if they will fit comfortably in the
    skillet) and let them cook. Roll them around every now and then so they
    brown evenly. Once cooked, remove with a slotted spoon or a big fork.
  • Cook the remaining meatballs until browned evenly then remove.

  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Make your  life easier: These may be frozen before cooking, or after cooking (allow them to cool first).
Keyword GAPS, Keto, Paleo

What are your favorite spices to add to meatballs? Let me know by leaving a comment! Also, don’t forget to pin this recipe!

Homemade Mini Meatballs Without Flour
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Sofia Graf

Thursday 7th of July 2022

I have tried the recipe for Basic Easy Mini Meatballs Without Flour Recipe yesterday only but with ghee. Ghee oil is more flavorsome than tallow and in our home pig products are not permitted. I like ghee oil for its high smoke point, shelf stability, and nutritional benefits. If you wish to try it, please prefer ghee over other cooking oil/tallow option and enjoy ghee benefits.


Thursday 21st of July 2022

We are actually a pork-free family as well. Lard is from pigs, but tallow is from cows! But any wholesome fat will work well :)

Kathy Robertson

Sunday 28th of July 2019

sounds good