Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce Easy, Juicy, and flavorful low carb and keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon. I give instructions for baking the meatballs in the oven and pan frying.

Keto Meatballs

These Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce are so flavorful and perfectly saucy.  I like to eat them with a side of lemony kale or you could serve them over zucchini noodles.



So what makes these meatballs keto?  Most meatballs recipes include breadcrumbs to hold everything together.  I went with parmesan cheese for this recipe instead of the breadcrumbs to give them more flavor and make them keto!

I love making meatballs because they can be so versatile in their flavors.  I went more Italian with the flavors of these, though.  I wanted to give you a delicious keto meatball that you will want to make over and over again.

For these meatballs I used ground beef, parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Be sure you do not over mix your meatballs or they will become tough.

Keto meatballs

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After I got everything mixed together, I baked them on a baking sheet.  You could also fry them in the remaining bacon fat leftover from cooking the bacon.  That would be really good too!

Low Carb Meatballs

The marinara sauce I use and recommend for these keto meatballs is so amazing and flavorful, you will never make homemade sauce again.  That sauce would be Rao’s Marinara.  I love Rao’s Marinara because it only has 3 net carbs per 1/2 cup serving!  I also like that it isn’t greasy.  I have found other lower carb marinara sauces to be greasy, and I am just not a fan of that.

Let me get to this lemony kale.  It is so basic, i’m not even sure it counts as a recipe.  All I did is throw a bag of chopped frozen kale in a skillet with a lid and some avocado oil, salt, and lemon juice.  I cooked it until it was tender.  That’s it!  I love to have frozen chopped kale on hand at all times.  I put it in my daily low carb smoothies, and I eat it as a side dish all. the. time.

Keto meatballs


5 from 9 votes
Keto meatballs
Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Easy, Juicy, and flavorful low carb and keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon. I give instructions for baking the meatballs in the oven and pan frying.


Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: keto dinner recipe, keto meatball recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 651 kcal
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon , cut into lardons
  • 2 lbs ground chuck or sirloin
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar Rao's Marinara
  1. Fry bacon in a heavy bottomed skillet (such as cast iron) over medium heat until crispy
  2. Remove bacon from pan and let drain on paper towels, leave bacon fat in pan
  3. Combine ground beef, parmesan, parsley, olive oil, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl being careful not to overwork the meat.

  4. Roll mixture into 18 meatballs. You can bake the meatballs or you can fry the meatballs. I will give instructions for both.
  5. To bake the meatballs: pre-heat the oven to 400F and bake meatballs on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  6. To fry the meatballs: using reserved bacon grease and heavy skillet, fry each meatball over medium heat until brown on all sides. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  7. Remove any remaining bacon grease and add meatballs to the pan. Add the jar of marinara sauce and roll the meatballs around to coat. Let meatballs simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve meatballs garnished with crispy bacon and fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition for 3 meatballs and 1/6th of the sauce: 651 calories / 53g fat / 5g carbs / 37g protein

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Easy, Juicy, and flavorful low carb and keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon. I give instructions for baking the meatballs in the oven and pan frying.

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    • Traci
    • January 15, 2019

    I loved it! Best meatballs I have ever made. I’m glad I found the sauce recommended too, it really tasted great. I will definitely be making th it s again! Thank you for sharing your recipe:)

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 16, 2019

      So happy to hear that!

    • Suzy
    • November 30, 2018

    Heck yes! These meatballs look delicious!

    • Abeer Rizvi
    • November 30, 2018

    Everything about this is calling my name!

    • Abeer Rizvi
    • November 19, 2018

    I am drooling over that bacon tomato sauce! This needs to go on my meal plan!

    • Wilhelmina Wessel
    • November 19, 2018

    These meatballs look scrumptious!

    • Milisa
    • November 9, 2018

    So flavorful and delicious and I love the bacon & tomato combo!

    • Molly Kumar
    • November 9, 2018

    This is perfect for my Keto friendly brunch menu.

    • Lisa
    • October 27, 2018

    Hi, I’m gluten free and dairy free. Is there another ingredient you could recommend to replace the cheese?

      • jenniferbanz
      • October 27, 2018

      I would use almond flour

    • Krissy Allori
    • October 24, 2018

    These look amazing! This is the best meatball recipe I have found!

    • Sandi
    • October 24, 2018

    I love that you used parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs for these meatballs…it makes them gluten free so we can enjoy them too :-).

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