A 30-minute, weeknight dinner, this easy, gluten-free meatball recipe is perfect for busy nights. These dairy-free meatballs are tender, simple, and flavorful. Furthermore, they're topped with a sticky, homemade teriyaki sauce!
Keeping dinnertime staple is kind of my whole life jam. No one wants to hear "what's for dinner tonight" at 4:30pm.
And gluten-free meatballs are a house favorite!
Made in under thirty minutes and easy to customize, these gluten-free meatballs are the perfect dinner solution.
Why you'll love this gluten-free meatball recipe:
- Allergy-friendly (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)
- Gluten-free meatballs work for multiple meals
- Dinner is
- Homemade teriyaki sauce is delicious
- They're healthy! Protein-packed and simple
- They make a great meal prep recipe
Ingredients You'll Need
Gluten-free meatballs are obviously a switch up from the norm because it doesn't use bread crumbs! Nonetheless, it's super easy and you probably have all the ingredients you need (especially if you have a well stocked, gluten-free pantry).
Lean Ground Beef: opt for lean so that you don't have as much grease run off.
Potato Starch: this is what replaces the bread crumbs. Potato starch will absorb the grease and hold the gluten-free meatballs together.
Fresh Garlic & Ginger: add some fresh, delicious flavor to the recipe.
Soy Sauce: double check that you have a gluten-free soy sauce (many actually contain wheat!!) or use Tamari in its place.
Coconut Palm Sugar: this is for the homemade teriyaki sauce to add a bit of sweetness to the meatballs.
How To Make Gluten-Free Meatballs & Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Combine all the ingredients for the gluten-free meatballs into a bowl.
- Use your hands to mix everything together well.
- Portion the meatballs with your hands and lay them on a raised baking sheet. Bake until cooked through.
- While the gluten-free meatballs are baking, make the homemade teriyaki sauce.
- In a small pot combine all ingredients except arrowroot powder.
- Bring to a rolling boil and whisk in the arrowroot powder until no clumps remain.
- Reduce and simmer until it thickens.
- Serve over rice with a side of veggies!
Making The Dairy-Free Meatballs Into A Meal
This gluten-free meatballs recipe works well with just about everything.
However, most commonly we use it to make meatball bowls. All you need to do is use a base (rice being the most common) and top it with the gluten-free meatballs, sauteed veggies (oven roasted veggies works well too!), and homemade teriyaki sauce!
Adding some pickled daikon is delicious too.
This makes for a simple, dairy and gluten-free dinner recipe ready in just thirty minutes (just like this Dominican ground beef).
Need to make your dinner paleo (not just gluten-free)?
While the meatballs themselves are paleo (as is the teriyaki sauce, coconut sugar is paleo), obviously serving them on top of rice is not. However, there's an easy solution: cauliflower rice!
Cauliflower rice is a super simple way to not only get more veggies into your diet. Likewise, it also helps to lighten the carb load on a dish. I use cauliflower rice the most when making Buddha bowls but it works as a side dish too.
Plus, aside from grating the cauliflower, it's a really simple recipe (six ingredients and that includes salt and pepper).
A Hack To Cook Gluten-Free Meatballs (No Grease!)
The biggest meatball hack you'll ever learn silicone pyramid baking mat.
You can see in the video that I use a red silicone mat for these gluten-free meatballs.
After years of cooking meatballs either directly on the pan (in which they sit in the grease- ew) or having to pre-cook the grease off before baking them, my mom got me this mat.
And it was a game-changer.
It allows the grease from the dairy-free meatballs to drain off so they're not sitting in it. Furthermore, it's silicone so super easy to clean. Honestly, it's been one of the things I use most in the kitchen!
How To Meal Prep Meatballs
Want to make dinnertime, even more simple? Prep your gluten-free meatballs and the rice ahead of time (and learn about the best hacks to make meal prep easier)!
One of my staples is to always have cooked rice or grain in the fridge (like quinoa for these meal-prep friendly quinoa and veggie wraps)
While it's not necessary but it does save twenty-five minutes after work. Likewise, you can prep this gluten-free meatball recipe ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to cook them.
We've even made them in big batches and frozen them (freeze raw!) as part of my postpartum meal prep! Indeed, meatballs make the easiest meal prep recipe.
Important Teaching Tips
- Make sure to double check your soy sauce to confirm it's gluten-free.
- If you don't want a puddle of grease stuck to the bottom of your meatballs silicone pyramid baking mat.
- Serve the meatballs on top of rice, spaghetti squash, cauloflower rice, or even salad!
- The homemade teriyaki sauce tastes best freshly made. Though you can put it in the fridge, it ends to turn into a gel-like substance.
- In pla ce of ground beef, you should be able to make gluten-free turkey meatballs if that's your thing.
- These meatballs haven't been made with gluten-free bread crumbs, so I can't comment on that as a substitution.
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Since you're not using bread crumbs, you still need to ensure there is some sort of flour that binds the ingredients together and absorbs the grease. Potato starch, tapioca flour, arrowroot powder, or a combination of coconut flour and arrowroot powder work well in most gluten-free meatball recipes.
Adding eggs to a gluten-free meatball recipe is a personal choice. Eggs do help to bind the ingredients together, however, they also make meatballs much denser. If using other binders, you don't always need to add eggs.
You can cook meatballs ahead of time and reheat them. However, you'll want to reheat the meatballs at a low temperature to avoid them drying out.
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Gluten-Free Meatballs With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Pyramid silicone mat
- Bakin tray
- For the meatballs
- 1 lb ground beef
- ⅛ cup potato starch
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1.5 inches fresh ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon soya sauce
- For the sauce
- ⅓ cup soya sauce
- ⅛ coconut palm sugar
- ½ water
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1.5 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- For the bowls
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 2 bell peppers thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Preheat oven to 400. Combine the ground beef and the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs into a bowl and use your hands to mix well. Make sure it's mixed together well.
- Using your hands, portion and roll the mixture into balls roughly 1 inch wide and place them on your baking sheet. The mixture should make 18 meatballs (roughly).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through.
- While the meatballs are cooking make the rice according to package directions and the sauce. Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan except for the arrowroot powder
- Heat over medium to high heat. When the mixture starts to boil, whisk in the arrowroot powder and ensure no clumps remain. Reduce heat to medium-low until the sauce is the consistency you desire (it will thicken after about 5-8 minutes)
- At the same time, preheat a skillet with the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the peppers when hot and saute them. Toss them in the sesame oil and cook until cooked through but still firm.
- Assemble the bowls. Place ¾ cup of rice into each bowl and top with veggies, meatballs and sauce, finally add the green onions if using.
- the serving size/ nutritional breakdown is skewed slightly as it depends on your own personal portions! I find we have leftover meatballs from the recipe so know that the values may be off.
- Opt for lean ground beef so that your meatballs are less greasy.
- Double-check your soy sauce to confirm it's gluten-free as most contain wheat. in its place, Tamari is a great substitute!
- This recipe has not been made with gluten-free breadcrumbs so I can't comment on the portion/amount you would need to swap.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data"
These teriyaki meatball bowls are simple, wholesome, and full of flavor. Plus, they're a great choice for a weeknight meal (just like this one-pot chicken alfredo) and you can even prep the meatballs ahead of time!
Full of tasty ingredients and perfectly filling these teriyaki meatball bowls are a great addition to your recipe collection!