The Best Whole30 Pizza Meatballs


These Pizza Meatballs are filled with pepperonis, pizza sauce and onions. Whole30, Keto, Clean Eating, and Paleo. These meatballs are perfect for meal prep, family dinner or a social gathering.

Lazy weekends used to mean grabbing a big fat pizza, beer and any other goodies I could get my hands on. I used to constantly view food as a reward. If I was a “good girl” all week long, I would reward myself on Friday with as many unhealthy treats I could fit in my mouth.

Since changing my mindset on food and living the Paleo lifestyle, I have come to realize that I can still enjoy a fun Friday night meal in a much healthier way. Pizza is one of those comfort foods that I crave on a regular basis, but instead of indulging in a greasy slice of pizza, I decided to create an easy, flavorful and delicious pizza meatball recipe.  Not only are these heavenly, but they are also Whole30, Keto and Paleo complaint along with being gluten and dairy free.

 Talk about hitting the spot, these cute little pizza meatball bites are an amazing weekend treat that the whole family will love. Here comes the good news, my 4-year-old devours them and can’t stop dipping them in pizza sauce and popping them in her mouth. I will serve these with some type of steamed veggie or a nice green mixed salad and it makes the perfect busy weekend night or cozy weekend meal.

These meatballs are so easy to make and can be whipped up and on the kitchen table in no time at all. I will mix some ground beef (from Butcher Box) mixed with onions, pizza sauce, almond flour, pepperonis and a mixture of seasonings make the perfect yummy meatball. If you are completing a Whole30, compliant pepperonis may be really hard to find so just omit.I promise they will still taste good!

Where can I find compliant Whole30 pizza sauce for these Pizza Meatballs?

You can find a lot of pizza sauces at the store that are compliant, but if you can’t, check below for my Paleo Pizza Sauce recipe. Not only can you serve these cute little babies as a family meal, but these can also serve as the perfect appetizer for football Sundays, Super Bowl or any other social gathering. In addition, they are perfect for meals during the week. Prep a batch on Sunday and either freeze or throw in the fridge for easy to grab snacks or meals.

Is pepperonis considered Whole30 compliant?

It is not likely that you will find clean pepperonis to enjoy while on your Whole30. Pepperonis are usually highly processed and you will probably be better off branching out and looking for other options during this time. If you are wanting to enjoy these meatballs during your Whole30 just simply remove the pepperonis. I promise they still are super flavorful and delicious.

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Pizza Meatballs

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 18 meatballs 1x


These pizza inspired meatballs are filled with pepperonis, pizza sauce and onions. Whole30, Keto, Clean Eating, and Paleo. These meatballs are perfect for meal prep, family dinner or a social gathering.



Paleo Meatballs

  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp chopped sweet onions
  • 1/2 tsp Pink salt ((if desired, add another 1/2 tsp))
  • 1 tsp black cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp almond flour ((add a little more if the mixture is too wet))
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup OPTIONAL: chopped compliant pepperonis ( (omit all together for Whole30 compliant))
  • 1 1/4 cup compliant pizza sauce ((or see my recipe below))

Compliant Pizza Sauce (Makes 1 1/2 Cup)

  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


Paleo Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine hamburger meat egg, onions, seasoning, salt, pepperonis, pizza sauce and almond flour (add a little more almond flour if the mixture is too wet). Mix until everything is completely combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or a big spoon to scoop the meat. Shape each meatball (1 1/2 inch)
  4. Place each meatball 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake 22-25 minutes (depending on desired doneness). Use any extra sauce for dipping

Paleo Pizza Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium size sauce pan and whisk together.
  2. Turn to medium/high heat and use a wooden spoon to stir occasionally as it cooks.
  3. Bring to a boil then turn to low. Cook for 20 minutes
  4. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 1 week.


 Pink Salt 


  • Category: Appetizer, Main Dish

Comments (37)

  • Do you use all 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce in the meatballs? You say to use ant left over sauce for dipping.

    • You use 1 1/4 cup in the meatballs and the 1/4 cup of leftover for dipping.

  • OMG! I had to make these tonight….and they turned out fantastic!! I paired them with some roasted crispy broccoli. This will definitely be in our normal menu rotation. It totally curbed the pizza craving!

  • Made these tonight and my three year old ate hers and the ones on my plate as well. Definitely a winner!

    • I am so glad to hear that! Thank you so much for letting me know you loved them!

    • I am so happy to hear you guys loved them!

  • I couldn’t find tapioca flour at my grocery store and I want to make these tonight! Do you think arrowroot flour would be a good sub?

    • Yes Arrowroot will be perfect!

  • Looks great! I’m allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. Can I omit the almond flour, or replace with something else?

    • Yes. Feel free to use coconut flour!

  • My son is allergic to almonds. Do you think coconut flour would work?

    • Yes! That would work great 🙂

  • I made these for my whole 30 meal prep this week and I loved them.
    they are so good. I ma so happy to have found your site!

    • Thank you so much!

  • I made these for dinner last night. Instead of 2 pounds of beef, I used 1 pound of beef and 1 pound of venison since I had it in the freezer. I thought they may be a bit on the dry side since venison is so lean but they were perfect! The pizza sauce recipe is also delicious!

    • Thank you Megan. I really appreciate the kind words!

  • I made these a few times on my first whole30. My family and I love them! They are easy to throw together, and the best part is my kids will eat them. I also like that I can make a large batch and freeze some for future meals.

    • Thank you, Ariel. This comment makes me so happy.

  • Yum! My husband loved these 🙂

    • YAY……love when I can help please the hubbies

  • This is an awesome, easy and healthy recipe! THANK YOU!!

    • Thanks so much Courtney!!!!

  • If you’re craving pizza and trying to eat healthier/on a whole30, try these. They were so good. Totally kid and husband approved!

  • These pizza meatballs are the! Totally satisfies pizza cravings during Whole30!

    • Thank you! I am so happy you loved this recipe.

  • These were easy to make and were perfect for my family as we were craving pizza on the Whole 30! Thank you for this new addition to our recipes, we will be making them again for sure!

    • So happy to hear they were a hit. Thank you

  • I wanted to try and make this tonight, but as I picked up my grocery pickup order they were out of the pink salt and they don’t carry the tapioca flour or arrowroot. Would it be ok to omit these ingredients?! Thank you so much!!!

    • Hi Miranda………..I’m really not sure if omitting these ingredients will give you the same taste and end result, but you can certainly try. Have a blessed weekend!!

  • My husband loves spaghetti and meatballs. The first time I told him I was making spaghetti he asked “can you make meatballs?” since then I knew I needed to doctor them up with seasonings, but I could never get them quite right. Well… this recipe did the trick! We had spaghetti and meatballs tonight (I omitted the pepperoni and didn’t have an onion on hand) and they are still amazing! The sauce in the meatballs keeps them juicy and gives them so much flavor! This will be my new go to recipe for meatballs!

    • I’m so happy to hear this. Thank you

  • Hi! I am so excited to try this. My husband & I try to keep track of nutrition information. Do you happen to have any of that for this recipe? Also, do you think I could sub ground beef for ground turkey? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Rachel,

      I am currently working to present nutritional information for these and many others on my blog. Check back…..thanks so much for your comments.

  • I just made this. Was craving pizza and spaghetti. Couldn’t decide which to make….so I made these. OMG!
    These are fabulous!

    • So happy to hear this Lori. Thank you

  • You advised people in this comment section that they could sub out the tapioca flour in this recipe, but I don’t see tapioca flour in the ingredients or directions. I’m confused.

    • Not sure what you are referring to. I would just go by my recipe above.


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