Use a variety of seasonings to make a flavorful meatball with these Baked Gluten Free Meatballs with Oatmeal, this easy recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Meatballs have always been a staple when it comes to weeknight dinners, nestled in a hearty bowl of pasta, or as a party appetizer, meatballs are a versatile and beloved dish.
For those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle, finding delicious alternatives can sometimes be challenging, but not anymore! I’ve got you covered as we explore a satisfying recipe for gluten-free meatballs with a twist – incorporating the goodness of oatmeal.
The alternative for meatballs typically uses bread crumbs or crackers, in this case, we will focus on oats.
Use these meatballs along with slow cooker spaghetti sauce to make a wonderful meal.
What type of Oatmeal should you use for Gluten-Free Meatballs?
Oats themselves are technically gluten-free; however, cross-contamination is a common concern. Oats are often processed in facilities that also handle wheat, barley, and rye – grains that contain gluten.
This cross-contamination can occur during harvesting, transportation, and processing, which is why oats being gluten-free is so controversial.
To ensure oats are gluten-free, it’s essential to look for certified gluten-free oats. These oats are grown and processed in dedicated facilities, minimizing the risk of cross contamination. Gluten-free certification ensures that the oats meet strict standards for gluten content.
It’s crucial to choose certified gluten-free oats to avoid any adverse reactions. Always check product labels and opt for reputable brands that prioritize gluten-free practices in their production.
For this particular recipe, I suggest Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. These oats are readily found at your local grocery store along with Walmart and Target. I do suggest using old-fashioned rolled oats over quick oats too.
Tips for Making Gluten-Free Meatballs with Oatmeal:
The first step will be preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, while the oven is preheating it’s time to make the perfect gluten-free meatball.
It’s best to use a cookie sheet or large baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat to place the meatballs on. The prepared baking sheet can be set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine your gluten-free oats and milk. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef Italian Seasoning, onion powder, salt, minced garlic, Paprika, ground black pepper, and Worcestershire Sauce. This combination will provide the best flavor for your meatballs.
Carefully, add the oats and milk into the mixing bowl with the beef along with the Parmigiano Cheese. Once this is well mixed it’s time to make the best meatballs.
I suggest using a cookie scoop that is about 1 1/2 tablespoons, scoop the meatball mixture into balls, and place the raw meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. The cookie scoop will allow you to get the perfect round ball.
Once your meatballs are prepared, they will bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. This can be checked by using a meat thermometer.
This recipe makes a large batch of 23 meatballs, but the great part is that you can easily freeze them for later too or use them in a variety of meals like meatball subs.
Be sure to find the full recipe card below.
Variations of Meatballs:
A variety of ground meats can be used to make these meatballs including:
- Ground Turkey
- Ground Sausage
- Ground Chuck
- Ground Chicken
- Ground Beef
If you want to spice up your dinner and make some delicious meatballs, do a combination of ground beef and ground sausage. The combination of ground beef along with the sausage makes some of the best meatballs.
What should you serve meatballs with?
Meatballs can always be served as-is paired with a delicious side dish or with a variety of other meals.
These meatballs can be paired with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce or even with zucchini noodles too.
They can be served on a bun for a meatball sub sandwich as well. The sky is the limit!
How do you store Gluten-Free Meatballs with Oatmeal?
Once the meatballs are completely cooled, place them in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Meatballs can also be frozen and saved for later. To freeze meatballs, place the meatballs in a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 45 days in the freezer.
When you are ready to reheat the meatballs, place them in the air fryer or oven at 330 degrees F for 3-4 minutes. They can also be warmed up in the skillet on medium-high heat.
More Gluten-Free Meatball Recipes:
These are the best gluten-free meatballs with oatmeal offering a delicious alternative to the classic recipe. They are versatile and the perfect tasty recipe to use for your meal plan.
This is our preferred method of making homemade meatballs, it’s quick and simple but packed with great flavor.
Gluten-Free Meatballs with Oatmeal
- 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Certified Old-Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 Pound Ground Beef or Ground Chuck
- 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce
- 3/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmigiano Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the oats and milk. Set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt, minced garlic, Paprika, ground black pepper, and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix until all spices are fully incorporated in the ground beef.
- Add the grated Parmigiano and the oatmeal mixture.
- Mix well.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), and scoop the meat mixture into balls.
- Place the balls on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. The internal temperature should be at least 165°F.
- Serve and enjoy!