If you’re a fan of meatballs, then I have a feeling you’re really going to love the recipe I’ll be sharing today. It makes ridiculously good grass-fed beef protein balls that have very quickly become one of my go-to high protein snacks. They’re made by taking one pound of delicious lean grass-fed beef and combining it with a fantastic selection of ultra tasty ingredients – you’ll be using garlic powder, onion powder, Parmesan cheese, and more! These protein balls are a perfect choice to make when you want a healthy snacking option that you can easily grab and go. Plus each batch makes about 30 protein balls, meaning you can just cook them once and have a great snack ready to go all week long.
The Best Beef Snack You’ll Ever Have
When making this recipe, it’s highly recommend to use grass-fed lean beef. Not to worry though as if it’s hard to come by where you live, you can still definitely enjoy this recipe with regular lean ground beef. The reason I recommend going with a grass-fed option though is because it has a much better nutrient profile than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef contains a higher omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, and antioxidant concentration – plus it just plain tastes better in my opinion. (1)
You’ll want to add your ground beef into a bowl and then mix in ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder. Each of these ingredients will immediately add a ton of flavor to the recipe on top of providing some great health benefits. They’re each an incredibly popular food choice when it comes to strengthening the immune system, but they also help to prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease as well. (2) Along with the garlic and onion powder, you’ll also want to add ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese to further increase the protein and saturated fat content of your protein balls – all in an incredibly flavorful way.
Speaking of added fat content, this recipe also calls for ¼ cup of flaxseed meal. Along with the grass-fed beef, flaxseed meal adds a solid mix of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your protein balls along with moderate amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and other essential nutrients. It’s healthy fat and fiber content make it a fantastic choice for reducing your risk of heart disease while also making sure the protein balls are nice and satisfying. (3)
To round out the flavor of the protein balls, you’ll also be adding a savory mix of herbs – one teaspoon each of dried basil, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Not only do the three herbs end up adding even more flavor to your protein balls, but they also provide a fantastic mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to further reduce your risk of disease. (4) The only things left to add at this point are one large egg plus a bit of salt and black pepper for seasoning.
Roll your mixture into about 30 balls and then bake them on a baking sheet for about 20-25 minutes or until they’re cooked all the way through. You can serve them immediately or store them in an airtight container in the fridge to have a healthy snack ready to go for the remainder of the week. Thanks to the great combination of ingredients used to make them, these protein balls are amazing on their own, or even better when enjoyed with your favorite dip.
Ridiculously Good Grass-Fed Beef Protein Balls (Try these!)
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 30 1x
1 pound lean ground beef
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ cup flaxseed meal
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
½ tsp salt
black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix to combine.
- Form into 30 balls (about 1 tablespoon each).
- Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
- Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.