Dairy-Free Meatballs

These savory meatballs are both gluten and dairy-free, but still manage big flavor and texture. Created by Nicole Lee, food blogger at HeyDear.Co, this recipe is a great option for any foodie with dietary restrictions. Lee says it is important to use fresh high quality grass-fed beef for the best results.



  • 1 pound good quality grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 whole fresh eggs
  • 1 bunch of chopped basil
  • 1 bunch of fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch of dried parsley


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl place the meat, all the herbs and the bread crumbs. Set the bowl aside.
  3. In a separate bowl crack your eggs. Then add the eggs into the meat mixture. It is key to do this separately to avoid getting any shells in the mix.
  4. Squeeze the eggs, meat and other ingredients together until completely combined. If it looks runny, slowly add a tablespoon more of bread crumbs.
  5. Hand roll to your liking small or large meatballs. Place the meatballs about an inch apart on the lined baking sheets.
  6. Set a timer and place the meatballs in the oven for 12 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 and turn the pan.
  7. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes until slightly browned on top. Once finished place a tea towel on top and let them cool.

Photography by Nicole Lee.


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