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Meatballs No Dairy, Egg, Wheat

Dairy-free, egg-free, AND wheat-free meatballs that taste free of nothing! No milk or egg required.

Use this meatball recipe as the base for marinara meatballs with pasta, meatball subs, grape jelly meatballs, or barbecue meatballs.

See all the delicious recipes and rave reviews below!

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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, anytime you’re handing raw meat and rolling anything into 3 dozen balls…

I consider that work. Ya know? 

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Basically what I’m getting at, these homemade meatballs aren’t quite as easy as frozen chicken nuggets.

But again, the extra work and time is worth it!

Not only are these so good, but there’s usually enough for leftovers and my family absolutely loves them.

I think this is my son’s favorite food of all time.

So get ready to dive in, my friend.

Because you’ll want to make these delicious meatballs for your family, too.

Three cheers for mom will feel great!

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

they taste normal and absolutely delicious.

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 boy who’s allergic to milk.

You don’t even need milk or egg replacers!

These truly don’t take milk or egg.

And they stay together wonderfully!

Nobody will even know they are allergy-friendly.

Check out these awesome reader reviews.


“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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These meatballs are wonderfully versatile, as well.

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

Then leftover marinara meatballs make great sub sandwiches on dairy-free buns!

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

Grape jelly meatballs are also amazing in the slow cooker for parties.

I promise, your guests will love them!

So much better than store-bought frozen meatballs. For sure.

We don’t even have a favorite way to eat these because all the ways are so tasty.

You may want to try them all!

See our meatball recipe is below.

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Preheat oven to 375

Makes about 36 1″ meatballs


1 onion (finely diced)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground burger
1/2 cup quick oats uncooked
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon 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. 

Hope you enjoy these dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free meatballs as much as we do!

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Plus, here are more dairy-free dinner ideas your kid will like!

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Wednesday 27th of March 2024

Tried these today for the first time and omg they are so tasty and easy to make! We've recently become a household with lots of allergies, egg being one of them, so finding eggless meatballs is great! And my toddler loves them so that's a win too. Thank you!

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 28th of March 2024

Oh Nicole, we love hearing that! Thank you for taking the time to share. Hope you can enjoy the meatball sub next! :)


Saturday 7th of January 2023

Does this work as a meatloaf too?

Jamie Kaufmann

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Hi Teequa, that is a great question. We have not tried but would love to know if you do!

Cynthia Faron

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

I made these exactly as recipe, only because I didn’t have eggs. So good! It’s a keeper. I served as a meatball sandwich with red sauce and mozzarella on a garlic and olive oil rubbed oven toasted hard roll.

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Hi Cynthia! We are so grateful for your note. With egg prices these days, we think many of our egg-free recipes can help families pinching pennies. So glad you loved the recipe!


Tuesday 27th of December 2022

I don’t l believe the directions have been amended to show that you cook the onions first. I just read it in the reviews and had to fish out the onion pieces to cook first.


Tuesday 27th of December 2022

@Jamie Kaufmann, I just finished baking them and they turned out delicious! Good to know I can make them either way. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

Jamie Kaufmann

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Hi Mary, so sorry. Hubby and I have adjusted how we make these over the years, simplifying as much as we can. Now we do just put the oil and uncooked onions into the meatballs and then bake...per the current blog post. There are various ways to do it, I used to sauté the onions first and that was just an added unnecessary step. I should amend the comments though so people don't get too confused. In gist, these are just super basic and easy. Just a little time intensive for mixing and rolling. Hope that helps and hope they were delicious!


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Can I make these without onions? If they’re needed as a binder, is there something else I can use instead?

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

You can omit the onions, I do believe. :)

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