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Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs

I love these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs, and they’re baked instead of fried for easier preparation. Use Beef Recipes to find more low-carb recipes like this one.

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I’m always happy when I can get a halfway decent photograph of meat, especially ground meat, and these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs that I first posted in 2007 were desperately in need of a photo update!  The recipe was inspired by Oven-Baked Swedish Meatballs from a Swedish food blog called Anne’s Food, but if your experience to Swedish Meatballs is limited to Ikea Swedish Meatballs, it might be only the seasonings used in this recipe that are familiar.

What I loved about Anne’s recipe is the finely chopped onion, that she didn’t use breadcrumbs or serve the meatballs with a creamy gravy, and the way they were baked instead of fried, and when I made these again for new photos I switched out half the meat for ground turkey sausage.  You could certainly use pork sausage too if you want more fat for Keto! I tested the recipe with my niece Kara, and we both thought they were delicious.

Of course not using breadcrumbs makes these delicious meatballs Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, and the meatballs also Can Be Paleo or Keto if you use approved meats. They’re also South Beach Phase One, and back in April 2013 I added them to the list for a new photo, so I’m happy they finally made it to the front of the line!

Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

I used half ground beef and half ground turkey sausage, but use the meat combination that you prefer.  Crumble meat into a bowl and let it come to room temperature. Be sure the onion is very finely minced so it can be well-distributed through the meat. (I used my beloved Cuisinart Food Processor to chop the onion, which worked well.) Add the onions and spices to the bowl, and gently mix with clean hands; then use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to scoop out meatballs and form them with your hands.

Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

We used two different baking racks that we rigged up from what I had in my kitchen, but the meatballs on the wire rack definitely cooked more quickly and browned better on all sides.  Cooking on a rack like this is probably not 100% necessary, but there will be some liquid that oozes out and baking on a rack lets that drip down away from the meatballs.  Spray the rack with olive oil and bake meatballs 20-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and cooked through.  (We turned the ones on the rack with smaller holes half way through, but the ones on the wire rack didn’t need to be turned.)

Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

For a low-carb meal serve with something like Many Peppers Greek Salad or Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

More Tasty Meatballs You Might Like:

Dagmar’s Spicy Meatballs ~ Nami-Nami
Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greektown Turkey Meatballs ~ The Perfect Pantry
Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs

I love these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs, and they’re baked instead of fried for easier preparation.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey breakfast sausage or ground turkey (Use ground pork or pork sausage if you prefer.)
  • 1 onion, diced very small
  • 1 T garlic puree (also called ground garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp. Veg-Sal or 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Put meat in mixing bowl and allow to come to room temperature while you finely chop onion. (I used my beloved Cuisinart Food Processor to chop the onion, which worked well.)
  2. When the meat is room temperature, mix in onions, garlic, Veg-Sal, pepper, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix with your clean hands just until spices and meats are well combined; don’t over-mix the ingredients.
  3. Mist pan or grilling rack with olive oil or non-stick spray.  (Baking on a wire rack with a baking sheet underneath it will make the meatballs cook more evenly and it also lets any liquid that oozes out drip down away from the meatballs.  This is especially important if you use ground turkey.)
  4. Use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to measure out meat, forming small meatballs by rolling with your hands and placing them on the rack as you go.
  5. Bake until meatballs are slightly browned and cooked through, 20-30 minutes.  Serve hot.


This recipe was originally from Anne’s Food, and slightly adapted by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With low-fat ground beef and low-fat ground turkey sausage or ground turkey, these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs are a good dish for all phases of the South Beach Diet, and also good for any type of low-carb diet, although you’d want to use pork sausage if you’re making them for Keto. The meatballs are even Paleo Whole 30 if you use approved meats!

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37 comments on “Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs”

  1. Pingback: Easy Low Carb Soft Pretzel Recipe (Keto Pretzel Bites)

  2. What do you suggest as a main dish serving size for this dish?

  3. How can I make these meatballs more like IKEA's Swedish meatballs?

    Thank you.

  4. Swedish meatballs look quite enticing 🙂 I just saved an image of its recipe will it give a try. Kalyn would you mind sharing some new veggie recipes, ideally for breakfast…

    • Hi Nichole, will definitely see what I can come up with for that. I assume when you say "veggie" you're talking about vegetarian breakfast ideas that have vegetables. In the meantime you can find lots and lots of vegetarian breakfast options in the photo index for Meatless Recipes. Enjoy!

  5. These were very good. Thanks, Kalyn. I love little meatballs anytime. Especially love having some already cooked in my freezer, which is where half of these are going.

  6. Thanks for linking to one of my turkey meatball recipes. I'm a meatball fanatic, and you can be sure I'll be making these Swedish meatballs!

  7. Ummm I'm making these asap! I think I can skip my diet just this once.

  8. The meatballs are in the oven right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Thanks Shirley. And I love that there is no bread as well.

  10. I love that these meatballs are naturally gluten free, Kalyn! They look so good! 🙂


  11. These sound delicious. Thank you.

  12. The original recipe had both cinnamon and allspice. It said a "pinch" of the seasonings, which I changed to a more specific amount so I'd probably use the amount of cinnamon if I used it.

  13. I can't wait to make these! Since you we're out of cinnamon, did you substitute allspice? I want to use cinnamon when I make them so please let me know how much to use and if I would also use the allspice. Thank you!!

  14. Fuzzy Halo, the pan was from a thrift store. Not sure what the original purpose was for it, but it worked well for this.

    Becca, agreed about the photo, but the meatballs are good!

  15. The picture looks not so good. 🙂 But the recipe sounds amazing!!

  16. Looks so good…Where did you get that pan?

  17. Finally a recipe for Swedish meatballs that does not involve gravy etc. It sounds very good and I can't wait to try to make them! Thank you very much for the recipe!

  18. Amber, so glad you liked the recipe. No I haven't ever thought about doing that (I don't think I've ever made a weekly menu in my life, so I'd be terrible at it!) Might be a fun idea for someone, but I don't think I can take on anything else!

  19. These are delicious! I planned to have meatballs with spaghetti sauce, but I ended up using cinnamon, ginger, and allspice instead of normal Italian spices when I decided to use this recipe. So, it was browned diced mushrooms, zucchini, onion, and fresh tomato (just because I didn't have canned) with a small can of tomato sauce, with those spices. It was actually REALLY good. Have the second half of the meatballs in the freezer and can't wait to eat them!

    Have you ever thought about hosting a South Beach friendly weekly or monthly meal plan like on orgjunkie? orgjunkie.com/menu-plan-monday

    I HAVE to make menu plans or I might as well not be on the diet, but it would be cool to see some from other South Beachers.

  20. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow. I had copied Anne’s recipe but was going to have to research her measurements and oven temp as it was C instead of F. lol

  21. My grandmother was famous for her Swedish Meatballs. My mom made them this week and it did not live up to grandmas… This recipe however sounds tasty. Sounds like a great blend of spices!

  22. Not like the Swedish Meatballs at the annual Lutyfisk dinner I remember, either!
    These look very good. I have an old recipe for meatballs with ginger – now I’m going to add the other spices….and skip the heavy cream.

  23. Christine, I must add you to my del.icio.us network. I’ll try to find you.

    Zoe, thanks for letting me know you liked them. The idea of turkey sounds good.

    Cate, thanks.

    Merisi, you’re welcome, and one more thing for me to thank Ilva for. (She’s the greatest!)

  24. Cardamom, I have to try this recipe asop! I can confirm what ZOE’s been pointing out, meatballs with ground turkey taste very good (I usually spice them with lots of parsley, a little sauted onion, salt and pepper, adding a couple of spoonfulls of milk soaked breadcrumbs to lighten the texture). I put them on parchment paper, no oiling needed.
    Thanks for all work you put into your blog to provide us with such great recipes (I found you via Lucullian Delights, for which I shall be forever grateful to Ilva!).

  25. Quite an interesting mix of ingredients in those meatballs, but they sound delicious.

  26. See, the thing I love about this site is that it’s full of recipes that are not only delicious but good for you *and* able to be made by real people with real lives. I had a pound of ground turkey that I was intending to make lasagna out of, but that turned out to be way too ambitious for tonight. I also had a package of turkey sausage I had bought because it was on sale, but I had no plans for it yet. And voila, Kalyn produces the perfect recipe for me to make tonight. These came out great, even with the turkey products and my lack of cardamom (I added back in a little cinnamon). I got 34 meatballs and they took 25 minutes to cook. I ate them with a little bit of reduced fat sour cream.

  27. These look del.icio.us – which is what I’m saving them to!

  28. Lydia, the flavor of this with all those spices was really something special.

    Andrea, thanks. I have been working hard on it. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

    Tanna, these might be a little big to eat with your fingers, and I’m not sure they’re that much of a heart healthy recipe, although not too bad I guess with the lower fat meats. I think I’d cut mine in half when I ate them.

  29. Wow, all those spices really appeals. Wouldn’t these work as a finger food!

  30. First, a confession: It’s been a while since I dropped by your blog. Having said that, WOW you have been doing some fabulous work! Your blog is interesting, very informative, and easy to navigate. Well done! Now I am off to add you to my blog roll, which is seriously out of date.

    Baking the meatballs and misting them with the oil looks like it retains the flavor without too much grease–I like that a lot.

  31. The spices make all the difference, don’t they? I never used to cook meat with cinnamon and cardamom when I was younger, but the warm spices combined with meat are just lovely.

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