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. 
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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: 37kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 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

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

For Mustard Beer Sauce

  • 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

  • Mix all ingredients together.

For Maple Horseradish Sauce

  • 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.
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