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This low sodium meatballs recipe is a delicious and easy dinner, loaded with lean ground beef, garlic, herbs, and spices – with no added salt!  They are savory, flavorful, and totally decadent – the perfect addition to your next pasta night.

I added a few low sodium swaps in this recipe (low so Worcestershire sauce & low so breadcrumbs) which gives these a really nice flavor. Simmer in a pot of low sodium tomato sauce & serve with spaghetti and low sodium garlic bread for a perfect meal.

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If you’re looking for a little something to add to your next pasta night, look no further than these low sodium meatballs! These meatballs were ‘next level’ good – my husband gave them rave reviews and a full 10/10! These are definitely going in our permanent monthly dinner rotation.

I mixed together lean ground beef (I like using 95% lean ground sirloin), low sodium Panko breadcrumbs, fresh chopped garlic, herbs and spices, and Worcestershire sauce to make this amazing recipe. I slow-simmered them in a salt-free tomato sauce for 1 hour before serving, but I have also included instructions below if you want to bake them in the oven instead without sauce. Either way, these are a fantastic recipe to enjoy on a low salt diet.

These Low Sodium Meatballs Are

  • Tasty
  • Garlicky
  • Herby
  • Savory
  • Easy to Make
  • Great for Spaghetti Night!
  • Made Without Added Salt

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One of the Best Low Sodium Ground Beef Recipes

These meatballs are a great recipe to make if you are looking for a low salt recipe to make with ground beef. They’re hearty, filling, easy to make, and have a lot of great flavor.

You can use any ground beef for this recipe, but we always use 95% lean ground sirloin, which I like because it has less fat. Make sure to read the labels on your ground beef before buying, and stay away from ground beef that has added salt or preservatives which can increase the sodium content.

From burgers, to meatballs, to chili – check out all of our low sodium ground beef recipes for some weeknight dinner inspiration!

What’s In These Low Salt Meatballs?

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  • Lean Ground Beef – again, I used ground sirloin for this, as I prefer the leanest beef for the meatballs.
  • Eggs – Eggs naturally contain about 60-70mg of sodium per large egg. We try to get cage free / free range eggs when we can. There isn’t any nutritional difference, but I always try to support animal welfare when I can!
  • Low sodium panko breadcrumbs – I found these recently at my Whole Foods and I am obsessed! It can be so hard to find low sodium breadcrumbs that aren’t seasoned, and for 40mg of sodium per half cup, these breadcrumbs are a great low so option!
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Low Sodium Worcestershire Sauce: for that unbelievably tangy umami flavor that bring the classic taste to these burgers!  I love using this low sodium Worcestershire sauce in all kinds of recipes, at only 45mg sodium per serving, a little goes a long way on flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning Blend: usually has thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley, etc. Make sure you get a no-salt-added variety like this one!
  • Onion Powder: adds a delicious and savory flavor to this dish as well, and the onion powder pairs nicely with the onion.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Flakes – I like to add these for a little heat, but optional if you want to omit the spiciness.
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How Do I Make Meatballs Without Salt?

  1. In a large boxing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well with a. Wooden spoon or your hands until the mixture is well combined.
  2. Take 2 tablespoons or so of the mixture, roll it into a ball, and place on a plate. Repeat until all the meatballs are formed.
  3. To cook in sauce- bring a lot of low sodium tomato sauce to a simmer, submerge the meatballs in the sauce, and cook on low heat for 1 hour until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. To bake – heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the meatballs to a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Toss with sauce or enjoy with pasta.

I also put together a quick video here of the process on my YouTube channel!

Low Sodium Dinner Recipes The Family Will Love

This yummy meatballs recipe is low in sodium and couldn’t be easier to make!  Low Sodium cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around salt free pantry staples and swapping a few ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family. 

These salt-free dinners are healthier versions of classics that everyone will love. You can browse all our low sodium dinner recipes. Find your next family favorite!

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Low Sodium Meatballs

AuthorKelly Jensen
This low sodium meatballs recipe is a delicious and easy dinner, loaded with lean ground beef, garlic, herbs, and spices - with no added salt!  They are savory, flavorful, and totally decadent - the perfect addition to your next pasta night.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 18 meatballs
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot or Baking Sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef I used 95% lean
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup low sodium panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning salt free
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder salt free
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch red chili flakes optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large boxing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well with a. Wooden spoon or your hands until the mixture is well combined.
  • Take 2 tablespoons or so of the mixture, roll it into a ball, and place on a plate. Repeat until all the meatballs are formed.
  • To cook in sauce- bring a lot of low sodium tomato sauce to a simmer, submerge the meatballs in the sauce, and cook on low heat for 1 hour until meatballs are cooked through.
  • To bake - heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the meatballs to a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Toss with sauce or enjoy with pasta.

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Notes

Serving Size

The serving size for this recipe is for 1 meatball. The recipe makes about 18 meatballs total, so it is for 1/18th of the full recipe. However, it may vary slightly due to different ingredients you use, so always calculate the amount of sodium you are using at home.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 172IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I was put on a low sodium diet recently and was dreading a long string of bland meals. These meatballs were the second meal that I prepared. They were incredible!
    Thanks for the hope!

    1. Hi DM, thank you so much for that wonderful comment!! It makes me so happy that the low sodium recipes I make at home are enjoyed by other people as well 🙂

      If there are any other recipes you’d like to see on the site, please drop me a line!

      – Kelly

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