Easy Gluten-Free Baked Sauerkraut Balls: A healthier version of a classic appetizer. Baked instead of fried and full of meat and tangy sauerkraut--no bread crumbs needed. Served with an option of 3 different dipping sauces, these sauerkraut balls are guaranteed to be a welcomed remix of a classic recipe. Paleo. Gluten-Free.

Easy Gluten-Free Baked Sauerkraut Balls

Simple gluten-free, paleo Baked Sauerkraut balls that are a perfect holiday appetizer. Served with 3 options for dipping sauces. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine German
Keyword Paleo Sauerkraut Balls, Sauerkraut Balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 37 kcal


  • 1/2 pound ground meat pork, sirloin, turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 16 ounce can sauerkraut, well drained and lightly chopped
  • 1 egg beaten

For the Mustard Beer Sauce

  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish

For Horseradish Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish

For Maple Horseradish Sauce

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish


For the Baked Sauerkraut Balls

  1. Mix together meat and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor, but not necessary.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Mix together sauerkraut and egg into meat mixture. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned.

For Mustard Beer Sauce

  1. For sauce, reduce beer over low heat until it is reduced to 1/2 cup. Once beer is reduced, stir in Dijon mustard and horseradish.

For Horseradish Cream Sauce

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

For Maple Horseradish Sauce

  1. Mix all ingredients together. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Gluten-Free Baked Sauerkraut Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.