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My Favorite Meatballs (and they are Gluten Free Meatballs too!)

Gluten Free Meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favorite make ahead, freezer friendly, meals.

Today I am sharing my favorite recipe. The best thing about this recipe is that these are gluten free. But it is not just for gluten free eaters. This is a regular recipe that just happens to be gluten free!

Gluten Free Meatballs

Meatballs are one of those things that I have been making for years. I have tried all kinds of versions, both regular and gluten free.

Most have been good, but it was not until recently that I finally found a meatball recipe we love. A recipe that I have been making over and over again. It is now my go to meatball recipe. I doubt I will look for a new one again. My family loves it and I love how easy it is.

gluten free meatballs

One of the things that I love about this recipe is that it is gluten free, but it doesn’t contain any special gluten free ingredients. So it works for both gluten free and regular eaters.

Since going gluten free I have struggled to find a binder for meatballs that we love. Gluten free oats work, but then you have oats in your meatballs. My family is not a big fan of that.

You can also use gluten free bread or bread crumbs, but I don’t think they work quite the same. The ingredient I have finally settled on that works best is instant potatoes.

Yes, instant potatoes!

instant potatoes

Now some of you might be surprised that I use instant potatoes. Normally I am not a fan of instant potatoes. I would much rather have real potatoes for mashed potatoes. If you love them great. I know many people that do, but I prefer the real thing most of the time.

I have found though that instant potatoes are great to keep on hand for thickening soups. A couple tablespoons added to a soup that is too thin works great. So I almost always keep them on hand to use for that.

Since I almost always have them on hand I decided to try them in my meatballs. I instantly loved how they worked!

They give the meatballs the best texture. I love that they kind of dissolve into the meatballs so you don’t even notice them. They work as a binder to the meat and help the texture of the meat without being noticeable.

This recipe makes a lot. I like that because it gives me plenty for several meals or for freezing.

It uses 3 pounds of ground meat. I like to use a combination of ground meat. 2 pounds of ground beef and 1 pound of another kind of ground meat. Using two different kinds of ground meat gives it the best flavor.

gluten free meatballs

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  1. Colleen M says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t tolerate oats (even GF) and am anxious to try this. I love that I can freeze the meatballs and use them for several different meals!

    • You are welcome. I am glad it helped. I hope you like it. And yes meatballs freeze great. I like to cook them and then freeze them because it is easier for serving, but you can also freezer them before cooking and just cook them when you want to serve them. This recipe will work both ways.

  2. If I wanted to use the instant potato flakes in my meatloaf recipe would I use the same amount of potato flakes as I would bread crumbs?

    • Basically yes. I have found the the potato flakes absorb a little bit more moisture than bread or bread crumbs, so I usually decrease the amount slightly, but not a lot. Some of that depends on how much moisture the meatloaf recipe has in it. I have a meatloaf recipe that I plan to share in a couple of weeks that uses potato flakes as well, so it definitely works for meatloaf. It is also my new favorite way to make meatloaf gluten free. I hope that helps answer your question.

  3. I have been using instant potatoes in my meatballs and meatloaf for years. They’re a pantry staple for me for that reason. I love that they’re gluten free, grain free, and easy!

  4. Charlotte says:

    Hi. Thank you for the recipe however Worcester sauce is not gluten free. I will be trying it but leaving the Worchester sauce out.

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