Jalapeño Bacon Burger Meatballs

These flavorful Jalapeño Bacon Burger Meatballs are everything about your favorite burger wrapped up into one delicious package! They are totally grain free, gluten free, and low-FODMAP friendly, and perfect for a weeknight meal or as a party appetizer!

Paleo Jalapeno Bacon Burger Meatballs

It is no secret that I LOVE meatballs. They are easy, cheap, delicious, and you can make a million different varieties. So far I’ve covered Sweet Potato Bacon Breakfast Meatballs (personal fave!), buffalo chicken meatball sliders, and pesto meatballs (bad pics, yummy recipe), and now I’m sharing a new favorite – these  jalapeño bacon burger meatballs! Because what is better than a perfectly-seasoned meatball loaded with bacon, a bit of spicy jalapeño, and melty cheese? Not much!

If you’ve checked out my other meatball recipes, you know that they ALL start the same. My personal favorite gluten free/Paleo meatball base is a bit of coconut flour and tapioca starch that serve to bind the meatballs together, instead of traditional breadcrumbs, and then a little water mixture of cream of tartar and baking soda to give the meatballs just a bit of tenderness. I learned this awesome trick from Mel Joulwan, who is probably single-handedly responsible for my meatball obsession.

Paleo Jalapeno Bacon Burger Meatballs

Next up, seasoning! I wanted a really robust flavor profile for these, similar to what A1 or worcestershire sauce would provide, but minus the extra sugar, weird ingredients, and FODMAPs. So, we’ve got a blend of dijon mustard, coconut aminos, dried parsley, and green onion that come together to pack that flavorful punch. Coconut aminos have a perfect slightly salty, slightly sweet taste the really helps replicate worcestershire sauce, but you can also substitute a gluten-free tamari sauce here if you don’t have any on hand.

The big flavor add-ins for this recipe are the bacon, pickled jalapeños, and cheese. If you don’t tolerate cheese well, you can leave it out of the recipe and it will still taste good, but if you can tolerate cheese I recommend using a high quality (grass-fed if you can find it) white cheddar cheese here. When you are rolling the meatballs, make sure you push the cubes of cheese into the meatballs as much as possible, otherwise all of the cheese will run out.

Paleo Jalapeno Bacon Burger Meatballs

Finally, these jalapeño bacon burger meatballs can be served for dinner alongside some oven fries and a salad, or you can turn them into party food! Here I added a smear of Primal Kitchen Foods Chipotle Mayo, then topped with a fresh sliced jalapeno and speared with a toothpick to make them perfect little portable bites! Feel free to get creative with it and add extra bacon, a bit of lettuce, a little tomato slice, and the sauce of your choosing (I also recommend my ranch dressing). I hope you enjoy these meatballs as much as we do!

Jalapeño Bacon Burger Meatballs

These flavorful Jalapeño Bacon Burger Meatballs are everything about your favorite burger wrapped up into one delicious package! They are totally grain free, gluten free, and low-FODMAP friendly, and perfect for a weeknight meal or as a party appetizer!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (omit for low FODMAP)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut aminos (may substitute with 1 teaspoon gluten free tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped mild pickled jalapenos, according to spice preference (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  2. Combine the baking soda, cream of tartar, and water in a small bowl.

  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, including baking soda mixture.

  4. Shape the ground beef mixture into 1.5-2 inch balls, trying to push cheese further to the center of each ball, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. 

  5. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes, then serve with your favorite sauce!

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