Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs) is an easy-to-make delicious recipe perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or an appetizer. Serve with brown gravy, cranberry sauce, or lingonberry preserves. This healthier version is baked instead of pan fried and uses no bread crumbs.
You'll ❤️ Frikadeller
"Growing up my grandparents made a traditional Danish dinner for our Christmas Eve meal. Alongside our roasted goose, my grandmother would serve up a large platter piled high with Danish Frikadeller Meatballs. From those fond memories, these meatballs became total comfort food - and way too delicious to have only once a year! " -Kori
Comfort Food (Hyyge)
There is nothing like a plate of Frikadeller for comfort food. Okay, maybe with some gravy too. Maybe that's why the Danes love them so much - maybe we should call them hygge meatballs instead? 🙂
I love dipping these in lingonberry preserves. There is just something so tasty about the sweetness of the preserves and the saltiness of the Frikadeller. Oh yum.
You'll love that there are only a few simple ingredients and steps, plus they are baked instead of pan-fried. It is much quicker and you can get all Frikadeller cooked at the same time.
"Frikadeller have only 0.7 grams of net carbs!" 🙂
This frikadeller recipe was created to be more carb friendly and healthier than the typical Frikadeller.
With only 0.7 grams of net carbs, 28.1 grams of healthy fat, and 21.1 grams of protein, the Fridadeller fit nicely into a low carb, gluten free, and keto diet. Another bonus - they are sugar free.
You can find the full nutritional analysis at the bottom of the recipe card, but here are the most important numbers:
28.1 g fat 0.7 g net carbs 21.1 g protein
How To Serve
Here are some delicious ways to serve your Danish meatballs:
Red Cabbage. My family always served a spiced red cabbage that was much like sauerkraut sweetened with some apples and sugar. Even though they seemed to love it I never quite took to it. Instead, I came up with my own recipe: Roasted red cabbage recipe with goat cheese and toasted walnuts 🙂 It's healthy AND really good!
Browned Potatoes (Brunede Kartofler). Use canned drained whole baby potatoes, butter, and brown sugar. Brown the potatoes in a skillet with butter and then sprinkle with brown sugar (about 2 - 3 tbsp for every can of potatoes). Toss until sugar is dissolved and coats the potatoes - delicious!!!
A delicious potato salad or boiled potatoes also make a nice side dish.
Side of cranberry sauce or lingonberry preserves. Here is our recipe which is more citrusy and goes perfect with these meatballs: Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe (Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce)
Serve them with brown gravy. Recipe below.
Make a easy creamy gravy with a simple can of cream of mushroom soup, a little sour cream or cream cheese melted in and some pan juices. This is very similar to Swedish meatballs.
Make a sandwich and serve on rye bread (Smørrebrød) which is a Danish open-faced sandwich. My grandfather used to take a slice of rye bread, spread some mayonnaise on it, then top with the frikadeller.
Here are some different ways you can make substitutions or customize your Frikadella recipe:
- Play around with different herbs and seasoning. 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley is nice!
- You can substitute ground turkey, veal, or chicken for the 1.5 lbs ground beef. I would still use pork sausage due to it amazing flavor it adds to this recipe.
- You can pan fry or bake the frikadeller whichever is easiest for you!
Ingredients and Tools
- Ground beef (80/20)
- Ground pork
- Onion, grated
- Ground cloves
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making this Fridadeller recipe.
Make Meat Mixture
In a large bowl add ground beef, pork, onion, mayonnaise, eggs, salt, pepper, and cloves.
Mix until well blended.
Shape the meat into 2" round meatballs then "smush" down with the back end of your spoon until the Frikadellar is a nice oval shape and about 1/2 " thick.
Place about 16 meatballs on each baking sheet that has been lined with foil. Each recipe should make approximately 32 meatballs.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until done. (Note: you can also pan fry the meatballs in an oil of your choice, over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side or until done.)
- You can substitute cream for mayonnaise if you prefer.
- Many meatball recipes call for bread as a binder, but these hold together just fine and are the perfect texture. If you choose to add a few breadcrumbs, you will need to use cream to soften the meat mixture.
- If you want to want to save the dripping to make gravy, line your baking sheet with foil, and once they are cooked remove from the pan and scrape the drippings into your pan to make gravy.
- Frying the frikadeller results in a nice crisp outside and tender on the inside. The downside is the time it takes to fry them. I have just found it easier to bake on a sheet all at once and they still come out great!
What are frikadeller?
Frikadeller are Danish meatballs that are traditionally made of beef, pork, or veal, or a combination. They are often served with brown gravy, creamy dill sauce, remoulade, lingonberry preserves, or cranberry compote.
How long will frikadeller keep?
Frikadeller will keep approximately 3 to 4 days if store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
Can you freeze meatballs?
Yes, you can freeze meatballs. I do this often. In fact, I often do a double batch of these meatballs then store half in the freezer for later!
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, you can make these meatballs in advance. You can pre-form them and store them in your refrigerator to bake later. Alternatively, you can bake them ahead of time and reheat them.
How long to bake meatballs at 350?
Meatballs baked at 350 degrees F will take approximately 20 minutes.
More Danish Inspired Recipes
Growing up with a Danish grandfather and having traveled to Denmark I have been lucky enough to eat some of the most amazing food. All the recipes below have been inspired by my Danish roots. Enjoy!
- How to Roast A Goose (Christmas Goose Recipe). This was literally on our holiday table every year - along with Frikadeller.
- Dill Pickle Slaw. In Denmark, they use little tiny pickles called cornichons.
- Roasted Red Cabbage.
- Almond Butter Cake. This was inspired by delicious Danish pastries. If you drizzle with raspberry sauce it tastes just like a raspberry danish - yum.
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