Keto Meatball Recipe with Ground Turkey, Garlic & Ginger

Keto Meatball Recipe with Turkey | Low Carb | Asian Style Flavors

Meatballs are awesome for a keto diet! At least, they can be if you make them from scratch at home (hint: try my keto meatball recipe). If you’re eating store-bought meatballs or splurging on eating out at a restaurant, as tasty as they might be, they aren’t quite what you would expect. Keto meatballs don’t just happen in the “real world.”

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If you’ve ever made a traditional meatball recipe, you probably see where I’m going with this. Meatballs aren’t just balls of meat; they are delicious little flavor spheres of meat mixed with, you guessed it, carbs. Those meatballs aren’t actually low carb, and they certainly aren’t keto friendly. Don’t get catfished by meatballs, try making a keto meatball recipe instead.

Meatballs usually have breadcrumbs, flour, rice, or some other carb-loaded filler to provide a light, tenderness that delivers that signature meatball texture. When I first attempted a keto meatball recipe, my logic was that these things were utterly useless and added no value to the meal, just extra carbs, and calories. So I tried my luck with excluding the “filler” altogether. The outcome? Tough, dense, dried out pieces of meat. Meatball? Sure. Good? Not so much.

Low Carb Keto Meatballs Recipe

Think about when you bite into a burger patty versus a meatball. Now imagine if that burger patty was the same texture but as thick as a meatball. Not the same thing, right? Meatballs are supposed to be soft and tender, not difficult to chew.

I played around with different things and have found that almond flour makes a really excellent breadcrumb substitute as far as texture goes. It’s my favorite replacement for this by far. I did try using coconut flour once, but it seemed to dry the meatball out and didn’t help the cause at all. Almond flour kept things light and moist.

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Two other great substitutes were riced cauliflower and shredded zucchini; both bulked out the keto meatball recipe a bit while providing that light texture I was hoping for. And you guys know how I feel about my low carb vegetables. If you are trying to squeeze more vegetables into your diet, have a nut allergy, or find that nuts cause your weight loss to stall, then give shredded zucchini or riced cauliflower a try. Just sub out the almond flour in the recipe for your veggie of choice and update the nutrition table below with the nutrient data for your vegetable.

Keto Meatball Recipe with Turkey | Low Carb | Asian Style Flavors
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Keto Meatball Recipe with Ground Turkey, Garlic & Ginger

Keto turkey meatballs with an Asian-style flavor!

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Asian
Special Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30 meatballs
Calories 30 kcal
Author Tasha Metcalf

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients and shape into 30 meatballs approximately 1" across. (If you prefer larger meatballs, adjust for longer cook time and divide the whole recipe nutrition by how many meatballs you actually make to get nutrient data per meatball.)
  2. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Optional: if needed, coat with your cooking oil of choice. Sesame oil would work really well with the flavor profile of the ingredients.
  3. Cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes or until evenly cooked throughout and browned on the outside. Repeat the process in batches until all meatballs have cooked.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Meatball Recipe with Ground Turkey, Garlic & Ginger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Potassium 5mg 0%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Hey babe! I’m Tasha, the lady behind Ketogasm. I love to get creative in the kitchen, geek out on nutritional science, and help badass ladies like you transition to a keto lifestyle. Whether you are healing with food or transforming that beautiful body of yours, I hope you find the resources on this site to be helpful along your way!

11 Comments

  • While looking for my favorite keto meatball recipe, consisting of beef, pork, and cheese I stopped here because I was shocked to see keto and turkey in the same sentence. I looked through the ingredients list and am left wondering… where’s the fat? With protein at 129 and fat at 39 these aren’t keto by themselves. Even if you covered them in mozzarella cheese, the protein would far outweigh the fat. Perhaps swimming in butter or a cream soup they would suffice.

    • Hey Steve! Not all of the recipes I develop are high in fat. I offer a variety of recipes with variable fat content, some low and some high. There are a variety of approaches to nutritional ketosis and I hope to offer a little something for everyone. I personally adhere to the Volek and Phinney definition of nutritional ketosis (The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living is such an awesome read if you haven’t checked it out) – limit carbs, adequate amount of protein to support lean body mass, and fat is a variable that you can lower to create a calorie deficit and increase to eat maintenance level calories. Common misconception that everything needs to have a high fat content to be keto. Here is an interview with Dr. Phinney that might be of interest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkdFkPxxDG8 around 06:40 to like 9 minutes in they discuss fat intake during weight loss versus weight maintenance. I also created a little video a while back to illustrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5caTlPUTUk Hope that helps clarify why you may see lower fat on my site. Have a good weekend! 🙂

  • These were amazing!! Would be good with some kind of green curry. I added carrots and zucchini, but somehow forgot the egg haha. They turned out great nonetheless!

  • Hey Tasha,
    Your almond flour links to Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour. Their almond flour in a quarter cup has 6 grams of carbs yet your recipe which uses a half cup has zero grams of carbs. How is that possible?

    • It’s not zero carbs, it’s like 0.4 per meatball total carbs, 0.2g net carbs per meatball. But the nutrition label plugin I use rounds down the same as US labels. It drives me crazy, I apologize. It’s the best one I could find, but I’m afraid it’s not perfect; it pulls the nutrition data from the USDA database, adds the quantities together, and divides it by the number of servings to create the label… but it rounds down.

      I was building nutrition data tables myself in Excel/Google sheets to get the data really precise, but after polling my readers they let me know it was overkill and preferred this presentation. Since it’s all automated, I don’t have as much control over the rounding. I hope that clears things up. Sorry for the confusion!

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