Gluten Free Meatballs

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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?


  1. Theresa says

    Yum! you are fabulous! thanks; i am going to try august with wheat and gluten-free, I am excited, and am recovering from keyhole surgery last week and craving your slow cooker chicken satay ever since i have been convalescing! Now I am back on my (tender) feet I went to the butcher and he chopped 1kg of chicken for me to cook satay- thanks for sharing your journey of inner health and recipes. xo
    I am looking forward to making your sweet chilli sauce and these meat balls!!

    • says

      I am trying to tweak my satay a bit as I am no longer eating peanuts and I really miss it – so stay tuned!

      And definitely make the sweet chilli sauce, it is awesome!

  2. Jane says

    What a great recipe! Love that it is so simple and can be cooked in bulk and anything with bacon is always good! Oh, can relate I have one of those ovens as well!

  3. Lydia says

    I made this recipe for my family a few nights ago. Not only was it easy, it was a HIT! Thank you Nicole.

    I used a small ice-cream scoop (a spring-action quick-release one) to make the meat balls. It meant I didn’t have to roll the balls with my hands, plus all the meat balls were the same size. I was a bit worried as I was only trialling this method, but they turned out great!

  4. Natalie says

    I made these tonight, my husband loved them! Still yet to give to kids. Super easy, thank you!