Low Carb French Onion Meatballs (Gluten Free, Keto)

These tasty keto meatballs have all the flavors of French Onion soup packed in a perfect sized meatball! They are gluten free, grain free, low carb and perfect for a family meal!

Meatballs are one of the easiest ways to please a family if picky eaters. Adjusting spices and fillings make meatballs one of the most versatile of recipes. Replacing typical breadcrumbs in traditional meatballs with ground pork rinds,  and adding  a bit of mozzarella, these low carb meatballs are tender, succulent and picky kid approved. 

Even if you’re not gluten free, these low carb meatballs need no flour for holding them together. The cheese and pork rinds are enough to help them keep their shape. Just a few simple ingredients and a short amount of time in the kitchen and this is an easy weeknight meal for a family. Double the recipe and freeze unbaked meatballs for another night when you’re short on time. 

If you don’t feel like grinding your pork rinds to make crumbs for this recipe I recommend, Pork King which has a Pork Rind Panko that is wonderfully fine in texture, no crunchy bits that can sometimes happen when you process your own pork rinds at home. 

If you love recipes like this for yourself and family, you might be interested in my meal planning membership. Weekly low carb keto dinner meal plan sent to your inbox every Friday with shopping list. The best part about my meal planning feature is that if you aren’t interested in one of the dinner meals you can swap it out for something else! You can even change serving sizes and the shopping list will adjust! It pretty amazing software and I hope you’ll take advantage of it. You can have a sustainable low carb/keto lifestyle when you’re well prepared and planning meals is the key!  LEARN MORE TODAY!

Low Carb French Onion Meatballs (Gluten Free, Keto)

Low Carb French Onion Meatballs (Gluten Free, Keto)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Servings 4 servings @ 5 Meatballs
Calories 553 kcal
Author Naomi Sherman



  • 1 pound ground pork or beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup pork rind crumbs
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 16 ounces beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Place all of the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.

  3.  Line a large baking tray with non-stick paper and shape your meatballs with your hands.

  4. You should get approx. 20 golf ball sized meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes.

  5.  While the meatballs cook, place the butter into a large, deep sided pan.

  6.  Thinly slice your onions and cook them over med-high heat until they are caramelized.

  7. Add the beef stock and the garlic, salt and pepper and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened.

  8.  Nestle the meatballs into the sauce and top with the extra mozzarella cheese.

  9. You can either broil the pan until the cheese melts or place a lid on it on the stovetop and cook on low until the cheese melts.

  10. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

  11. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Net Carbs: 7g

Nutrition Facts

Low Carb French Onion Meatballs (Gluten Free, Keto)

Amount Per Serving (1 serving (5 meatballs))

Calories 553 Calories from Fat 396

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 44g 68%

Saturated Fat 21g 105%

Cholesterol 177mg 59%

Sodium 626mg 26%

Potassium 652mg 19%

Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 3g

Protein 31g 62%

Vitamin A 13.7%

Vitamin C 7.7%

Calcium 19.8%

Iron 10.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blessings, Brenda

Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman | Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling. An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born. She fiercely believes that what you put in your body is one of the most important factors for your physical, and mental, wellbeing.

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