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Easy Beef Heart Recipe – Carnivore 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.

In just 4 easy steps and 3 simple ingredients, you can make a delicious, servable protein that’s packed with nutrients like zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10.

Meatballs are a fun, familiar shape and great by themselves or served on a bed of cauliflower rice with avocado or a low-carb dipping sauce on the side.

I came up with the concept of using ground beef heart mixed in with ground beef during the recipe testing for my first cookbook, The Ketogenic Edge 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.

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Where do I buy beef heart and grass-fed ground beef?

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As far as I can tell, buying local and direct are the best options for keeping costs low. EatWild.com has an extensive directory you can search through. Organized by state and zip code, there are a surprising amount of farms and food producers listed for meats, fish and seafood, raw dairy, and produce.

If nothing pops up in your area, hop over to my post How to Find Quality Foods and look at the references there.

Contact a butcher by phone, email, or in person and place your order for beef heart. Ask if they can grind it for you ahead of time. Although not impossible to DIY, it is easier to cook with and more convenient to handle if the heart is already ground.

For some people, buying food from local and direct sources is so unrealistic it isn’t even funny. Even if you can’t visit a farm or butcher personally, you don’t have to miss out!

US Wellness offers 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! Order online and it will come frozen to your door, already combined in the correct proportions. A pre-made mix of ground beef heart and ground beef is very easy to substitution for ground beef in any recipe.

If you’re looking for a new source for ground beef, ButcherBox would be a good choice. Their meats are raised ethically in a natural environment with zero antibiotics or hormones. They pride themselves in providing meat you can trust.

For a limited time only, ButcherBox is hosting one of their best sales of the year. You can get FREE ground beef for LIFE when you sign up for a subscription of grass-fed, grass-finished beef. Their service may also include free-range poultry and heritage bred pork, if you opt-in for those choices.

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How do I grind beef heart for this recipe?

Say you can only find a whole heart, how are you going to grind it up? Most of us don’t have a meat grinder (but if you do, use it!), the next best thing is a food processor and following that, a blender.

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.

Tips on Cooking Carnivore Meatballs

Bulk prepping meatballs a few batches at a time is a top food prep tip I share with our clients. Having these on hand makes it so easy to bulk a meal up with healthy pre-made protein and fats.

By making 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.

You can eat these cold out of a lunchbox or warm them up at work. Add low-carb vegetables of your choice like cauliflower rice, caulitatoes, steamed zoodles, or fresh salad greens on the side. Bump up the fats a bit with avocado, and you’ll have a nice keto meal.

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.

Note the macros on beef heart are quite lean. Depending on your body composition and macro goals, you may want to add butter, fried suet, a low-carb sauce, or another source of fat to the meal. 

One way to up the fat is to stuff each ball with a one-ounce cube of mozzarella cheese before baking. This idea is very similar to the Cheese Stuffed Meatballs in The Carnivore Cookbook. I think this version is best warm – only. That’s just my personal preference.

Beef heart does NOT have a strong “organ” flavor. Some people argue that the heart shouldn’t be considered organ meat but rather muscle meat instead. It is a soft and tender piece of the animal and has a smooth, sweet flavor.

But say you just love a specific seasoning blend and want to add it. By all means, you may! In this beef heart recipe, I’m showing you the basic concept of how to make meatballs. If you’re looking for more, add ingredients like:

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

There are many different types of culinary salts as well! They all modify the flavor slightly, Black Lava and Cypress Flake Salt are some of my favorites.

If sauce is your think, adding a homemade chimichurri sauce on the side is great for dipping into!

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A Simple Keto Carnivore Recipe

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.

With 1 g carbohydrate per serving, Carnivore Meatballs are a delicious, zero-fiber way to enjoy a hearty, nutrient-dense meal on a keto and carnivore diet.

The recipe below is 100% gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, paleo, low-oxalate, AIP, low-carb, ketogenic and carnivore-friendly!

Do you need more Carnivore Diet Recipes?

I have so many more delicious zero-fiber recipes to support your journey to better health, rapid fat loss, and auto-immune relief! Check out The Carnivore Cookbook with over 100 recipes made from just the essentials: animal protein and fats or browse through my free collection of Carnivore-Friendly recipes.

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Easy Beef Heart Recipe – Carnivore Meatballs

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 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 208kcal



  • Mix the two ground meats in a bowl until well combined. Season with 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.


How to Ultra-Easy Beef Heart Meatballs by primaledgehealth on Jumprope.


I use an 8x8-inch square glass baking dish to bake these in.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Beef Heart Recipe – Carnivore Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 675mg29%
Potassium 316mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Responses

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

  2. Lauren
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    5 stars
    This is such a unique recipe—I’ve never seen meatballs made with hearts before. I’m adding this to my “try list” for sure!

  3. Laura
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    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. Katie
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    5 stars
    Made this for the family and it was hit!

  5. Anita
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    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. 🙂

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