Caprese Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)


caprese meatballs low carb and gluten freeWelcome back to Meatball Mondays! This week’s low carb meatball recipe is inspired by my favorite summer salad – the Caprese. It’s traditionally a simple salad of luscious tomatoes, fragrant summer basil, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil. It’s the kind of thing I can’t get enough of in the summertime, when I can pick the basil and tomatoes right from my garden, and eat them still warm from the sun.

In order to pack all of that flavor into these meatballs, I used sun-dried tomatoes rather than fresh, chopped basil, and shredded mozzarella as the primary flavors.  I also added a little garlic powder to give them more depth.  I considered some dried oregano as well, which probably would have been tasty, but I didn’t want it to compete with the flavor of the basil.

These are extra crunchy (always a good thing) because the cheese melts to the outside and forms a nice crust.

caprese meatballs low carb and gluten free

Delicious on their own, they would be equally tasty in marinara sauce.

They also make an adorable low carb appetizer threaded onto skewers with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and cherry tomatoes.  Just a note, if you are planning to skewer them, make them a bit smaller – you should get about 24 meatballs if you’re making them appetizer sized.

caprese meatball skewers low carb and gluten free

Drizzle them with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt, and they will disappear FAST!

caprese meatball skewers low carb and gluten free


Caprese Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)

Yield: 16 meatballs

Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Caprese Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)

A fantastic low carb meatball recipe inspired by the Caprese Salad.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil for frying


  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a medium bowl, and mix thoroughly. Form into 16 meatballs. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick saute pan. Add the meatballs to the hot oil about 1 inch apart (you may have to do two batches) and cook over low/medium heat for about 3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Because the cheese melts out a bit, be careful that they don’t burn – if they appear to be getting dark quickly, then turn down the heat and cook them at a lower temp. Serve alone, with marinara sauce, or on skewers with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!


Approximate nutrition information:
Per meatball: 78 calories, 6g fat, .5 net carbs, 6g protein
Per serving (4): 310 calories, 22g fat, 2g net carbs, 26g protein


caprese meatballs low carb and gluten free

Hope you guys like these! As always I love your feedback on the recipes, and your ideas for more meatball makeovers! Have a great week Peeps!!

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  1. Sonia! The Healthy Foodie
    Sonia! The Healthy Foodie05-20-2013

    OMG, I am so loving the skewers. I think you just had me change my menu for today! Well, slightly modify. I was already making meatballs, but now I’m thinking I want to serve them on skewers, too!

    And I can only hope that mine will look as good as yours! Man oh man do these look crispy! YUM!

  2. Johan Bengtsson
    Johan Bengtsson05-20-2013

    Looks really nice. Possible to skip the almond flour?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-20-2013

      Thanks! And yes, you could skip the almond flour but they will be more dense, and not as crunchy on the outside – still delicious though! :) Enjoy!

  3. jessica

    I love Meatball Mondays so much!! I am both paleo and vegetarian and I get a lot of ideas and recipes from your blog. I have made a few of the meatball recipes using meat substitutes (once I used mushrooms instead of meat and I have used Beyond Meat “Chicken” that you can get at Whole Foods) and it works REALLY well! I also bake them in a mini-muffin pan as opposed to frying (mostly because I lack the patience to fry anything well) and that is super easy to do and to clean up! Just thought I would share :) Thank you for the great stuff!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-20-2013

      Hey Jessica thanks so much for sharing that! I didn’t know you could buy meat substitutes that could be used in meatballs – this is great info for other vegetarians out there wanting to try it! Also the mushroom idea, will have to try that in a future recipe.

  4. Kay

    Nice! Shared it to Pinterest. Will be trying soon!

  5. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live
    Heather @ Bake, Run, Live05-21-2013

    Thank you for this recipe. Mine are simmering away right now! I did a quick pan sear and then they will spend a few hours in spaghetti sauce. I will serve them tonight with spaghetti squash.

  6. Renee Patrick
    Renee Patrick05-27-2013

    Superb meatballs. I finished making my second batch late last night. Thanks for the recipe. Can you tell me where I can get cute skewers like yours?

  7. Mimi

    Love these! Is there a way they can be baked instead of cooked in oil? I would like to reduce the greasiness of these tasty morsels!

  8. Julia

    These look so amazing. I’m making them for tomorrow night’s dinner. Yum!!

  9. Sheena

    Would this recipe be considered “clean friendly”? I’m still learning so much about this eating lifestyle so I’m researching recipes and would love to be able to make these

  10. Tom

    How would these meatballs be with ground chicken instead of turkey? They look amazing, but i don’t have any ground turkey available.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-09-2013

      I’m sure they’d be great, a little drier if the chicken is really lean. Enjoy!

      • Tom

        Thanks for the quick response! Gonna be making them later today.

  11. Sheena

    Guess no one knows

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-09-2013

      If your question about them being clean is based on Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating principles, then I think they would be fine because there are no sugars or processed ingredients in them. I’m not sure if clean eating would require you to use part skim mozzarella, rather than whole milk – it would work just as well if you did substitute though. Enjoy!

  12. Mallory

    I just made these tonight! They were delicious! I am GF and have a hard time finding recipes that are GF and low carb that actually taste good… Thank you!! I can’t wait to try your other recipes. :)

  13. Laurie

    These were absolutely delicious! Thank you for a solid recipe. I served with GF pasta in marinara sauce. My husband thought they were the best meatballs I have ever cooked!

  14. Eryn

    Would rice or bean flours work? I’m allergic to almonds

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-02-2013

      I don’t see why not – or if you don’t have an issue with gluten or carbs you can just use plain breadcrumbs. Or coconut flour if you aren’t allergic to that. Enjoy!

  15. Karlene

    Can’t wait to make these! Yum! Oh, where did you find those amazing skewers?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-22-2013

      It think it was pottery barn Karlene, but it was about 10 years ago, so I’m sure they don’t carry them anymore! You can find lots of fun skewers like this if you search for martini skewers though!

  16. Sarah

    Adding these to the meal plan for next week – going to serve them with my homemade marinara sauce and zucchini noodles! Thanks for the recipe:)

  17. Shari

    Hi! I just made these and my daughter & I love them. Now we have to get dad to try them. I substituted gluten free bread crumbs for the almond flour. And baked them in the oven with a little bit of oil in a glass baking dish. Delicious!!

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