I’m on a grain-free and gluten-free meatball kick. This is the second post this week on gluten-free meatballs. These buffalo chicken ones have no grain, but are not NSNG or necessarily perfect for a Keto or low-carb diet, because ranch dressing mix powder has maltodextrin. I suspect that you could modify this to use all prepared ranch made from a NSNG or Keto recipe though. Anyway, because they are not perfectly clean and free of sugar, I am giving them the devil rating. If you are looking for something tasty that is gluten free though and don’t care about super low carb counts or glycemic index, you will love these gluten-free meatballs!
I made these buffalo chicken meatballs on a whim after seeing this recipe for them on Pinterest. But after reading the comments on the recipe, where some people said they did not hold together well or were watery, I decided to modify it quite a bit to make a denser meatball. The result was delicious, and the meatballs were indeed dense and held together beautifully. I will be making this recipe again and will test out freezing the meatballs for make-ahead meals.
These meatballs can be made with either ground chicken or ground turkey. I used chicken. The original recipe used 1/2 cup of almond flour for the binder. I changed that to 1/2 cup of ground golden flax seed (aka flaxseed flour) and 1/4 cup almond flour. Ground flaxseed is a better binder for meat in my opinion. I also increased the amount of cheese from the original recipe for additional binding, decreased the hot sauce, and changed the baking temperature.
These mix up super easy, just stir all the ingredients together then form into balls. I made 10 rather large meatballs from one pound of meat. You could easily make 20 or so smaller ones. These are bigger than a golf ball:
Bake them until golden brown. For big ones, that took about 20-25 minutes.
I garnished the meatballs with hot sauce (I used Franks Hot Sauce), Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, and a sprinkling of cheese. Pretty darn tasty, and they were perfect as a meal when served with broccoli.
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ½ cup ground golden flaxseed (aka golden flaxseed flour)
- ½ cup grated cheddar cheese, plus additional for serving
- 2 tablespooons prepared ranch dressing, plus additional for serving
- 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
- ⅛ cup hot sauce, plus additional for serving
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well with a spoon or hands.
- Form mixture into 10-20 evenly sized meatballs and place onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.
- Garnish with hot sauce, ranch dressing, and cheese
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival (Meatball Snack Rule Quote)