These Baked Pork Meatballs are a great option for weeknights. This recipe is sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free, and perfect for paleo, keto, or Whole30 diets. This is an easy 30-minute meal.

plate of cooked pork meatballs

This easy baked pork meatball recipe is on a weekly rotation in my house now. When I know I’m going to have a busy week, I like to meal prep these on the weekend and then just re-heat them for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

They’re great on top of a salad, with zucchini noodles, or plain with marinara sauce. I love that these pork meatballs only take 20 minutes to bake in the oven, and they have vegetables cooked right in.

I used to be intimidated by baking meatballs, but it’s actually really easy. I find that 20 minutes at 375 degrees F is the perfect amount of time.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Most meatball recipes use bread crumbs, but this one does not. To keep this recipe appropriate for paleo, grain-free, and Whole30 diets, I’ve left out the breadcrumbs. Don’t worry, they hold together beautifully!
  • Pork is a lean protein and doesn’t create too much grease when baked into meatballs.
  • The flavors are simple and can be easily customized to your liking.


Ground pork is a lean protein that has a mild flavor. It’s a nice alternative when you want a bit more flavor than ground chicken but you don’t want all the grease of ground beef (see my related recipe for Gluten-Free Beef Meatballs).

Diced onion adds some texture and flavor to this baked paleo meatballs.

Seasonings like Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and dried garlic add so much flavor!

Salt and pepper help make the meatballs savory and delicious.

ingredients for baked pork meatballs

Recipe Steps

Step One

Mix the ground pork with the chopped onion, chopped pepper, and any spices.

Use your hands to mix the ingredients together.

bowl with ingredients for meatballs

Step Two

Use your hands to form about 15 meatballs, laying them on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup).

meatballs on a baking pan ready to be baked

Step Three

Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes and then either store them or serve them hot.

baked pork meatballs on baking sheet

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can freeze these Pork Meatballs, too! Just bake them according to the directions, let them cool completely, and then freeze them in a zip-top bag. Then, when you want to serve them next, defrost them in the refrigerator and then re-heat them on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like. Smoked paprika and turmeric would be great, too!


How long do you need to bake meatballs?

I bake them for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.

What do you serve with meatballs?

It’s traditional to serve cooked pasta with meatballs, but you can get creative if you’re on a restricted diet like paleo or Whole30. Serve the cooked meatballs on top of a salad, with zucchini noodles, in a lettuce wrap, or plain with marinara sauce. It’s really up to you.

two plates with meatballs

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paleo pork meatballs on plate

Baked Pork Meatballs

These Baked Pork Meatballs are a great option for weeknights. This recipe is sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free, and perfect for paleo, keto, or Whole30 diets. This is an easy 30-minute meal.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Use your hands to combine the mixture and form 15 meatballs. Lay them at least 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Let the meatballs cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. To freeze the leftovers, let the meatballs cool completely. Place them in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let the meatballs defrost in the refrigerator before reheating them on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Paleo, keto, whole30, gluten free
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: how to bake meatballs, pork meatballs, baked meatball recipe

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