Gluten Free Meatballs

My kids are big fans of the meatball and I am pretty partial to them myself, but since dropping gluten amongst other things from my diet, I haven’t been eating them when I make them for the family.

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I have tried a couple of different gluten free versions and found them lacking in taste, but this weekend I cracked it!  Tasty, tasty gluten free meatballs that the kids and I both love.

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Chicken and bacon is such a delicious combination of foods in my opinion.

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I made them with chicken mince, but imagine you could use any mince you preferred.  They are super simple to make in large batches too which is always a bonus for me.

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These chicken and bacon balls taste rather fantastic dipped into my homemade sweet chilli sauce!
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Gluten Free Meatballs
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Recipe type: Lunch box
Serves: 48
  • 1kg chicken mince
  • 12 rash short cut rindless bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 tsp bacon fat (or preferred cooking oil)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Finely chop bacon and onion.
  3. Prepare garlic for crushing.
  4. In a medium frying pan add your bacon fat and heat on a medium heat.
  5. Add bacon first and fry for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add onion and fry for a further few minutes.
  7. Add garlic and fry for another minute.
  8. Pour the bacon and onion mix into a large bowl.
  9. Add chicken mince and mix with your hands. I don't like touching meat very much so use food handling gloves for this.
  10. Roll into balls. I made our balls using about a heaped tablespoon of mixture.
  11. Place on lined baking trays.
  12. Once all rolled into balls, place in the oven for about 30 - 40 minutes (see notes).
  13. No need to turn them, just let them cook and wait for them to be ready to eat!
This recipe makes 48 meatballs. Mine took about 40 minutes to cook, but my oven is old and doesn't seal 100% so if you have a good oven they may only take about 30 minutes.
You can see my other meatball recipes (contain gluten) here:

Do you have a tasty gluten free meatballs recipe to share?