Egg Substitute for Meatballs

There are many reasons to want to cook with an egg substitute in meatballs.  Whether you have run out of eggs, or have an egg allergy, there are many ways you can substitute eggs in meatballs. 

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There are endless possibilities when it comes to recipes for meatballs. You can use any type of ground meat you like, or even a combination of meats. You can also add in different herbs and spices to give them a unique flavor.  They have got to be one of my favorite meals that I make, in many different forms.

Let’s take a closer look at meatballs in general, and why people use egg in meatballs in the first place.

Why Use Eggs in Meatballs?

There are many reasons to use eggs in meatballs. Eggs help to bind the meatballs together, and they also add flavor and moisture to the mixture.  They also add extra protein and extra volume to the meatball mixture.

Do I need egg in meatballs?

Absolutely not!  Eggs are not needed in meatballs, in fact I haven’t but eggs (or breadcrumbs) in my meatballs in years and years and they are still delicious.

It can be a challenge to change how you’re used to making a recipe, but believe me, it can be done, and you can simply enjoy meatballs without eggs in them.

Will meatballs stay together without egg?

Yes, meatballs will stay together without egg without a problem.  One tip I have if you find your eggless meatballs are falling apart is to cook them in the oven or air fryer instead of frying them.  This way you really don’t need to move them around that much, although I do flip them when I make them in the oven towards the end of cooking.

Making meatballs stay together is a bit of a technique that you’ll have to just get used to.  Be sure you are adding some extra liquid to your meatball mixture and mixing it really well.

Kitchen scoops can also be helpful for forming meatballs, be sure to press the meat into the scoop hard to make sure it forms a very solid meatball.

If you find your meatballs are still falling apart, try using a binding agent like extra bread crumbs or oatmeal to help them hold together. You can also add in wet ingredients like mashed banana, apple sauce, or yogurt to help bind the mixture. If you are looking for a flavor addition, try using different herbs and spices in your meatballs.

What can I use instead of egg to bind meatballs?

There are many different options for an egg substitute in meatballs. Some popular choices include flaxseed meal and chia seeds. Both of these options will help to thicken the meatball mixture. You can also use a binding agent like bread crumbs or oatmeal. If you are looking for a flavor addition, try using mashed banana, apple sauce, or yogurt.

Substitutes for Egg in Meatballs

Looking to substitute egg in meatballs?  Here are some of our favorites.

  • Ground flax or chia seeds mixed with water (here’s how to make a flax egg)
  • Egg substitute such as JUST egg
  • Extra water, milk (dairy or non dairy), or stock
  • Olive oil
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Mashed potato (mashed sweet potato works well with ground chicken or ground turkey meatballs)

How to make meatballs without eggs?

Follow the recipe as you normally would, but be sure to either leave out the egg completely, or swap it out for one of our favorite substitues.  If you do simply leave the egg out, be sure to add some extra liquid such as water, stock, or milk (dairy or non dairy) to make the mixture more moist and so it will hold together better.

The key when making meatballs is making sure you mix the meat really, really well.  I usually put my the bowl of meat mixture next to my kitchen sink, and turn the faucet on with warm water.  I mix the meat mixture with my hands, and rinse them with warm water when they get too cold, then I get back to mixing!

Once the mixture is well combined, form the meatballs.  You can use a kitchen scoop to help you out here!

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