Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Recipe

Last Updated on August 28, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Have you ever wondered how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs? Find out how to make gluten free, dairy free meatballs.

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Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

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.

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.

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.  

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

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Meatballs without Breadcrumbs

Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 578mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g

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30 thoughts on “Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Recipe”

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  2. 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
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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing! I would love if you would stop by my Friday Favorites Linkup and share!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!

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