Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (2024)

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Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs are a quick and easy delicious homemade meal. Both kid-friendly and husband-approved, you'll never buy meatballs from the store again. These allergy-friendly baked meatballs are sure to please everybody at the table.

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Best Dairy Free and Egg Free Meatballs

Weeknight dinners don't have to be boring, time-consuming, or stressful. These allergy-friendly meatballs will please everybody in the family and are perfect for making ahead and freezing.

Years ago, I learned the hard way that most store-bought meatballs contain both dairy and egg, along with other non-allergy-friendly ingredients. Rather than giving up on meatball dinners, I made baked meatballs at home and simply left out the egg and cheese. To our surprise, they stayed together exceptionally well, stayed juicy, and tasted delicious!

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How to Make Dairy Free Meatballs

Over the years, this 30-minute eggless meatball recipe has become our go-to for easy weeknight meals. They're perfect over any pasta or zucchini noodles!In addition to spaghetti and meatballs, try them stuffed in meatball subs, sliced up on pizza or in calzones, or in soup.

To make these meatballs, simply mix together ground beef, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, and italian seasoning together in a large bowl. Once well combined, roll into equal-sized balls and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes then serve as an appetizer, over pasta of choice, or let cool completely then place in freezer for meal prepping.

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Allergy-Friendly Meatballs FAQ

Can I make meatballs without eggs, really? YES! I bet you won't even notice the difference. They're just as juicy and flavorful!

What should I serve as a side to my spaghetti and dairy free meatballs? Try my quick and easy bruschetta for an appetizer and crispy baked zucchini and squash on the side.

Can I use an egg replacer? You can, but you really don't have to (: I always recommend Bob's Red Mill egg replacer.

Is there a dairy free substitute for parmesan cheese?I really enjoy sprinkling Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning on dishes to give it a nutty cheesy flavor.Go Veggie Vegan Grated Parmesan Style Topping is good too.

Want more recommendations? Join my Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Recipes Facebook Group!

Can I make them in a non-stick pan instead of baking them?Sure! Instead of transferring the uncooked meatballs to a baking sheet, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs until golden and cooked through, flipping at least once. Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to work in batches.

How do I store meatballs? Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

How do I freeze meatballs? Once meatballs are cooled completely, transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe

I hope you add my dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30-approved meatball recipe to your weekly dinner rotation. They bake up perfectly and freeze well for meal planning.If you try this recipe, please share a photo with me over on Instagram

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Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Meatballs

Author: Jenna Urben

Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs are a quick and easy delicious homemade meal. Both kid-friendly and husband-approved, you'll never buy storebought meatballs again. These allergy-friendly baked meatballs are sure to please everybody at the table.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Main Course

Cuisine Italian

Servings 12 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ small onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce optional
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.

  • Mix everything together in a large bowl.

  • Roll the seasoned meat into small round balls and place onto a prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked.

  • Once cooked, remove from oven and enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?Please leave a star rating or review in the form below, then snap a picture and tag me @theurbenlife on Instagram!

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About Jenna Urben

Jenna Urben is the recipe developer, content creator, and storyteller behind The Urben Life. She has over 10 years experience adapting family favorite meals to fit allergy-friendly diets. Join Jenna as she shares delicious dairy-free recipes that are easy to follow with plenty of tips and alternatives.

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  1. Hara Laskaris-Hackett

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (14)
    Never again will I use eggs or breadcrumbs in the meatballs I make. This recipe is THE BEST!! I have made so many meatballs in my life and Greek meatballs are (or were) my favorite. This is a HIT! Tripled the recipe, followed it verbatim and also added nutritional yeast, based on a previous review. This is a winner!!!!!! Thank you.

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      Yay!!! This comment just made my week, thank you! So glad you love these meatballs as much as we do 🙂

      Reply

    • Jenn

      These look great! Just a note on the allergens though- since the recipe has worcestershire In it (which contains anchovy) it wouldn’t be safe for those with fish and also possibly shellfish allergies (because of contamination). Just wanted to call that out for those seeking a totally allergy friendly option they could omit that!

      Reply

  2. Taryn

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (15)
    Oh my word! Delicious! Thank you🩷

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      I'm so happy to hear that, thank you!

      Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      I'm so happy to hear that 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  3. S.

    Was out of thyme so left is out. Added just a sprinkle of gluten free bread crumbs. Very tasty.

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      Sounds absolutely perfect! Thank you 🙂

      Reply

  4. Melissa

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (17)
    I definitely threw in too much seasoning (ran out of oregano, tried to improvise and failed), but it’s still really great. We are only dairy-free because of my 3 month old’s milk protein allergy, so I messed with the recipe a little. I added 1/4 crushed ritz crackers and 1 egg. Then I baked it and finished cooking them in pasta sauce on the stove. Yum! Thanks!

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    • Jenna Urben

      That sounds delicious, Melissa! I'm always running out of oregano and basil haha. Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂 I really appreciate it!

      Reply

  5. Jasmine

    Hi, I was wondering if I had to use ground beef or pork…. Could I use ground chicken instead? And should I add more liquid to them since ground chicken don’t really make its own juices lol! Thanks in advance

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      Hi Jasmine! I haven't tried using ground chicken but I have replace the ground beef with ground turkey before and it turned out great. Please let me know if you have success 🙂

      Reply

  6. Lilien

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (18)
    I made these last night and baked them for 15 minutes. The meatballs were very hard. I would say each meatball was approximately 1 1/2" in diameter. What could've gone wrong?

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      Hi Lilien! These meatballs are more dense than traditional meatballs to begin with since we aren't using any milk or eggs as a binder. Hard meatballs are often the result of overcooking or overmixing. When combining the ingredients and rolling into meatballs, I try to work very gently and not pack them too tightly. Another tip I've come across is to keep the meat as cold as possible before cooking. I hope this helps 🙂

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      • Lilien

        Thanks, Jenna. I'll try again.

        Reply

  7. Heidi

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (19)
    I've made these several times and they're delicious! Not sure why I always thought I had to have a binder for meatballs. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Reply

    • Jenna Urben

      So happy to hear that, Heidi!

      Reply

  8. Megan

    Hi there! What kind of pasta / bread for meatball subs do you use that is egg and dairy free. Even sauce. ?? I’m clueless!!

    Reply

  9. Sandra Patterson

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (20)
    This is a fantastic recipe. Just what I am looking for, as I am planning a party on
    the 22nd. of August and most attending are gluten-free. I'd like to know how
    long to cook them in my crock pot, and should I brown them first.

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Sandra! Brown them first, then pop them in the slow cooker with your sauce. I recommend setting the crockpot to low for 6-8 hours. Have fun 🙂

      Reply

  10. Bree

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (21)
    Just made these. The best tasting meatballs I have ever made. Thank you for the recipe. The meatballs were juicy and flavorful. I did add some hot pizza pepper to mine. Also I used 1/2 lb. ground pork and 1/2 ib. ground beef.

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Bree 🙂 Thank you so much! Yummm, that sounds tasty.

      Reply

  11. LucyAnn

    Can you put some bread crumbs in them

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      I have not made them with breadcrumbs, but I would imagine if they're fine and dry, it should work. Please let me know if you try it out and how it works 🙂

      Reply

      • lisa hall

        How much breadcrumbs would you use in this recipe?

        Reply

        • Jenna | The Urben Life

          Hi Lisa! I would start with 1/4 cup breadcrumbs first and then as you begin to mix, add more to your preference. Next time I make these, I'll experiment!

    • lisa a hall

      Lucy did you try this recipe with breadcrumbs and if so how much did you use?

      Reply

    • Jenn Kilmurray

      Lucyann- i have been using this recipe for the last couple months- adding oat flour and some hidden veggies like peppers, sweet potato, carrots, etc. I feel like the oat flour sucks up any added moisture. My kids also don't notice that they ate a sweet potato. 🙂

      • Jacqui

        I LOVE the simplicity of this meatball recipe and they always turn out great!! I am usually pushed for time (or just plain lazy) so I throw in a random shake each of garlic and onion powder and a bit of coconut aminos...quick and easy peasy and delicious!! Great for picnics and road trips and the whole family loves them...Big win! Thanks so much for sharing this simple but tasty recipe.

        Reply

        • Jenna | The Urben Life

          Yay 🙂 I'm so happy to hear that! I love how simple this recipe is too. One of our all time favorites.

  12. Vera

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (22)
    So delicious! My daughter can’t eat gluten, egg or dairy so was looking for alternatives, These are a winner for everyone in our household.

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    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      I'm thrilled to hear that, Vera 🙂

      Reply

  13. Jeziel Berrios

    Can I make them in a non-stick pan instead of baking them?

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Jeziel! I haven't not tried cooking them in a pan, but it should work, no problem 🙂 Cook until all sides are browned and each meatball is cooked through.

      Reply

  14. Megan

    Is the onion critical to this recipe? I see onion in lots of meatball and meatloaf recipes, but we don't tolerate onions. Anything I could use instead of onion? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Megan! Onion is not critical, you can simply leave it out. I'll try to think of some add-ins 🙂 Please let me know what you think.

      Reply

  15. Michelle

    Silly question but can you freeze these after making?

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hey Michelle 🙂 I've never tried freezing these but meatballs can definitely be frozen. I would cook them then allow them to cool completely before adding them to a freezer bag.

      Reply

  16. Janna Smith

    Hi - I have some Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Yeast. Would you suggest adding it to this recipe? If so, how much? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Janna 🙂 Oh yes, absolutely! I love Bob's Nutritional Yeast - I literally sprinkle some on everything. You could mix it in to bake or just top your dish with it! If mixing in, I would use about a teaspoon.

      Reply

  17. Kelly

    I love how healthy these meatballs are. It has all my favorites in it and none of the things I can't eat. Hooray!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      So happy to hear that 🙂

      Reply

  18. Chris

    When you use them in Italian wedding soup do you still bake them or can they cook in the broth without falling apart?

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    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Hi Chris! I have always baked them first then tossed them into the soup with the greens towards the end. I will test it out next time I make it – thanks so much.

      Reply

  19. Sheila Rhodes

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (23)
    These sound yummy and I have am ample supply of spaghetti squash to use up! I'm looking forward to trying these.

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      YAY! Enjoy 🙂

      Reply

  20. Brooks

    These look great. My family loves meatballs!! I've never tried homemade ones!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Thank you 🙂 I hope you try them out!

      Reply

  21. Turtle

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (24)
    This looks so so good! I definitely need to give it a go one night.

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      I hope you do 🙂 Enjoy!

      Reply

  22. Jamie Young

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (25)
    My daughter has an egg allergy, so I am definetly making this ASAP! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Perfect, y'all enjoy 🙂

      Reply

  23. Nikki Boether

    Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Meatballs Recipe (26)
    These look amazing! I am such a sucker for a good meatball - I will have to try this one out. Saving!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Yay! I hope you love them 🙂

      Reply

  24. janna conner

    these look tasty. my family doesn't have any allergies so we don't have a problem with dairy or gluten but I'll pass along to friends that do!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Great, thank you!

      Reply

  25. Sarah

    If these were meat free as well as dairy and egg free I would be in the kitchen making them right now! Being vegetarian I can't test them out but they sound tasty if your a meat eater 🙂

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Thanks, I should experiment making vegan meatballs!

      Reply

  26. Ophalyn Lee

    Yummmmy!!! I'm gonna have to try this:) and BTW I love your photo:)

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Yay, let me know what you think!! I really appreciate your comment 🙂

      Reply

  27. alventureblogs

    oh my!!! so tasty

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      This is one of my favorite recipes 🙂

      Reply

  28. Carissa

    That meatball sub is what I need in my life! This recipe is simple but looks oh so delicious!
    I think I'll be making this over the weekend!
    These are the things I list after in life!
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Yesss, enjoy 🙂

      Reply

  29. Jean Lane

    yummy!

    Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply

    • Jenna | The Urben Life

      Enjoy!!

      Reply

  30. Sandy KS

    I am going to try this. I always thought you had to have eggs to hold it together.

    Reply

    • theurbenlife

      I thought so too, until I tried it and they stayed together just fine! 🙂
      I've recently started using a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water) in place of an egg while baking. I want to try that out with this recipe–I will update once I try it out!

      Reply

  31. theurbenlife

    I'm glad I could help 🙂

    Reply

  32. The Yankee Frugalist

    Oh...needed this. My daughter is on a restrictive diet at the moment and can't do gluten or eggs. Thank you!

    Reply

    • theurbenlife

      You're very welcome! I hope your family enjoys 🙂

      Reply

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