Simple Demi-Glace Meatballs

This simple oven-baked meatball recipe is BEST you will ever try! These meatballs always come out juicy, and full of flavor!  The demi-glace sauce is the icing on top!

These meatballs are incredibly versatile, not to mention keto and low carb friendly!  They make a delicious appetizer as well as a filling main course.

Ground beef and pork meatballs served with Japanese style demi glace sauce drizzled on top and a side of steamed asparagus, side shot.

This meatball recipe was inspired by one of our popular recipes, Japanese Hamburger Steak.  Instead of making patties from the ground meat, we took the same ingredients and made little meatballs.  The result is just perfection!

What is Simple Demi-Glace Meatballs?

I mixed ground pork, ground beef, and seasonings to form small meatballs.  Then they are oven-baked and topped with a demi-glace sauce.

Ground beef and pork meatballs served with Japanese style demi glace sauce drizzled on top and a side of steamed asparagus, top down shot.

What is Japanese style demi-glace sauce?

This keto Japanese style demi-glace sauce is a mixture of butter, red wine, sugar-free ketchup, monkfruit erythritol blend, and worchestershire sauce.  The result is a rich brown, sweet, savory and slightly tart sauce.

Any tips on making this simple demi-glace meatball recipe?

  • Use ground meat that has a higher fat to lean meat ratio.  This will give you a juicier meatball.
  • If you are a sauce person, make sure to double up on the demi-glace sauce.
  • Make it a meal by serving these meatballs with a side of steamed veggies.
  • You can replace ground pork rinds with psyllium husk.
  • Make sure to not make the meatballs too large, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches each, otherwise they will be too large and take a lot of time to cook thoroughly.

Ground beef and pork meatballs served with Japanese style demi glace sauce drizzled on top and a side of steamed asparagus, side shot.

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Now, let’s get making this simple demi-glace meatball recipe!

  • Prepping Time 20M
  • Cooking Time 20M
  • Total Time 40M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~0.5g
  • Serving 10-12 Meatballs

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onion
  • 2 Garlic Clove
  • 1oz Unflavored Pork Rinds (2 tbsp if using Pork Panko)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Demi-Glace Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Line oven tray with aluminum foil and lightly spray cooking oil or use a silicone baking mat.  Preheat oven to 400F.

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3) Dice onions.

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4) In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat.  Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside.  Should take around 2-3 minute.

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5) Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and transfer into a mixing bowl.

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6) Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine crumbs and transfer into the mixing bowl.  You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor.  Note – if you’re using Pork Panko, place directly into the mixing bowl.

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7) Combine ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 4) into the mixing bowl and mix well.

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8) Take a small amount of the meatball mix and throw from one hand to another while gently cupping the meatball with the palm of hands to form the shape.  Meatballs should be bite-size and no bigger than a golf ball.  You should end up with right around 10-12 meatballs.  Place on the oven tray.

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9) Place the oven tray in the center of the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes (internal temp with meat thermometer should be 160F).

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10) Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp butter, red wine, water, Sugar-Free KetchupMonkfruit Erythritol Blend and worcestershire sauce into a fry pan on medium-low heat.  Mix and reduce until the sauce thickens, should take around 6-8 minutes.  Remove from heat once thickened.

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11) Transfer meatballs onto serving plate and either drizzle sauce over meatballs or serve as a dipping sauce.

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Ground beef and pork meatballs served with Japanese style demi glace sauce drizzled on top and a side of steamed asparagus, side shot.

Simple Demi-Glace Meatballs

This simple oven-baked meatball recipe is BEST you will ever try! These meatballs always come out juicy, and full of flavor! The demi-glace sauce is the icing on top!
4.5 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Japanese
Keyword: oven meatball recipe, simple meatball recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 Pieces
Print Recipe
Calories: 153kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onion
  • 2 Clove Garlic
  • 1 oz Unflavored Pork Rinds 2 tbsp if using Pork Panko
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Demi-Glace Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Red Wine
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 3 tbsp Sugar-Free Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (1)
  • Line oven tray with aluminum foil and lightly spray cooking oil or use a silicone baking mat. Preheat oven to 400F.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (40)
  • Dice onions.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (4)
  • In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside. Should take around 2-3 minute.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (9)
  • Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and transfer into a mixing bowl.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (42)
  • Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine crumbs and transfer into the mixing bowl. You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor. Note – if you're using Pork Panko, place directly into the mixing bowl.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (10)
  • Combine ground pork, ground beef, salt, black pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 4) into the mixing bowl and mix well.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (19)
  • Take a small amount of the meatball mix and throw from one hand to another while gently cupping the meatball with the palm of hands to form the shape. Meatballs should be bite-size and no bigger than a golf ball. You should end up with right around 18-22 meatballs. Place on the oven tray.
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (30)
  • Place the oven tray in the center of the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes (internal temp with meat thermometer should be 160F).
    Demi-Glace Meatballs Recipe (31)
  • Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp butter, red wine, water, Sugar-Free Ketchup, Monkfruit Erythritol Blend and worcestershire sauce into a fry pan on medium-low heat. Mix and reduce until the sauce thickens, should take around 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat once thickened.
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  • Transfer meatballs onto serving plate and either drizzle sauce over meatballs serve as a dipping sauce.
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Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 179mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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