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Butternut Breakfast Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Egg-Free)

We get a lot of requests for egg-free breakfast recipes, so these butternut breakfast meatballs are for all you egg-free folks! Justin loves eggs for breakfast; they are his favorite food. Just ask, and he’ll tell you! That said, they are really a go-to in our house, so coming up with egg-free breakfast ideas requires us to think outside of the box a bit.

Meatballs For Breakfast

One of my favorite things about making these meatballs is that they are the perfect make ahead breakfast! When we make them, I love how easy breakfast is for the rest of the week! Just re-heat these butternut breakfast meatballs and enjoy the easy morning. They are also easily packed and enjoyed once you get to your office if that’s your thing, too.

These butternut breakfast meatballs are for all you egg-free Paleo + Whole30 folks! The perfect make ahead breakfast for easy mornings during a busy week! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Egg-Free. |

Just Add Some Greens

Since these butternut breakfast meatballs have squash in them in addition to the protein, they’ve got fiber built in which makes them filling and a great way to start your morning. I love eating them over a bed of greens and with some kraut to get the day started with some probiotics, too. Such a yummy and satisfying combo!

These butternut breakfast meatballs are for all you egg-free Paleo + Whole30 folks! The perfect make ahead breakfast for easy mornings during a busy week! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Egg-Free. |

Your Turn To Make Our Butternut Breakfast Meatballs

Go ahead and make these butternut breakfast meatballs over the weekend to enjoy for breakfast throughout the following week. It will surely make your mornings easy and delicious! Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Also, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood, so we can check it out!

These butternut breakfast meatballs are for all you egg-free Paleo + Whole30 folks! The perfect make ahead breakfast for easy mornings during a busy week! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Egg-Free. |


Butternut Breakfast Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Egg-Free)

4.36 from 34 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30 meatballs
These butternut breakfast meatballs are for all you egg-free Paleo + Whole30 folks! The perfect make ahead breakfast for easy mornings during a busy week!
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  • 1/2 butternut squash (approx. 3-4 cups)
  • 1 cup mushrooms (about 4 oz)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 lbs ground breakfast sausage
  • 1 sprig rosemary, diced finely
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet (or 2 medium sheets) with parchment paper.
  • Cut up the butternut squash into large cubes. Using the chopping attachment of a food processor, chop the squash into small bits. Remove from food processor and place in a large bowl. Chop onion and mushrooms into bits also and place in the bowl with the squash.
  • Add sausage, rosemary, paprika and cinnamon to the bowl. Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients until everything is mixed well.
  • Form the mixture into golf ball sized balls and place them on the lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Remove, allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve. 
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44 thoughts on “Butternut Breakfast Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Egg-Free)

  • This is an awesome paleo recipe. Easy to prepare and great to take for a quick tasty breakfast on the go.

  • These are so delicious!!! Our entire family loves them, even my husband who doesn’t like vegetables. I like a sweeter breakfast so these are perfect. I doubled the cinnamon too. Thank you for the recipe.

    • We’re so happy to hear your whole family enjoys these meatballs! Thanks so much for giving them a try! That extra cinnamon sounds great – I’m a cinnamon lover, too! Thanks for taking the time to come back and share! 🙂

  • We make these almost every other week! Love popping them in the microwave in the morning and grabbing a hard boiled egg for a quick breakfast!

  • An absolute favorite! So easy, filling, and healthy. Love having a grab and go breakfast, or a protein option that doesn’t revolve around eggs. We almost always have these on hand!

  • Big fan of these meatballs! They are so easy to make if you have a food processor to chop everything up (but doable even if you don’t). I forgot to add salt and pepper to mine so I recommend that to really bring out the flavors. These also freeze well – I just cut them in half and sauté to reheat. Easy to throw into my breakfast such as eggs and veggies.

    • We’re thrilled to hear you love these! We do too! Thanks so much for giving them a try and coming back to share! We appreciate it and are so grateful to connect with you! 🙂

  • Love this recipe! I wanted something else to take for breakfast besides deviled eggs. I couldn’t stop eating them as they came out of the oven. Delicious! Thank you!

  • Planning to make these tomorrow! How long do you think it would take to bake 3” round patties rather than meatballs? And do you think I could freeze them to reheat in the toaster oven?

    • Hi Jess – These could definitely be frozen and re-heated. As far as cooking time for patties, you’ll just have to watch and check them to see when they are fully cooked. They might actually cook in about the same time as noted in the recipe, but check them at 30 minutes and cook further if needed.

  • Hi there. These look great and I’m going to try them this week. Just for your readers, you might want to specify “1/2 butternut”. I currently have some butternut squash in my kitchen that are about a 1 lb or less and one that is 5 lbs or more. Maybe a cup measurement might work better.

  • My first Real Simple Good recipe that started my love affair with your recipes. ;). These are so tasty, and the flavor combination is so good, though unexpected. I used plain ol’ ground turkey because I don’t eat pork, and they were still so flavorful! I can imagine how good they are with sausage! Maybe I’ll try turkey sausage next time!

  • Delicious! Couldn’t find compliant breakfast sausage at our Whole Foods, so used your recipe for country sausage patties to flavor some plain ground pork. That was enough flavoring and perfect for me. (Not a fan of smoked paprika, and cinnamon seemed out of place for this old country boy.) I usually dread making meatballs, but these came together and held their shape easily. They weren’t brown like yours after 45 minutes in the oven, so hit them with the broiler for a few minutes. Now they look great, and taste amazing. Thanks!

    • We haven’t tried but it would probably work! You might just have to use a paper towel or cheese cloth to squeeze out extra water once you put them through the food processor if it seems watery. Hope that helps! Let us know how it goes! 🙂

  • I just took these meatballs out of the oven; and they are so good. I did add an egg for binding as we aren’t sensitive to them. On the seasonings I used 1/2 teaspoon of both the paprika as well as the cinnamon rather than a teaspoon of each.

    It’s a keeper.

  • Can I make these with ground turkey sausage, and if so is there anything extra I’d need to add or change the cooking time?

    • Hi Kathy! We get our pork from Justin’s mom who raises pigs, and we usually just get ground pork and make our own sausage with it. Occasionally we will find some already made at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers where we live. Try looking for the brand Mulay’s Sausage ( All of their sausages are made with antibiotic Free Pork that is Humanely Raised, and they are all Certified Gluten Free, with No Nitrates, No Nitrites, No Msg, No Sugar, No Soy, No Dairy.

      We have a breakfast sausage recipe on our site too, if you are interested in making your own.

      Hope that helps!

    • These are so amazing !!!! Great for morning breakfast and snacks throughout the day! Don’t know how I survived without this in my life!!

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