Healthy Pork Meatballs

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This recipe for healthy pork meatballs creates tasty and tender meatballs your whole family will love. Have them with rice and stir-fried veggies or with your favourite pasta!

healthy pork meatballs

These meatballs are made with spices and lean ground pork and nothing else! Super fast and simple to throw together on a busy evening!

Tips for making these Healthy Pork Meatballs

  • Don’t overhandle the meat. I like to use a fork to gently mix the spices in, rather than using my hands, because overmixing the meat will take away from the tenderness of the cooked meatball.
  • When mixing with the fork, be gentle! Move the meat around just a bit until the spices have been distributed. Be sure not to mash the meat together as it will disturb the tenderness of the meatball. This is a lean meatball, so the tenderness is already affected.
  • If you aren’t concerned about sodium, add in 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of salt for maximum flavour. Pork is rather bland so grab flavour wherever you can!
  • When making the meatballs, it might be tempting to compress the meat together roughly-DON’T! Again, it’s all about being gentle. The meatball will stay together, so don’t worry about it!
  • Lightly grease (or oil) your hands when making the meatballs so your hands won’t be as messy!
healthy pork meatballs

The other night I had these healthy pork meatballs with my tasty zucchini tomato sauce. Check it out, I am sure it will be a hit with your family as well!

Healthy Pork Meatballs

Kari Taillon
These simple and healthy pork meatballs are easy to throw together and super flavourful.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 18 meatballs (26g each)
Calories 52 kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon or fork
  • measuring spoons


  • 454 g lean ground pork 1 lb
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric optional
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard optional
  • cayenne as desired
  • salt as desired


  • Preheat your oven to 375.
  • In a large mixing bowl, with a fork, loosen the mound of ground pork until loose.
  • Add all of the spices to a small bowl and then dump into the bowl with the pork and mix together with the fork. You can also use your hands, but I found this step easy to do with just a fork.
  • Once all mixed together, shape the meatballs gently and uniformly and place them onto a baking sheet. I used a kitchen scale to weigh each pork meatball to 26 grams exactly. If you don't have a scale that is okay, just try to make them all the same size.
  • Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until a cooking thermometer reads 165.
  • Enjoy with your favourite dish!
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