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Nothing says summer like a barbecue. From family gatherings to birthday parties or office events, barbecues bring people together while enjoying some of the best seasonal produce.

This meal is another great addition to the collection of my keto-friendly BBQ recipes. I used fresh herbs & spices, lemon zest and Spanish chorizo for a smoky flavour boost. I served the meatballs with a simple vegetable salsa and some keto buns which is one of the most popular recipes on my blog and amongst my friends. It's definitely the best low-carb & grain-free bread recipe I've tried. In fact, it proved to be so popular that I also made a nut-free version! :-)

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What's the difference between Spanish and Mexican chorizo?

Mexican chorizo is made with raw meat and spices. Spanish chorizo is made with cured meat. This post from The Kitchn explains the difference in detail.

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Serving size 2 skewers

Allergy information for Keto BBQ Meatball Skewers

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
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Nutritional values (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbs2.9 grams
Protein40 grams
Fat50.6 grams
Calories641 kcal

Calories from carbs 2%, protein 25%, fat 73%

Total carbs4.1 gramsFiber1.1 gramsSugars0.9 gramsSaturated fat19 gramsSodium1,023 mg(44% RDA)Magnesium43 mg(11% RDA)Potassium724 mg(36% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings, 8 skewers)

  • 600 g ground beef (1.3 lb/ 21.2 oz)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (50 g/ 1.7 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large egg, free-range or organic
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (use organic unwaxed lemons)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 200 g Spanish chorizo or other hard type (7.1 oz)


  1. Peel and finely dice the onion. Place the meat in a mixing bowl and add the onion, crushed garlic, fresh lemon zest, freshly chopped herbs, paprika and egg. Keto BBQ Meatball Skewers
  2. Using your hands or a fork, combine all the ingredients. If preparing in advance, cover the meat with a foil and place in the fridge overnight. When the meat is ready for the barbecue, slice the chorizo sausage (I used Spanish chorizo but you can use any other hard type). Using your hands, form 24 meatballs: 3 meatballs per skewer = 6 meatballs per serving (about 30 grams/ 1 ounce per meatball). Keto BBQ Meatball Skewers
  3. Assemble the skewers by piercing through the meatballs and chorizo slices in an alternating order (3 meatballs and 4 chorizo slices per skewer). Keto BBQ Meatball Skewers
  4. Place the skewers on the barbecue and cook on high for 7-8 minutes or until crispy on the outside and cooked inside. Enjoy!
    Tips for pan roasting: Preheat a large regular or griddle pan greased with lard or ghee on high heat. Turn the heat down to medium and place the skewers on the pan. When done, set aside and keep them warm near the cooker.
    Tips for oven cooking: Cook under a broiler, or bake at 200 °C/ 400 °F until the meatballs are golden for 12-15 minutes. Keto BBQ Meatball Skewers

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g25.8 g30 g381 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
0.8 g0.2 g0 g5 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.1 g1.6 g1.2 g18 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.3 g0.2 g0.2 g5 kcal
Oregano, fresh
0.3 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon zest (peel), fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Chorizo sausage
0.9 g12.1 g19.1 g228 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 2 skewers
2.9 g40 g50.6 g641 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (4)

Can I use mexican chorizo or it's not the same? Thanks!


Hi Lee, Mexican chorizo is spicy ground meat sausage. It's mostly sold fresh and uncooked, loose or in a casing. You can use Mexican chorizo in this recipe if you like - just mix it with the ground meat and make more meatballs.
Spanish chorizo is dried, cured sausage in a casing - like salami. Spanish chorizo is usually more expensive than Mexican chorizo and has a stronger taste (could be sweet, mild or spicy). This recipe is also made with Spanish chorizo: Low-Carb Spiced Chorizo Meatballs


I'm thinking of making these and the ribs for my hubby's birthday because we are planning have a party with barbecue. Thank you so much!


Thank you, hope you like them! 😊