63 Incredible Paleo Meatball Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
Since we released our favorite Paleo Pasta Recipes last week, I thought it only appropriate to follow up with this list of great Paleo Meatball Recipes as well! What stood out to me though, was that many of these recipes are not totally necessary as a pasta topper –they are amazing as a standalone dish, meaty starter, or take-away poppers for lunchtime or a snack on a long commute.
Many of these Paleo meatball recipes are a combination of two or more kinds of meat – I’ve saved you the trouble with the longer list below and labeled them so you can find what you’re looking for more easily. Our Top 10 recipes are all single-meat-type recipes and you can learn more about those awesome creations in the descriptions. Enjoy!
Top 10 Paleo Meatball Recipes
These spicy pork meatballs sound too amazing to share a plate with anything else! (They’d surely overshadow zucchini noodles.) Tropical flavors like coconut and pineapple blend swimmingly with jalapeños and cayenne pepper. The thought of this perfect harmony of sweet, salty, and spicy has got me salivating over these Bora Bora balls faster than you can say ‘whisk me to the South Pacific’! (Photo credit to David Humphreys; check out more of Melissa’s delicious recipes on her blog, The Clothes Make the Girl).
One of our favorite Paleo bloggers, Sonia from the Healthy Foodie is back with these amazing Chinese-style chicken meatballs. Another dish that does not need a pasta accompaniment, I’m again amazed at how she makes something so seemingly un-Paleo into a Paleo-friendly meal! Date paste helps as it acts as a natural sweetener and the anchovy paste may seem a bit out there, but having tried some of Sonia’s recipes already, I’m going to go ahead and trust that these taste perfect. (Photo credit goes to Sonia, The Healthy Foodie! Thanks!)
I can’t get enough Indian food and I love that Mike from The Iron You did up some meatballs in perfect Indian fashion (but I feel obligated to mention that they don’t eat beef in India, but no worries!). Garam masala is simply the best spice mix around, and the egg and sweet potatoes must certainly add a great consistency to these meatballs. The only catch is that, in true Indian fashion, yogurt is up in the mix. That makes this recipe “primal” and a no-go for the strictly Paleo (but you can just opt to just leave it out). (Mike provided the photo above; check out more great recipes from his blog, The Iron You.)
Another Primal-not-Paleo meatball recipe, this Greek style turkey meatball recipe looks delicious nonetheless. This is a perfect combo of feta, sundried tomatoes and thyme held together with the help of egg and almond flour. Sounds like a classic! (Photo credit to Melissa from I Breathe… I’m Hungry.)
The title alone caught my interest for obvious reasons. Raspberries? Chipotle? Raspberry chipotle meatballs?! At first it made no sense but now I see that, along with ground pork, fennel seeds and bacon, these meatballs have an amazing fusion of sweet, savory, spicy and strange flavors that cannot be labeled anything except totally original. I can’t wait to try this out once raspberries are back in season!! (Torie, from The Creative Caveman, gave permission for us to reproduce the above image.)
Ah finally, a super simple and classic beef meatball recipe that is perfect alongside some Paleo pasta or in a bowl of veggies and sauce. No egg or flour is necessary here and food blogger Jess lays out a very simple and brief list of instructions. These meatballs are hard to mess up so if you’re a newbie in the kitchen and like your flavors classic and straightforward, I’d start here. (Photo credit to Jess of Nummy for My Tummy!)
If you’ve been following my posts you probably know that I live by a simple tenet: everything is better with mango. These mango meatballs seem incredibly easy to make – the ingredients are few but they balance each other out perfectly. The meat used is turkey (although beef is suggested as an alternative) and the starchy aspect comes from a bit of Paleo-friendly almond flour. And oregano and basil are the perfect herbs to balance out this sweet/savory combo. Yum! (Thanks to Gabriela for letting us use her photo; you can see more at her blog, Health Easy.)
I hope you’re a fan of things hot and spicy because this lamb mince meatball recipe packs a punch! In my ignorance I had to look up what Harissa was (and I call myself a culinary student!). I discovered that it is a chili paste made of garlic, coriander and a whole combo of spicy peppers. It’s a classic flavor in Moroccan/North African (Maghreb) cuisine. You can make it yourself or buy it pre-fab but blogger Emily warns that you need to double check to make sure all ingredients are Paleo- friendly if you don’t opt for your own home-made batch.
Perfect for a post-Thanksgiving on-the-go snack, this is another amazingly easy and surprisingly unique meatball recipe using ground turkey, pumpkin (alternatively mashed sweet potato), raisins and some spices. Yum! I would think that the savory-sweet balance would be tipped a bit far to the sweet side of the scale with these ones, but when you add cumin, chili powder and curry spice mix in there, it completely balances out into late-Autumn flavor perfection.
Like meatballs? Like Thai flavors? Here is your perfect combo. These ground beef balls have all the requisites of a Thai dish – red curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, cilantro. I especially appreciate the cole slaw recipe that is included; it’s a great accompaniment to the meatballs! It’s super fresh and full of healthy veggies – these two sound like a winning combination.
More Amazing Paleo Meatball Recipes
1. Mushroom Meatballs [Beef]
2. Chipotle Dijon Turkey Meatballs [Turkey]
3. Chimichurri Meatballs [Beef]
4. Breakfast Meatballs [Pork]
5. Mmmmm. Moroccan Meatballs [Lamb]
6. Paleo Mini Meatballs [Pork, Beef]
7. Spinach Meatballs [Beef, Anchovies]
9. Paleo Swedish Meatballs [Beef, Pork]
10. Make-Ahead Christmas Meatballs [Beef, Pork]
11. Cuban Meatballs [Beef]
12. Beef Sausage [Venison]
13. Sausage Meatball and Escarole Soup [Pork Sausage]
14. Cream Curry Meatballs [Beef]
15. Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Meatballs [Chicken]
16. Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce [Beef, Lamb]
17. Paleo Pesto Meatballs [Beef]
18. Secret Superfood Meatballs (Primal – with Cheese) [Beef, Pork, Liver]
19. Chorizo Meatballs [Pork]
22. Basil Ginger Meatballs [Beef]
26. Salmon Meatballs with Dull Pesto [Salmon]
27. Cilantro Lime Chorizo Meatballs [Chorizo]
28. Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs [Turkey]
30. Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce [Lamb, Beef]
31. Liver & Bacon Meatballs [Beef, Bacon, Liver]
34. Beef & Bacon Meatballs [Beef, Bacon]
35. Paleo Meatball Subs [Beef]
36. Wild Boar Meatballs [Wild Boar]
38. Chicken Florentine Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash [Chicken, Chicken Sausage]
39. Curry Meatballs and Mashed Cauliflower [Any Ground Meat]
40. Vietnamese Meatballs [Pork]
41. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs [Chicken]
43. Thai Mini Meatballs [Beef]
44. Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs [Beef, Pork]
47. Coconut Curry Lamb and Beef Meatballs [Lamb, Beef]
48. I Heart Meatballs Diane [Beef, Beef Heart]
49. Italian Meatballs [Beef, Pork]
50. Paleo Asian Meatballs [Beef, Pork]
51. Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs [Chicken]
52. Burger Balls [Beef, Bacon]
53. Chicken Parm Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free) (Primal – with Cheese) [Chicken]