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Bacon wrapped meatballs

Bacon wrapped meatballs

Bacon wrapped meatballs are a great appetizer or a game day snack. Serve them at parties for a savory, crispy outside with a juicy Italian meatball snack for guest. Top them with your favorite barbecue sauce or ketchup. These are also a low carb keto friendly option for those looking for healthy choices.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 9 meatballs
Calories 165.8 kcal


  • 9 strips bacon
  • 1 pound 85/15 ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • Cut strips of bacon in half then set aside
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the ground beef, parmesan, egg, salt and italian seasoning together
  • Weigh out each meatball at 2oz or eyeball out 9 meatballs. When weighing you may get 9.5 meatballs in the end.
  • Next, in your hand make a cross with the bacon. Place meatball in the center then fold over bacon around the meatball. You may have to stretch the bacon slightly.
  • Place covered meatballs bacon fold side down on baking sheet. When this is done you wont need a toothpick because the bacon wont come from under the meatball while cooking
  • Cook 30-40 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Top with ketchup or barbecue sauce when removed from oven. If using sugar see notes below. Cool then serve.


Helpful Recipe Tips

  • How to make meatballs in the oven? Baking at a high temperature allows proper coloring of the bacon wrapped meatballs. Too low heat and the bacon will be soft looking with a pale colored meatball.
  • Grated parmesan is best due to the ability to spread out better than just plain shredded cheese.
  • If using ketchup or barbecue with sugar added you can add the sauce the last 10-15 minutes of bake time. This gives a sticky flavor and texture to the meatballs. Adding this too early this will burn the sauce.
  • Sub ground beef? You can sub the ground beef for ground turkey, chicken or pork. For ground turkey or chicken you may need more moisture due to the low fat content. To achieve this add in an extra egg.


Nutrition Facts
Bacon wrapped meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball)
Calories 165.8 Calories from Fat 105
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.7g18%
Saturated Fat 4.4g28%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 65.2mg22%
Sodium 486.9mg21%
Carbohydrates 0.6g0%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 13.5g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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