Easy Beef Heart Meatballs

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Beef heart meatballs have been my number one beef heart recipe for years. It’s the ultimate in ease, taste, and aesthetic. These meatballs are undoubtedly one of my family’s favorite organ meat recipes that we actually want to eat. They are a great option for those interested in zero-fiber carnivore diet recipes too!

Organ meats provide many health benefits and are very affordable foods. They are not to be missed!

I came up with the concept of using ground beef heart mixed in with ground beef during the recipe testing for my first cookbook. Once ground, beef heart flawlessly blends into any ground beef recipe. Our family favorites are “Mama’s Best Meatballs,” “Cheesy Meat Pie,” and “Beef Heart Burgers” all from The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook.

Is Beef Heart Good for You?

Beef heart is a very viable source of nutrition. Not only does it provide affordable and bioavailable amino acids and fat-soluble vitamins, but also nutrients like zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10.

There are many benefits of organ meats and heart is no exception.

In just 4 easy steps and 3 simple ingredients, you can make a delicious, servable low-carb meal for the whole family.

Beef Heart Macros

Beef heart is notoriously lean. Depending on your body composition and macro goals, you may want to add butter, fried suet, avocado, a low-carb sauce, or another source of fat to the meal. 

One way to increase the fat is to stuff each ball with a one-ounce cube of mozzarella cheese before baking.

According to fatsecret, there are 32 calories in 1 ounce of beef heart. Macros include 5 g protein and only 1 g fat per ounce. There is no carbohydrate.

How do You Cook Beef Heart?

Although some call beef heart an organ, it’s really closer to a muscle. This is true not only in its biological function but also in the way it cooks and tastes.

The most common way I prepare organs is by having them ground and adding into ground beef.

This disguises any odd appearance, subdues the flavor, and above all, makes them super versatile to work with. Once the ground organ is mixed into ground beef, you can substitute the blend in any one of your favorite ground beef recipes.

More Beef Heart Recipes

Did you know you can also hide beef liver? If you haven’t tried Hidden Liver Meat Muffins, you’re missing out!

Heart takes well to other methods like grilling, stewing, slow-cooking, searing, and curry too.

Once you get the hang of it, be sure to try cooking other organs too. This Easiest Beef Kidney Recipe is a great one!

What Does Beef Heart Taste Like?

Beef heart is extremely flavorful and does NOT have a strong “organ” flavor. It is a soft, tender piece of the animal with a smooth, sweet flavor.

Similar venison, in taste and texture, although far less gamey. It is a pleasing flavor that goes well with any meat seasoning.

This beef heart recipe shows the basic concept of how to find beef heart and make meatballs. Take a versatile approach if you like and add in ingredients like:

  • Minced onion, cumin powder, and paprika (Moroccan)
  • Minced garlic and fresh oregano (Greek)
  • Chili powder, garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger, and turmeric (Bangladesh)

Choose a mineral rich salt. Black Lava and Cypress Flake Salt are some of my favorites.

Where do I Buy Beef Heart and Grass-fed Ground Beef?

Beef heart is extremely budget-friendly if you can find it.

Start by asking your local butcher if they can source it for you.

If they can’t or you don’t know who to ask, search your area for a grass-fed beef rancher at EatWild.com.

If no listings show from EatWild, browse through the other resources in How to Find Quality Foods.

Once you find a source ask if they can grind it for you ahead of time. It is very convenient to have the butcher do this for you and usually not a big deal for them. If you forget or want DIY, skip down to the section below for directions on how to grind heart at home.

Buy Beef Heart Online

In some areas, buying direct from farmers is not an option. Fortunately, there are many places online where you can find grass-fed meat and organs.

US Wellness whole beef heart and a pre-made mix of 55% beef heart with ground beef. The combination is exactly what you want for this recipe!

Stock up and substitute this blend in any of your favorite zero carb carnivore ground beef recipes!

carnivore ground beef recipes

How do I Grind Organ Meats at Home?

Say you can only find a whole heart, how are you going to grind it up at home?

Cuisinart’s standing mixer has a meat grinding attachment which is very helpful in times like these. If you are fortunate enough to have one, use it!

Most of us probably have a food processor or blender around. Either of these will do the job.

To grind heart

  1. Place the whole heart on a cutting board and trim off any hard parts of collagen or arteries that may be attached to the bottom rim.
  2. Open the heart by separating the four chambers into individual sections.
  3. Since the heart will be ground, you don’t need to trim any of the small tubes or collagen located on the inside. These will all go into the mix.
  4. Dice the heart into small pieces.
  5. Place all the meat in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
  6. Continue until the meat is thoroughly ground.

In full disclosure, I have never done this in a blender, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work also. You would follow the same directions as with a food processor.

What can I use in Carnivore Meatballs Instead of Breadcrumbs?

In carnivore meatballs, you could use ground pork rinds or add a whisked egg to the meat. These will both serve to bind the meat together.

However, they are not necessary.

I was preoccupied with this question of replacing breadcrumbs for a very long time before trying a meatball recipe with just meat. And it worked!

Meatballs will bind together fine all on their own.

I make ground beef, pure ground beef heart, and a 50/50 split of heart and ground beef meatballs and they always hold together without the addition of anything else.

heart meatballs

Simple Keto Carnivore Meal Prep

Meatballs are a great recipe for family-friendly meal prep. The familiar appearance is always welcome at the table and they are delicious by themselves or served on a bed of cauliflower rice or with cauliflower mash on the side.

With 1 g carbohydrate per serving, Carnivore Meatballs are a delicious, zero-fiber way to enjoy a “hearty”, nutrient-dense meal.

If you divide the meat into 2-ounce balls, scaling the macros of a meal up or down becomes very easy.

I use an 8×8-inch glass baking dish for 1 pound of meatballs. 2 pounds will fit in an 8×13-inch dish. Anything more will probably need to be baked in batches.

Bulk prepping meatballs is a simple carnivore diet food prep tip. Having these on hand makes it easy to create a meal with pre-made protein.

Meatballs may be frozen. If stored in an airtight container, it will keep fresh in the fridge for 5 days and up to 7, but always use your judgment. Frozen will last longer, best before 3 months old.

Bump up the fats a bit with avocado or cheese, and you’ll have a nice keto meal.

You can also mix your favorite herbs and spices with the meat and make a good keto carnivore recipe.

Meatballs are delicious when dipping in a homemade chimichurri sauce.

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Are you hungry for Carnivore Diet Recipes?

If you are following a zero-fiber, carnivore diet, the meal prep is even easier (one of the reasons I love the all meat concept). In this case, meatballs are all you need.

There is so much variety available! Read our list in What to Eat on a Carnivore Diet so you can start this diet right.

I have so many more delicious zero-fiber recipes to support your journey to better health, rapid fat loss, and auto-immune relief!

A glass dish with easy beef heart recipe.

Easy Beef Heart Recipe – Carnivore Meatballs

Jessica Haggard
Ultra-simple carnivore style meatballs
are made with 3 ingredients in 4 easy steps and packed with zinc, selenium, B vitamins,
and CoQ10.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizers, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal



  • Mix the two ground meats in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt.
    8 ounces ground beef, 8 ounces ground beef heart, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Scoop approximately 2 ounces and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Place in a small glass baking dish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 °F (175°C) for 20 minutes.
  • Juices will run onto the baking dish once meat is cooked through. Serve meatballs warm with this "sauce" spooned over.


I use an 8×8-inch square glass baking dish to bake these in.

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 20gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 675mgNet Carbohydrates: 1g

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7 thoughts on “Easy Beef Heart Meatballs”

  1. 5 stars
    Meatballs that taste like the best roast beef you’ve ever eaten. I’m going to have to triple this recipe. We all LOVED it!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such an easy beef balls recipe, and it’s interesting to see beef heart as one of the three ingredients. I never even knew you can buy this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These must be as delicious as they look – I am definitely adding them to my to-cook list this holiday season. I’ve just found a fantastic mashed potatoes recipe, so this will be the perfect match for it!

  4. 5 stars
    These look so yummy. There is just nothing better than a good batch of meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy. Delicious recipe!


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