These low carb meatballs are, in fact, zero carbs! Made with only two main ingredients, ground beef and eggs, they are super easy to prepare, and that’s why they are also called “lazy meatballs.”
To prepare the meatballs you simply combine the meat and eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, make them into balls, and bake for 30 minutes! Rich in protein and fat, these low carb meatballs from Sarah of CJ’s Keto Kitchen are surprisingly delicious!
The meatballs are also very suitable for the carnivore diet which is becoming a bit of a trend according to comments I see in some of the online health groups. They are also suitable for a keto or Paleo diet.
Related reading: Is The Carnivore Diet Better than Keto for Weight Loss?
For best results you need to use ground grass-fed beef that is 20% fat. Together with the eggs it’s the fat content that holds the meat together and makes them tender. Minimal handling of the mixture also helps to keep them tender.
Related reading: What’s So Good About Grass-Fed Meat?
You can use other meat if you prefer. A mixture of beef and pork works well but you could make them with lamb, veal, turkey or chicken too but they tend to be a bit drier when the fat content is lower.
Sarah uses a tablespoon and a half cookie baller to measure out the meatballs but you can use two spoons just as easily. Looks like the mixture made 36 balls.
How to serve
CJ taste tested them at the end. He had them plain with three fried eggs as they were trying out the Beef, Bacon, Butter and Eggs Carnivore Diet. He said he’d really rather have them with a sauce. I don’t blame him, I would too!
So, if you’re not followings a carnivore diet, then you could easily serve them with a keto-friendly sauce of some sort but then they would not be zero carb of course. It just depends on your own preference.
I tweaked the original recipe ingredients, as I usually do, to specify grass-fed beef and organic or pastured eggs. Sarah did not say anything about that in the video or in her recipe instructions but as they were trying out the Beef, Bacon, Butter and Eggs Carnivore Diet it’s best to use grass-fed meat and organic eggs as well.
Grass-fed meat is going to have a better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats as well as a better range of nutrients. The organic or pastured eggs will too.
Low Carb Meatballs
- 2 lb. ground grass-fed beef 80/20, not lean
- 2 large organic/pastured eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon Redmond Real Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C
2. Combine the ground beef and eggs with your hands in a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper.
3. Use a one and a half tablespoon cookie scoop or two spoons to portion out the meatballs.
4. Arrange the meatballs on a large baking sheet or dish
5. Bake for 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven. When done remove from oven and serve with a sauce, low carb vegetables or a salad.
Here’s Sarah’s video demo of how to prepare these low carb meatballs.