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Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto and Gluten-Free)

Patricia Reitz

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So what's a girl to do when she wants to make traditional meatballs (check out my recipe here), but her husband wants to eat as few carbs as possible?  Substitute ground almonds for the Italian breadcrumbs that are usually called for in the recipe.  Of course ground almonds don't have the same flavor as Italian breadcrumbs so I've upped the herbs and spices too.  These meatballs can be baked or fried, you decide.

I like to start by mixing all the extra stuff together before adding the meat.  I think the ingredients are distributed more evenly that way.  Here you see water (yes water), eggs, ground parmesan cheese, almond meal (almond flour), dried parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Place all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and mix well.


You can combine the mixture easily by hand, but I pretty much use my stand mixer every time I have the chance.  


Now add the ground turkey and mix again.


See how evenly mixed together everything looks?


I like to use a #50 scoop to portion out my meatballs - each are a little bitter than 1 tablespoon.  That my favorite meatball size, but do whatever you like.  These meatballs can be baked (I'd bake this size at 400F for 15-20 minutes), but today I felt like going old school so I shallow fried them in about 1/2-inch of olive oil.  

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Turn as needed until they're cooked through and brown all over.

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Once you have a mountain of meatballs, freeze for later or add them to your favorite tomato sauce (try one of my most popular recipes, San Marzano Tomato Sauce).  Enjoy!

Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto, Gluten-Free)

makes 60 meatballs

Printable Recipe


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup ground parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • olive oil for frying


  1.  In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand), combine the eggs, almond meal, parmesan, water, parsley, salt, garlic powder, pepper, crushed red pepper, and oregano until well mixed; add ground turkey and mix until evenly combined.
  2. Roll turkey mixture into 60 meatballs - I like to do this with a #50 portion scoop (like this one).
  3. Heat about 1/2-inch of olive oil in a skillet and fry meatballs, in batches, until golden brown all over and cooked through, turning as needed.

Nutritional stats for 3 meatballs 120 calories, 6g fat, 0,5g carbs, 16g protein.