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Gluten-Free Appetizer Meatballs (Dairy-Free)

  • Author: MamaShire
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 75 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven


Serve up these Gluten-Free Appetizer Meatballs at your next party or Dinner. Can be made ahead and frozen for an easy no-fuss dinner.



3 lbs ground beef (grass-fed if possible)
1 1/2 cup almond or cashew milk
2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sauce for 9×13 casserole dish:

2 cups ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped onion

Sauce for large pan with all the meatballs:

2 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onion


The easiest way to make meatballs is by using a stand mixer but you can also do this by hand. If doing by hand use some rubber gloves and just get in there and mix it all up.

When using a stand mixer put all the meatball ingredients in the bowl and mix, then add the beef and mix. That way your breadcrumbs won’t go flying out everywhere. Trust me on that one.

Once all the meatball mixture is thoroughly combined use a cookie scoop to measure out walnut-sized meatballs.

If baking these all at once you’ll need to place them in a single layer in a large baking pan that has sides. Cover them with the sauce and bake for 1 hour at 350°

If baking a portion of them place the meatballs in a single layer in a 9×13-inch casserole dish. (freeze the remaining meatballs) Cover with the sauce and bake for 1 hour at 350°

To freeze the meatballs: Place them a little bit apart from each other on a baking pan that will fit in your freezer. You can also line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal once they’re frozen. Freeze for a couple of hours and then take them out of the freezer and place the meatballs in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for 2-3 months.

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