30 Minute Gluten Free Meatballs

My 30 minute gluten free meatballs are a quick and easy comfort food favorite your whole family will love!  This is the perfect recipe for a simple make ahead meal, too.  

30 minute gluten free meatballs

Meatballs show up on our dinner table almost weekly.  The kids think I make them so often because they love them but the truth is that I make them so often because they make the perfect weeknight meal.

This meatball recipe takes about 30 minutes to make, and that includes the cooking time.  (Say what?!)  Wait, it gets even better!  These gluten free meatballs are baked instead of fried, so you can pop them in the oven and be free to multitask while they cook.  Does it get any better on a busy weeknight?  No my friends, it does not!

And get this – they are amazing from the freezer!  Just pull out what you need and pop them into a pot of simmering tomato sauce until they are heated all the way through.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Every other month or so I spend a little time prepping a few things to go into the freezer for easy make-ahead meals.  These gluten free meatballs are always on that list, along with these make ahead breakfast burritos, and my easy Italian Lentil Soup.  I absolutely love knowing I have a backup plan when things get crazy.

These 30 minute gluten free meatballs are by far my favorite meatball recipe.  Even if you’re not worried about gluten in the slightest you’ll love these meatballs.  In this recipe the breadcrumbs that are traditionally used in meatballs are replaced with grated parmesan cheese.  It’s an easy switch that makes these little guys burst with flavor.

For you guys who are always looking for ways to add protein to your picky eater’s diet, these meatballs are a great way to do that.  Even the most resistant child has a hard time turning away from spaghetti and meatballs.  Adults too, now that I think about it.


30 Minute Gluten Free Meatballs

30 Minute Gluten Free Meatballs

Serving Size: 4-6

These gluten free meatballs are huge on flavor but short on cooking time. Serve them over gluten free pasta or simply simmer them in your favorite tomato sauce for an easy and satisfying meal. One of my most popular recipes!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix together using your hands until well combined.
  3. 3. Roll into 1" balls. You should have a total of 24 or 25 meatballs. Place meatballs onto a baking sheet with raised sides.
  4. 4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until center is no longer pink.
  5. 5. Serve warm.


To freeze: After cooking, let meatballs cool then place into a zip top freezer bag. When you're ready to eat them remove the number you need and place into sauce pan with pasta sauce. Let simmer until meatballs are heated through.

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  1. Roxann says

    Made this into burgers after doubling the recipe. Great way to cut down on the grains for the family dinner. Very good!

  2. Susan 2 says

    I tried these tonight adjusting to family likes, and they were delicious!! It took me 30 minutes start to finish, great on a busy day.

  3. StephanieH says

    Just pulled the first batch out and put them in sauce and they hold up nicely and taste great! I quadrupled the batch when I read that they freeze well so I can use them over the holidays. I am putting them in the freezer on foil so they harden a bit then transferring them to a bag so I can vacuum them but definitely having them tonight as well. Thank you1

  4. Jan says

    I have some of these in the oven right now. I admit that upon reading your post, my first thought was that i never really considered meatballs quick, but when I thought about it I realized that when I used to make them I would use probably five or six pounds of meat and make a ton. It would take me like an hour to roll all the balls, not to mention mixing that much meat with your hands is painfully cold :). But I used 1/2 pound turkey and 1/2 pound beef and it was pretty quick. So thanks for the inspiration to make them again! And I think maybe the parmesan mixes in more easily than breadcrumbs.

  5. Anne says

    I’m so excited! This will be the first time in three years we’re having meatballs again. Been gluten free due to allergy and just never thought of making meatballs as I can’t have spaghetti (and out here in France the gluten free substitutes are awful). Last night my husband said he really missed them so…, went on the net, found your recipe and they are in the oven as I type! Made Marcella Marzan’s tomato sauce, some rice and a Greek style salad to go with. Will let you know how it turned out – they’re sure looking great though!

    • Anne says

      And the verdict… they were SUPERB!
      My 11, 2 AND very picky 5 year old + husband & myself loved them. Probably made them a bit smaller than 1” (being a metric girl – they were about 2cm in diameter) and left them in a 200 degrees Celcius oven for 15 minutes. Made a huge batch to freeze so there’s enough for another day. Thank you so much for this lovely addition to our ‘cuisine’..! And I have added your site to my favourites.

  6. jerome martino says

    I gave this a try. It so good and I just finish up making all the meatballs ans my home made sauce. I wi see h to share you my recipe but I have no measurement. I just guess and it came out really good! Thanks for the GF meatballs since I could not eat my mom’s sauce or meatball.

  7. Jacqie says

    Suggestion for a gluten free bread crumb – Synders Gluten Free pretzels crushed up Contact me for full recipe

  8. says

    These are DEE-lish! And super easy! That makes extra yummy to me! My family is GFCFSF, so I made a few substitutions. Instead of the cheese I used GFCF bread crumbs. And then I threw in some chopped mushrooms. I bake these in bulk because my guys devour them! Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Debbie says

    Made these tonight for my girls birthday party. We are trying gluten free for one of them and these were excellent. Everyone enjoyed them. I bought some gluten free bread to make my own bread crumbs when I came across this site. They were quick and easy that my 9 yr old daughter made most of it. Thank you.

  10. Shaundra says

    Great low carb option. I ate them over string zucchini like spaghetti and meatballs. They were great!! Thanks for this recipe!

  11. Katie says

    I made mine too big bc I wasn’t paying attention; like 3″. will they cook all the way through if I put them in for 40 min???

    • says

      I’m not sure how long you’d need to cook them for the larger size but I would definitely check them at 40 minutes. If they’re not done then keep checking after every 5 minutes. Hope they turn out great for you!

  12. Paula says

    Wow, these were surprisingly tasty for how easy they are to make. I used fresh parsley but that’s the only change I made. Thank you. Think I will try making a fresh tomato sauce to go over them.

  13. Kimberly says

    We made these last night. They were delicious. My teenager loved them so much, she asked if we could make them again tonight!

  14. C says

    I just made these with minor modifications. My daughter is allergic to egg, so I used Ener-G Egg Replacer instead. Also, I was too lazy to chop onion, so I used almost 1T of onion powder. Finally, I used my medium-sized cookie scoop to get uniform-sized meatballs-18 total. They smelled great while they were baking! I kept the temp at 350 and for the size I made it took them about minutes 21 to be done- taste is pretty good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear that! They make great appetizers and I always forget to add that to the description. Merry Christmas!