How To Make Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs At Home

Flavorful meatballs

A meatball is ground meat rolled into a small ball, along with other ingredients, usually breadcrumbs. Cooking meatballs with breadcrumbs is very common. But today, I am going to share a recipe for making meatballs without breadcrumbs, which are flavorful and super moist.

Meatballs without breadcrumbs are low carb, gluten-free, and one of my go-to supper. I love making these meatballs without breadcrumbs. It is just a hands-off cooking method that requires far less attention and vigilance. This recipe will work for meatballs made of ground pork, ground beef, ground Turkey, and lamb. But, I personally love mixing ground beef and ground lamb.

To make meatballs without breadcrumbs, add ground beef, ground lamb, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper and egg in a bowl. Gently mix until well combined. Then, shape into meatballs. Place them in a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. But, if you want fried meatballs, then heat some oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs until browned.

In this article, I have mentioned a detailed recipe for making meatballs and sauce as well. So, the only thing you have to do is, scroll down to the recipe card and check out step-by-step instructions.

Tasty meatballs

Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Meatballs without breadcrumbs are easy to make, flavorful, and moist made with few ingredients and no breadcrumbs. If you are gluten intolerant, this recipe would be the best method for making the meatballs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 496 kcal


  • I large Bowl
  • 1 large Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Saucepan


For Meatballs:

  • ½ pound Ground Beef
  • ½ pound Ground Lamb
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

For Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon Unsweetened Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


Meatballs Preparation:

  • Take a large bowl.
  • Put ground beef, ground lamb in the bowl and use your hands to mix it.
  • Now add onion powder, garlic powder, egg, cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix until well combined.
  • Shape mixture with greased hands into evenly sides meatballs, about 1¼-inches each.

For Baked Meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • To make the meatballs in the oven, place them in a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.

For Fried Meatballs:

  • Take a large skillet.
  • Heat 2-3 tablespoon of oil at medium-high heat.
  • Cook the meatballs in batches until browned on all sides for about 6-8 minutes.

Sauce Preparation:

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  • Heat the sauce gently over medium-low heat.
  • If the sauce seems too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water.


You can use extra-lean ground beef if you wish to, but keep in mind that the meatballs won’t be as flavorful.
You can also try experimenting with ground chicken, pork, or Turkey.
Instead of the parmesan, you can use ¼ cup of almond flour.


Calories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 2mg
Keyword American cuisine, Meatballs, meatballs without breadcrumbs
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