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27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

Louise Hendon | March 7

From pork to beef to chicken to kale, meatballs are incredibly versatile, making them a dream for AIP folks! We’ve put together a list of our favorite 27 AIP meatball recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers for the whole family.

Meatballs are an easy way to enjoy a protein-rich boost of flavor without any pesky irritants. From nutrient-packed kale and bacon meatballs to spicy Asian beef meatballs with ginger, basil, and coconut, you’re sure to find a weeknight AIP meatball dinner winner on this list!

Here are just a few of the 27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes we’ve included:

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27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

Chicken AIP Meatballs

Spinach Basil Chicken Meatballs Recipe With Plum Balsamic Sauce

– Paleo Flourish

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

Ingredients: chicken breasts, spinach, salt, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, avocado oil, plums, balsamic vinegar, honey, water.

In my opinion, basil is one of the most aromatic herbs you can use and it adds freshness to a multitude of recipes. These tasty meatballs would grace any table at dinner time and don’t take very long to prepare. They can also be helpful if your kids don’t eat vegetables, as you can hide the spinach in the mixture. These are just as good warm or cold and make great party food too!

BBQ Chicken Meatballs

– Autoimmune Wellness

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground chicken, AIP-friendly barbecue sauce, cilantro, red onion, cooking fat.

These meatballs are so easy to make and are little bites of big flavor, thanks to the barbecue sauce. Using a red onion gives the meatballs a slight sweetness and milder onion flavor than using brown onion, making this ideal for kids. You can grill these, fry them in a skillet or even oven-bake them so this is a versatile recipe. You can use ground turkey instead of chicken if you prefer.

Chicken Meatballs

– It’s All About AIP

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground chicken, green onions, sage, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic.

By adding sage to this recipe, it gives the meatballs the taste of the sage and onion-stuffed chicken we remember from family roast dinners. These are delicious warm or cold and would be a great source of protein to put in your lunchbox or take on a picnic, and because meatballs are easy to eat as finger food, they make great lunch ideas for the younger members of the family!

Chicken Apple Meatballs with Fig Bacon Jam

– Empowered Sustenance

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground chicken, apple, leek, coconut oil, sage, dried parsley, rosemary, sea salt, bacon (optional), dried figs (optional), yellow onion (optional), maple syrup (optional), balsamic vinegar (optional), apple cider vinegar (optional), water (optional).

If you choose quite a sweet apple to accompany the chicken in this recipe, you will find it really lifts the flavor of the meat and keeps the meatballs moist. The fig bacon jam should definitely be tried at least once, especially as a dip for these meatballs served as an appetizer because it is so delicious! It is sticky and sweet from the figs, but with salty notes from the bacon.

Chicken and Ginger Mini Meatloaves

– Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: carrot, lard or other solid animal fat or palm shortening, ground chicken, thyme, mint, ginger, sea salt.

Mini meatloaves are perfect at any time of day! They make a great breakfast, light lunch with a fresh green salad or as a snack you can eat on the go. These taste just as good hot or cold and would be great for lunchboxes or picnics. If you are like me and don’t like mint, you could use a different herb like cilantro or parsley instead.

AIP Orange Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

– AIP Lifestyle

Ingredients: ground chicken, green onions, orange zest, salt, orange juice, ginger, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, garlic, honey.

When I first tried this recipe, it brought back memories of teriyaki dishes I had tasted in restaurants, and it would be perfect served as an appetizer for an Asian-themed dinner. The ginger and garlic combination is set off well by the orange and there is a gentle sweetness from the honey, giving the meatballs a true teriyaki taste!

Moroccan Sweet Potato Meatballs

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: ground chicken or turkey, white sweet potato, garlic, coconut aminos, lemon zest, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, dried turmeric, cloves, cilantro.

Cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and lemon are all traditionally used in Turkish cuisine so these chicken meatballs have a really authentic flavor, but if you are just starting on the AIP route, you can miss out the cumin. This recipe calls for quite a few spices, but don’t worry if you don’t have them all – just use what you have! These make a lovely light lunch served with a fresh salad.

Beef AIP Meatballs

Anti-Inflammatory Meatballs

– Grazed & Enthused

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground beef, lime zest, cilantro, garlic, ginger, sea salt.

Garlic and ginger are the classic combination used in many Asian dishes and have both been proven to aid with inflammatory diseases and conditions such as arthritis. This recipe uses ground beef, but I have also tried this with ground turkey and pork, both of which are also delicious. These meatballs can be frozen, so you can batch-cook them and thaw out as many as you need.

AIP-Friendly “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

– The Paleo Mom

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground beef, salt, oregano, summer squash, garlic, mushrooms, black olives, bacon, basil.

Spaghetti and meatballs is another go-to meal for many students and were served in our house for a Friday night teatime treat, so why not give this healthy option a try! When you are forming the tasty meatballs you might find it easier to do if you wet your hands first and you really will taste the difference if you decide to add the olives as they give the dish another level of richness.

Italian Meatballs

– Gutsy by Nature

Ingredients: yuca, ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic cloves, dried oregano, salt, coconut oil.

This recipe calls for yucca, which can be difficult to source depending on where you live, so white sweet potato could be used as an alternative, without changing the flavor too much. The garlic and oregano give these tasty meatballs a real flavor of Italy and, if you are serving these as a main, could be teamed up with your favorite sauce and vegetable noodles.

Greek Meatballs

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: ground beef, pork or lamb, red onion, garlic, parsley, mint, dried oregano, lemon juice, kalamata olives (optional).

If you like the flavors of Mediterranean cooking, with its rich tastes and use of herbs and spices, these are bound to please! They are great served with an AIP tzatziki to dip them in or on a bed of cauliflower rice for a hearty meal. The kalamata olives are quite salty, but are well worth adding to boost the flavor of the meatballs.

Popcorn Meatballs

– Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Ingredients: ground beef, sea salt, garlic powder, tapioca flour, turmeric, gelatin, water, cooking fat.

You might think that deep-frying meatballs is a bit too much, but once you taste them and enjoy the crispy, crunchy coating, you will agree that as a special treat, they are well worth making! These would be perfect for a party, served with a dip of your choice to dunk them in! These also have the added health benefit of gelatine, which is great for strong nails and to ease joint pain.

Citrus Herb Meatballs

– Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Ingredients: ground beef, red onion, rosemary, thyme, sea salt, lemon juice, garlic powder.

Sometimes meat dishes can lack freshness, so when you try these delicious meatballs you will be surprised how fresh they taste because of the lemon and herbs. These would make a wonderful light lunch on their own or as a more substantial main served with zucchini noodles. The mix of herbs used would also work well with ground pork as an alternative to beef.

Beef, Bacon & Kale Meatball

– Fresh Tart

Ingredients: ground beef, gelatin (optional), arrowroot starch or tapioca starch, sea salt, black pepper (omit), bacon, kale, leek, garlic.

Meatballs can be the ideal way to encourage the whole family to eat healthily, as even the children will be keen to tuck into these, and if you chop the kale real small, they won’t even notice! These tasty meatballs have bacon through them which can help to stop the beef from drying out. These can be stored in the freezer, so you will have a supply ready for dinner after a busy day.

Meatballs with Nomato Sauce

– A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, ground beef, ground bison, mushrooms, parsley, garlic, sea salt, Nomato Sauce.

As with most nightshade-free sauces, this one uses beets for color and the sauce is tangy with a little sweet note from the butternut squash. It makes the ideal partner for these tasty meatballs and would also make a wonderful pizza sauce. The meatballs would be great served over zucchini noodles or thin strips of any other vegetable you like.

Asian Meatballs

– Joy Filled Nourishment

Ingredients: ground beef, ginger, coconut aminos, fish sauce, garlic, orange juice, orange zest, yellow onion, basil.

The meatballs in this recipe get their Asian influence from garlic, ginger and fish sauce, giving them real authentic flavors. They also contain fresh basil which must be one of the most favorite aromatic herbs in use today! These can be used as an appetizer or a light lunch, but they taste so good cold that you could even use them for lunchboxes or to eat on the go.

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Pork AIP Meatballs

Pizza Meatballs

– Meatified

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: bacon, ground pork, red onion, black olives, water, yeast (optional), Italian seasoning, sea salt.

These little meaty bites have all the flavors of a good pizza but without all the nightshades! This is a fabulous way to make a tasty lunch with a dipping sauce, or as a main with vegetable noodles. However, if you make the meatballs into bite-size pieces, you can serve them as finger food for a party too. You will find that the bacon helps keep them moist and sumptuous.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Alfredo with Apple Sage Meatballs

– Fed and Fulfilled

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground pork or turkey, onion, garlic, sage, maple syrup, dried thyme, ginger, cinnamon, apple, sea salt, cauliflower, pumpkin, white sweet potatoes, coconut milk, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar.

As you know, traditional alfredo sauce is made with heavy cream and cheese, but this one avoids the dairy and uses no nightshades, but gives you a rich and savory sauce which is great with meatballs and vegetable pasta. The apple in the meatballs helps to avoid the meat becoming too dry and you can use different ground meats if you prefer. Serve these with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

Baked Swedish Meatballs in Gravy

– Meatified

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: beef broth, powdered gelatin, coconut oil or avocado oil, onion, coconut milk, white sweet potato, ground beef, ground pork, salt, mace.

The Swedes sure do like their meatballs! You can find them raw or pre-cooked in many stores in Sweden and they are often served as street food. Their consistency is lighter than some but full of flavor. This recipe is so close to the traditional meatballs it’s hard to tell the difference! Served with the rich and flavorful gravy and mash, you have a plate of good, honest comfort food to enjoy!

Pork Stuffing Meatballs

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: ground pork, onion, zucchini, celery, dried cranberries, garlic, sea salt, dried sage, dried ground thyme, dried marjoram, dried rosemary.

Pork and herbs go so well together in stuffing mixtures that I am surprised I had never thought of using them to make meatballs before! This recipe uses dried cranberries, so these would be perfect served at a holiday meal or as party food for over the festive season when you might have extra mouths to feed. These can be stored in the fridge, or frozen for using later.

Anything Goes’ Meatballs

– Joanna Frankham

Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, parsley, silver-beet or chard, salt, fat.

Here is another very adaptable recipe that gives you the basic instructions for making meatballs, but it is up to you what ingredients you use! You can experiment with different meats, herbs, and added vegetables, which can be helpful to make the meat go further if you are catering on a budget, and you can serve these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, picnics, and parties! These can even be served in soups or with a sauce over pasta.

Pork and Apple Meatballs with Ginger Sauce and Daikon “Noodles”

– Salixisme

Ingredients: ground pork, onion, garlic, apple, ginger, sage, sea salt, carrots, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, green onions, avocado oil, daikon, coconut oil.

Pork and apple are perfect together in these meatballs as the apple lends great flavor to the meat and keeps it moist. If you are in the UK or Europe, daikon radishes will probably be called mooli and they can be found quite easily. They are milder than the red ones we are used to and are easy to cut with a spiralizer or grater. Together with the ginger sauce, these meatballs make a satisfying meal with gentle heat for a cold day.

Lamb AIP Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs in Roasted Root Sauce

– Autoimmune Wellness

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: coconut oil or other solid fat, red beets, yellow beets, carrots, garlic, chicken bone broth, lemon juice, sea salt, ground lamb, lemon zest, dill, horseradish.

Lamb and citrus go hand in hand in this recipe to give you a meaty but fresh portion of meatballs in a rich, flavorful vegetable sauce. These look amazing and would be a very impressive meal to serve to friends and family alike. You could even make the sauce in advance to cut down on preparation time. These can be served with green vegetables or over cauliflower rice or vegetable noodles.

Greek Meatballs with Roasted Grapes & Parsnip Puree

– Grazed & Enthused

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: black olives or Kalamata olives, ground lamb, coconut flour, dried oregano, red grapes, parsnips, broth, sea salt.

Roasting grapes brings out their sweetness, making them a wonderful addition to this meal! They sit well with lamb and are a great contrast to the earthy tones of the parsnip purée. They also make a great addition to a green salad. If you are adding the olives in this recipe, you might find you don’t need added salt as they carry their own saltiness, so I recommend you taste before you add any extra.

Herbed Persian Meatballs with Apricots

– Meatified

27 Marvelous AIP Meatball Recipes

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Ingredients: ground lamb or ground beef, onion, garlic, dried apricots, Persian Seasoning, sea salt, avocado oil (optional), beef tallow or lamb tallow (optional).

Apricots are very commonly used in Persian or Iranian cookery and they add their own level of sweetness to the meat. They go very well with beef, lamb or pork and can give a welcome fruity lift to the flavor of the meatballs. These ones are shallow-fried, but could easily be made for the grill by shaping the meat mixture around a wooden stick that you have previously soaked.

AIP Paleo Greek Inspired Meatballs Recipe

– Paleo Cajun Lady

Ingredients: ground lamb or beef, red onion, garlic, parsley, Kalamata olives, lemon zest, oregano, salt.

Here is another Mediterranean-inspired recipe for tasty meatballs that use kalamata olives for a more traditional flavor. Like most meatball recipes, this one is quite quick to prepare so these would be a great appetizer for a dinner party as you could make them ahead of time and re-heat as needed. These would be good served on their own or with an AIP-friendly hummus.

Orange Tarragon Lamb Meatballs with Carrot Mash

– Whole Life, Full Soul

Ingredients: ground lamb, tarragon, orange zest, orange juice, sea salt, clove, carrots, thyme, olive oil.

This whole meal is packed with zesty citrus flavors, adding a lovely fresh note to the dish, and you will be surprised how well orange and carrot go together! The tarragon gives an aniseed flavor to the lamb, which is reminiscent of Turkish or Moroccan cuisine, where you also find citrus and lamb combinations. The carrot mash can either be used to serve on the plate, or it could be used as a dip.