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Pork Meatballs (keto and gluten free)

I’m so excited to share my pork meatballs with you today. They are keto, gluten free and are made with less than 10 simple but delicious ingredients. 

keto pork meatballs


Whenever I am in Stuart for the weekend (which is my where my main house is but we have a second house in my hometown of Lakeland), I visit the green market on Sunday mornings. One of my favorite vendors is Okeechobee Farms because they have locally source pastured raised meats. They also have the best kimchi (made by them) that I’ve ever had. It’s spicy and crunchy and I love it so much. I eat it straight from the jar but I also put it on eggs and eat it with rice and sardines. 

I made these meatballs with locally sourced and pastured pork. I highly recommend using this type of pork if your budget allows it. Happy, healthy pigs result in better tasting and more nutrient dense meat. If you cannot afford pastured pork, ground pork from your local supermarket will work too.

The pork meatballs are gluten free, keto and egg free. Simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry are used to make these meatballs. Among the ingredients used are apple cider vinegar (trust me it adds good flavor), fresh herbs and sharp cheddar cheese. If you avoid dairy you can leave out the cheese. I’ve made them without the cheese and they turn out fine. Just a note – the cheese gives the meatballs more flavor.

These Pork Meatballs make a great keto and low carb appetizer option for football games and it just so happens that the biggest game of the year is this weekend. I’ve got you covered when it comes to healthier recipes. 

A few ides for serving Keto Pork Meatballs:

  • with marinara sauce and zucchini noodles
  • as an appetizer
  • for breakfast with scrambled eggs and spinach
  • stuffed inside baby portobello mushroom caps
  • solo

Pork Meatballs (keto and gluten free)

Pork Meatballs (keto and gluten free)

Pork Meatballs (keto and gluten free)

Yield: 14 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Homemade pork meatballs are keto, gluten free and are made with less than 10 simple but delicious ingredients. 


  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning (link to similar recipe used in notes)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped sage


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Shape 2 ounce sections of the meat mixture into meatballs (see notes below)
  4. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through (160F is USDA recommended for safety). Flip halfway through baking.


Italian Seasoning Recipe - Balanced Bites (I use the recipe from the Practical Paleo cookbook which makes a bulk amount but this recipe uses the same ingredients scaled down)

Shaping the meatballs: I put a plate on my food scale and weigh out 2 oz portions of mixture. Each portion isn't exactly 2 ounces cause I am not a perfectionist. My meatballs weight between 1.94 and 2.05 ounces each. After weighing out the portions, roll into meatballs.

Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is approximate

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 2 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330 Total Fat: 27.8g Saturated Fat: 13.7g Cholesterol: 74.3mg Sodium: 227mg Carbohydrates: 2.6g Fiber: .3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 16.1g
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