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Best Homemade Meatballs Dairy, Egg, Wheat Free

Dairy-free, egg-free, AND wheat-free meatballs…

that taste free of nothing!

Thanks for loving these as much as we do.

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While I tend to be a lazy cook more often than not,

sometimes I take the extra time for these family favorite meatballs.

These are a true novelty in our house,

and it’s always three cheers for mom when I make them.

I’ll take it!

It’s not that this meatball recipe is hard.

It just takes some time and loving care.

I mean, what do you expect?

Anytime you’re handing raw meat…

and rolling anything into 3 dozen balls…

I consider that work. HA!

Meatballs No Milk, Egg, Wheat Recipe

Basically what I’m getting at,

is that these aren’t quite as easy as frozen chicken nuggets.

Know what I mean?

But again, the extra work and time will be worth it!

So get ready to dive into some raw meat, my friend.

Because you WILL want to make these delicious meatballs for your family…

because three cheers for mom always feels great. 

Even though these are dairy-free, egg-free, and wheat-free,

trust me.

They taste normal and delicious,

and we continually get awesome reviews on them. 

I love that I can make these safely for my father-in-law who’s allergic to wheat,

for my niece who’s allergic to egg,

and of course for my amazing boy who’s severely allergic to milk.


“This recipe was just as good as my friend’s Italian family meatballs with milk and cheese. Made them for a party and everyone was extremely delighted (especially our gluten free guest and my dairy/egg free child). I was worried they wouldn’t be moist without the milk, but the onions did it.” Blog Reader

“This is a very good meatball recipe. Whether you need a dairy-free meatball or not, it’s delicious! This recipe is a keeper.” Pinterest Reader

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This recipe is wonderfully versatile, as well.

Serve these with marinara and pasta in a classic dutch oven (affiliate) Italian dish.

Or simmer them as barbecue meatballs for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.  

Plus, leftover meatballs make great sub sandwiches on dairy-free hot dog buns!

Now go dazzle your family, awesome mom.

I promise it’ll be worth it. 

Our meatball recipe is below.


dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free meatballs 

Dairy-Free Homemade Meatballs

Preheat oven to 375

Makes about 36 1″ meatballs


1 onion (finely diced)
1 clove minced garlic
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 pound ground burger
1/2 cup quick oats uncooked
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. course kosher salt


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands, just until fully mixed. 

Form 1″ meatballs and bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet for about 20 minutes.

I make mine the size of golf balls and 20 minute bake time is perfect.

Internal temperature should reach 160 degrees although I always go a little over.

Then simmer the cooked meatballs in marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, or eat them plain. 

See our barbecue meatballs here and our grape jelly meatballs here!

Enjoy your dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free meatballs!

Kids Meatballs No Milk, Egg, Wheat

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Wednesday 31st of March 2021

My family loves this recipe, so versatile and easy!!

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

We love hearing that, Abbey!


Monday 17th of June 2019

For the 1 TBSP olive oil you list in ingredients, is that for sautéing the onions or garlic, or does that go IN the meatball mixture? Thank you! Always happy to see allergy-friendly meals!

Jamie Kaufmann

Monday 17th of June 2019

The oil is for sauteing. Thank you for the question, we fixed the directions for that. xo

Chantal Cloutier

Friday 1st of March 2019

Have you ever tried cooking these in a slow cooker vs. in the oven? I'm wondering how they'd turn out if I doubled the recipe and dumped em in the slow cooker on low for a few hours... maybe right in a marinara sauce or in an onion soup broth ... Thanks!

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

We haven't done that besides oven cooking them first and moving them to a crock pot. Worth looking into though, I may look at some other recipes and see!


Monday 28th of January 2019


I don’t mean to sound like a crazy person but do I make the oats just like I would normally? I’m confused on that part. My son is allergic to milk, egg, peanut, treenut and rice. Do you know of any safe oats?


Jamie Kaufmann

Tuesday 29th of January 2019

Hi Andrea, we just use quick oats, not cooked. :) I can clarify that in the recipe, thank you!


Thursday 27th of December 2018

I commented on this about 7 months ago, but I have to do it again. We've been making these for our 18 month old who's allergic to eggs for a while now. They are STILL a hit, even as we've entered our "picky eater" toddler stage. We ALWAYS keep a stash of these in the freezer (one ziploc bag of beef meatballs and one bag of turkey meatballs, all with this same recipe), because they freeze so well. I still can't get over how good they are, and constantly share this recipe with every mom I know. Thank you again!

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 27th of December 2018

Christine, you made our day! So glad you love them as much as we do! Thank you for sharing!

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