These gluten-free meatballs are layered with lots of flavor. In addition to the typical garlic and onion, I include several different herbs. For perfect meatballs getting the flavor just right is important. But just as important is the rolling technique. I’ll show you how to do both!
You may be a little puzzled by the mint in these meatballs, but the bright, fresh flavor of mint is a great balance to a savory meat recipe.
Meat – I use ground dark meat ground turkey because I prefer the flavor over ground beef. But ground beef will work with this recipe too. I highly recommend dark meat turkey because all white meat ground turkey makes for very dry meatballs. To add some extra flavor and fat I include a little ground pork (not lean). It makes these meatballs melt in your mouth delicious.
Bread crumbs are what make meat balls juicy, light and fluffy and helps them to bind together. The bread crumbs absorb and hold onto the liquids while they cook.
How to Make Meatballs
Flavorful and light makes for good meatballs. Here’s how you do it.
Once all the ingredients are mixed together tasting is crucial before they go in the oven. But of course you can’t taste raw meat! So put a small skillet on the stove, heat it up and drop in a small piece of the meat mixture. Cook it through and taste. It may need more salt. If so, add a few pinches. You should be able to taste the mint and oregano, if not add a few pinches more of each. Gently combine again and cook another small piece to taste.
When you’re satisfied with the flavor it’s time to make meatballs. Again no dense meatballs. So try not to be too concerned about them being perfectly round. Cup both of your hands and roll gently. The less you roll them around, the better.
How to Cook Meatballs
I cook my meatballs in a mini muffin tin or a donut hole pan because I don’t like to babysit my food. With the donut hole pan the meatballs will retain their spherical shape. The pan goes in the oven for 25 minutes and that’s it. No flipping no stirring. Better yet, I can prepare the rest of the meal while they’re cooking.
If you prefer to cook them on the stove top, bring your favorite sauce to a simmer, add the meatballs and keep at a simmer for 30 minutes.
How to Serve Meatballs
Add some spicy tomato sauce and some pasta or spaghetti squash and you have a perfect dish. I have included a recipe for a spicy tomato sauce in the recipe card below.
These gluten-free meatballs also make a fantastic appetizer in a barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce. The fresh mint flavor in these meatballs is wonderful with a sweet and smokey BBQ sauce.