Carnivores, get ready to make these deliciously hearty and protein-packed meatballs! Made with just a handful of ingredients, these carnivore diet-approved meatballs are the perfect no-carb, meat-centric appetizer or main.
Ground beef provides the base for these meatballs, delivering a solid dose of beefy flavor and nutrition. To give the meatballs an extra meaty boost, we’ve added in pork rinds which not only pack an extra carnivorous punch but also help bind the meatballs together.
Eggs and shredded cheese hold the meatballs together while adding richness. And just a touch of salt enhances the deep flavors of the meats.
Baked in the oven until perfectly browned, these meatballs make a satiating snack or meal that even the strictest carnivore can enjoy.
So if you’re eager for a delicious meatball recipe that aligns with the carnivore diet, look no further. These rich, protein-packed meatballs will soon become a go-to you make over and over.
👍 Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Simple Ingredients, Maximum Flavor- With just a handful of high-quality ingredients like juicy ground beef, tangy shredded cheese, and crispy pork rinds, these meatballs pack a serious punch of rich, meaty flavor.
Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you – the combination of textures and tastes come together to create a party in your mouth!
Perfect For The Carnivore Diet– Sticking to an all-meat diet can get boring if you rely on the same old steaks and burgers. These flavorful meatballs made with 100% animal ingredients are the perfect way to add some variety and spice to your carnivore meal plan.
You get a nutritious high-protein, low-carb meal without any plant-based ingredients.
Insanely Easy To Make– With just a quick mix of ingredients and 10 minutes in the oven, you’ll have a tray of mouthwatering meatballs ready to enjoy. Even those with minimal cooking skills can whip up these meatballs no problem.
✨ Recipe Ingredients
For this carnivore diet meatballs recipe you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 pounds (900g) Ground Beef
- 3 oz (85g) shredded Italian cheese Blend
- 2 oz (55g) Pork Rinds – Use these pork rinds (Amazon link) for this recipe.
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/3 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
Optional: If you are not 100% strict carnivore, you can add parsley on top for garnishing.
👨🍳 How To Make
These carb free meatballs are very easy to make:
Preheat your oven to 360F (180C). Mix the ingredients and form small balls.
Cook for about 10 minutes – or until the carnivore meatballs are browned. You can flip them halfway through cooking. And… it’s ready! Enjoy this delicous carnivore meatball recipe.
1. Ground Beef
Go for 80/20 or 70/30 ground beef with a decent fat ratio for juicy, flavorful meatballs. The fat content will keep the meatballs from drying out while cooking. Stick to high quality, grass-fed ground beef if possible.
2. Experiment with Different Shredded Cheeses
While the recipe calls for an Italian cheese blend, feel free to experiment. Cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and pepper jack all work wonderfully.
The cheese acts as a binding agent and adds a lovely gooeyness to the meatballs. Just be absolutely sure to use cheeses without any added starches or suspicious ingredients. Read labels carefully!
3. Adding Extra Eggs
Eggs serve as an excellent binder for meatballs. For an especially tender and moist meatball, consider adding an extra egg. This will impact the texture and make the meatballs even richer.
If you tolerate eggs well, take advantage of them. Farm fresh local pasture raised organic eggs provide the highest nutrition.
4. Dip in Rendered Fat for Added Flavor
Serve the baked meatballs with small ramekins filled with rendered beef fat from the drippings to use for dipping. This adds a delicious meaty flavor and provides fat, which helps optimize nutrition on the carnivore diet.
Plus the contrast of the cool dipping fat and the hot meatball is simply divine. Dip away to ramp up the yum factor!
5. Garnish with Additional Cheese
Take your meatballs over the top by garnishing them with extra shredded cheese once they finish cooking.
The hot melted cheese complements the flavors and makes for fantastic texture contrast – soft and gooey cheese over a nicely browned exterior. Cheddar, parmesan, and bleu cheese crumbles make excellent finishing touches.
1. Beef and Lamb Meatballs- Replace half the beef with an equal amount of ground lamb for a richer, bolder flavor.
The gamier notes of lamb pair wonderfully with spices like cumin, paprika or Italian herbs (if yo are not on a 100% strict carnivore diet). Shape into 1-inch balls and bake at 375°F for 15-18 minutes until cooked through.
2. Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs- For an indulgent, smoky twist, wrap the shaped meatballs with thin bacon slices before baking. The rendered bacon fat keeps the meatballs juicy. Cook at 400°F for 20 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Drain excess grease as needed.
3. Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs- Mix the ground beef with just the eggs, salt and water, leaving out the shredded cheese.
Form flattened patties and place a cube of cheese (cheddar, provolone, etc.) in the center. Seal the meat tightly around the cheese and roll into balls. Bake at 350°F for around 30 minutes.
These carnivore meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer term storage, they can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To reheat frozen meatballs:
- Thaw meatballs overnight in the refrigerator or microwave until just thawed and still cold in the center.
- For oven reheating, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
- They can also be reheated gently on the stovetop in a skillet with a small amount of fat or sauce
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I don’t have an Italian cheese blend?
You can use any shredded hard cheese like cheddar, Parmesan, romano, or a mix. The cheese adds great flavor, so use whatever you have on hand.
2. Can I air fry the meatballs instead?
Absolutely! Air fry at 380F (193C) for 8-10 minutes. The air fryer really makes them crispy, juicy and tasty!
3. Can I make this recipe with a different type of ground meat?
Absolutely. While ground beef is traditional, you can use ground chicken, turkey, or lamb for a different flavor profile. Keep in mind that leaner meats may result in less juicy meatballs.
Stay on Track with Delicious Carnivore Meatballs
Eating the same plain meat and eggs every day on a carnivore diet can get boring really fast. When you get bored of your food choices, it becomes much harder to stick to the diet long-term. Before you know it, cravings and temptation for non-carnivore foods kick in.
This is why having a repertoire of interesting and tasty carnivore diet recipes is so important for sustainability and compliance. There is no reason you can’t enjoy delicious flavors and meals just because you are only eating animal foods.
For example, these carnivore meatballs made with ground beef, pork rinds, cheese and eggs are bursting with texture and flavor.
Having go-to recipes like this is key for beating boredom and staying on track long-term with a carnivore way of eating. When you have delicious new dishes to try and perfect, you don’t even think about breaking the diet.
It becomes easy and sustainable to stick to eating just meat, fish, eggs and other animal foods. So do yourself a favor and expand your carnivore recipe repertoire as much as possible. Getting creative in the kitchen will be your ticket to success!
I hope you enjoy this simple yet delicious carnivore meatball recipe! Be sure to check out more keto and carnivore diet recipes on my website. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below, and I’ll be happy to help out. Thanks for reading!
- 2 pounds Ground Beef (900g)
- 3 oz shredded Italian cheese Blend (85g)
- 2 oz Pork Rinds (55g)
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/3 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 360F / 180C. Mix the ingredients and form small balls.
- Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes – or until the meatballs are browned. You can flip them halfway through cooking. Enjoy!
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