Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

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Have you ever wondered how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs? I absolutely love meatballs.  They are one of my favorite main dishes. I enjoy eating them alone or in a recipe.  Spaghetti and Meatballs and Meatball Subs are two favorite dishes from my childhood. When I grew up, my Mom always made her meatballs with breadcrumbs, torn pieces of bread or crumbled crackers. There was always some sort of bread or gluten-containing food in with the meatballs.  That’s what made them moist and kept them from falling apart.

Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

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Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

Now that we know my daughter is gluten intolerant and I am following the Paleo diet, we try not to cook with products that are made with grains. This leaves out bread, crackers, and breadcrumbs.  Thankfully, I don’t need to give up one of my family’s favorite meals any longer.  This recipe for meatballs without breadcrumbs are just as delicious as the ones I remember from my childhood. Finding entre recipes that my family loves that are also Paleo is a definite challenge for me. They are used to recipes they’ve always enjoyed and don’t want to give up their favorites.

Yields 15

Serves 3

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs

This recipe for meatballs without breadcrumbs are just as delicious as the ones I remember from my childhood.

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound of grass fed beef
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp organic dill pickles, finely chopped (I use the brand "Real Pickles")
  • 1 tbsp organic black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 jar of organic spaghetti sauce with no added sugar


  1. Fry the bacon until they are cooked & dry to remove excess grease. Chop into small pieces.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Roll into 15-18 meatballs about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs until cooked through. Fry in batches if necessary.
  5. Drain most of the grease and pour in the jar of sauce. Simmer until warm for about 15 minutes, rolling the meatballs in the sauce as it warms.

Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my family’s favorite meals. Marty and my husband can enjoy these meatballs without breadcrumbs over traditional pasta.  My daughter enjoys her over gluten free pasta.  I enjoy mine over spaghetti squash when it’s in season or just in a bowl with some sauce when it’s not.  I cannot make meatballs without thinking of the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Have you seen these yet? So funny! What a great movie tie-in for dinner.

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

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  1. My family would love these and they are perfect for movie night!  I can't wait to try them out.  Thanks for the weekend inspiration!
  2. Great recipe! It has been ages since I have had a good meat ball! I love bacon so this is AWESOME!!
  3. {Erica}EverythingMomandBaby says
    Love that it's a paleo recipe!  I would never think to add pickles. #StreamTeam ;)
  4. My friend follows the paleo diet. This looks really good and a great dish!
  5. I'll have to pass this along to my friend. She found out shes got a few food allergies so her Dr. put her on this diet. She's lost 35lbs. These look so yummy. I might test them on my boyfriend as well. Haha. Thanks for sharing & Happy Friday!
  6. Kelly Hutchinson says
    Ow Wow Ellen, these look amazing. I have never seen a meatball recipe with dill pickles in it. I cannot wait to try this recipe!
  7. I am going to try these.  Looks great!
  8. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing! I would love if you would stop by my Friday Favorites Linkup and share!
  9. Simple Nature Decor says
    Love this meatball recipe! thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday Party last week, Hope to see more of your great posts at my next party, next friday Thanks Maria
  10. Antionette Blake (@ambde) says
    Thanks for sharing and linking back to the #WWDParty.
  11. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fantastic day and come back real soon! Miz Helen
  12. Delicious Recipe Ellen it is crispy without bread crumbs. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.
  13. vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  :)  I can't wait to see what you share next time!  -Cindy
  14. Loved how you can do this for a movie night. Interesting choice with the pickles. I will try this soon!


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