Gluten Free Meatballs

This gluten-free, baked meatball recipe evolved from a Christmas appetizer request from my husband. I have been eating gluten-free lately (see my Hitting a Wall post for more about that) so had to be a little creative in how to make a proper meatball mix. These meatballs taste amazing and are perfect to make in batches and freeze for future pastas, appetizers or a quick protein snack. Using ground turkey (the photos are of turkey) gives a lighter option over beef.

An easy, delicious, gluten & dairy free meatball recipe

An easy, delicious, gluten & dairy free meatball recipe

Basic Meatball Ingredients

Basic Meatball Ingredients


1 lb. ground beef or turkey

1 c. rice crispy cereal, ground to a bread crumb-like consistency

2 T dried minced onion

2 T finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. paprika (for color if using turkey)

2-3 drops liquid smoke

3 T. ketchup

1 egg, slightly beaten

Salt & pepper

Using a Mortar & Pestle to Create Rice Crispy Crumbs

Using a Mortar & Pestle to Create Rice Crispy Crumbs


  1. Grind your rice cereal-use a mortar and pestle if you have one-or place in a Ziplock bag and roll/smash with a rolling pin until its a find crumb. You should get about 1/3 cup rice crumbs from the 1 cup of cereal.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Put meat mixture in the refrigerator for a couple minutes to cool.

  4. Spray a 9x13” baking dish with non-stick spray

  5. Preheat your oven to 350 F.

  6. With your hands, roll out uniform balls about 1” in diameter.

  7. Evenly space the meatballs in the baking dish-don’t crowd! You can use two pans or bake two batches if needed.

  8. Place in oven and set a timer for 10 minutes, at this point, remove from oven and flip the meatballs over to achieve an overall browning.

  9. Meatballs are done when internal temperature is a minimum of 165 degrees F for poultry and 160 for beef.

This recipes makes about three dozen meatballs. Serve with gluten free pasta for a satisfying meal or simmer in a bbq sauce for appetizers. Sometimes I just like to dip mine in ketchup!

Easy & Delicious Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

Easy & Delicious Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs