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Meat Bagels

Meat Bagels

Meat Bagels

I’m crazy.  I invented meat bagels!  What is a meat bagel?  This is my definition of a meat bagel: A meat bagel is meat formed into a bagel shape and consumed like a bagel.  It’s the perfect paleo bagel!

Meat Bagels

Meat Bagels

I modeled the flavour for meat bagels after cabbage rolls.  Cabbage rolls are delicious and contain ground pork mixed with tomato sauce, onions and paprika.

So…how do you like your meat bagel?  I like mine for breakfast with lettuce, tomato, avocado and onions.

Meat Bagels - Uncooked

Meat Bagels – Uncooked





  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking dish (like this one) with parchment paper.
  2. Sauté the onions over medium heat with some cooking fat, like butter, grass fed gheeetc. Sauté until translucent. Allow the onions to cool before adding them to the meat.
  3. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients including the cooked onions. Mix well enough to evenly distribute the spices.
  4. Divide the meat into 6 portions. Using your hands, roll a portion into a ball and then indent the middle, and flatten slightly to form the appearance of a bagel.
  5. Place the bagel looking meat in the dish and repeat with each of the portions of meat.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked.
  7. Allow the meat bagels to cool. Slice the meat bagel just like a regular bagel. Fill the meat bagel with topping such as tomato slices, lettuce, onions etc.
Meat Bagels

Meat Bagels

p.s. don’t forget to make Meat Bagels…..aren’t they beautiful!

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37 Responses to Meat Bagels

  1. Buttoni September 5 at 9:12 pm #

    From a retired teacher……A+ for CREATIVE!! This is so clever!
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  2. This American Bite - Yosef June 9 at 3:27 pm #

    That’s an impressive feat. Love it. Does the meat bagel feel oily or moist, or dry as a bagel!?
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  3. Brian June 14 at 2:50 pm #

    While I think paleo is a load of crap, this is nevertheless GENIUS.

  4. Linda June 14 at 3:08 pm #

    Can you sub the eggs for flax eggs or something else?

    • Carol Lovett August 3 at 2:07 pm #

      You can try. I don’t have much experience with egg replacers.

  5. ellen June 14 at 5:11 pm #

    Totally genius! I truly LOVE it. Can’t wait to make this for my husband. Talk about thinking outside the box! I haven’t seen anything like this come out of the paleo community and it’s such a winner. Thank you for posting it. You’ve deconstructed-reconstructed the sandwich.

  6. Craig June 15 at 11:05 pm #

    I love this idea and I can’t wait to try it!

  7. Isabelle June 17 at 12:30 pm #

    Made these last night but with ground turkey instead of pork and used about 1/4 cup of ketchup instead of tomato sauce (I didn’t have any). After they cooked, I scraped off the “juice”, sliced them and froze them. I made them smaller than you recommended and had a total of 9 “bagels”. Topped them with lettuce, tomato, goat chese and avocado. Delish! Next time I make them, I might just add a couple of chopped bacon slices to give them a BLT flavour 🙂

    • Carol Lovett August 3 at 2:04 pm #


  8. Andres June 29 at 12:03 am #

    This has to be the most creative recipe, ever! I really can’t wait to try this recipe out. Pinning it now!

  9. Alix July 16 at 3:37 pm #

    This looks scrumptious!! Question: how do you keep the sausage from being too greasy/running down your hands when you eat it? Does it require a napkin to hold it? Does baking it for that long seal in the moisture? Thanks!

    • Carol Lovett August 3 at 1:57 pm #

      I didn’t find it greasy.

  10. sabrina August 19 at 3:26 pm #

    this looks SO delish!
    Any suggstions for subbing the tomato sauce- we have a nightshade sensitivity! Thanks!

    • Melanie July 20 at 3:28 pm #

      Have you come up with nightshade substitutions for the tomato sauce and paprika? I am ketogenic, casein-free, fruit-free, nightshade-free, sweetener-free (as per my physician)! I’m 4 days in, and I could really use some recipe ideas that fit these criteria. Hope this one can be an option.

      • Carol Lovett March 24 at 3:56 pm #

        I do not focus on AIP recipes. The Paleo Parents have a nightshade-free tomato sauce. You can try that or just omit it and see if you like the taste.

  11. Carole August 20 at 7:52 pm #

    Well, this is completely ridiculous sounding and OMG I can’t wait to make it! What a clever way to enjoy an old favorite a new way.

    You’ve got a new reader. 🙂

  12. Kim September 22 at 11:21 am #

    Is it 1 1/2 cups of onion or 1 1/2 onion as you stated? If so did you use small or medium sized onion? Thanks

  13. Nihad November 4 at 12:51 pm #

    Oh my god, looks very tasty. and that’s my dinner for my husban birthday tonight.
    Thank you very much Carol
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  14. MJ December 19 at 5:13 pm #

    I must tell you, everyone is right! You are a genius! I have done low carb dieting since the mid 1970’s, (actually it isn’t dieting, it has to be away of life to be successful). How none of us ever came up with this blows my mind. And believe me I probably own, or have at sometime owned every low carb cookbook ever published. I even own all generations of the Atkin’s diet books. Oh yeah and his cookbooks. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Something new.

  15. Craig January 8 at 10:26 am #

    Can this be frozen or refrigerated and microwave heated for quick breakfast?

  16. Steph January 10 at 10:50 am #

    This sounds amazing, but I think I might try it using a combo of ground beef and ground pork. Anyone else tried that?

  17. kristen January 18 at 3:05 pm #

    This is freaking BRILLIANT! My high school age son takes the train to school every day and I’m struggling to make him portable grab-and-go breakfasts without bread, that he will actually EAT — not an easy task. Until now. This idea has also inspired me to think differently about how to use other ingredients in a way that I had not considered before now. THANKS!
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    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 2:02 am #


  18. Katie Mae January 18 at 8:38 pm #

    Beautiful recipe! Do you have the nutritional information on this recipe, or any others for that matter?

  19. Aurora January 22 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi, just wondering how many calories are in one meat bagel?

  20. Zukky February 1 at 5:35 pm #

    Nutrition Information

  21. Rosy February 9 at 6:33 pm #

    Looks great! Do you think this would work with beef? If so, what fat ratio would you suggest? Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation 🙂

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:43 am #

      sure. Lean ground beef.

  22. Katie February 11 at 7:38 pm #

    Great idea! I had a dream about bagels last night, and love that I can now have a reverse bagel – meat on the outside and veggies on the inside. Do you heat up the meat bagels or do they taste ok cold?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:42 am #

      I have meatified soooo many things now….

  23. Jane Glover March 16 at 2:59 pm #

    So clever! How long do these last, and you do you store them?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:24 am #

      You need to keep them in the fridge or freezer. It would last as long as cooked meat usually lasts.

  24. Alejandra March 25 at 11:37 am #

    I loved this recipe! I’m going to try to do this today!! Thanks for sharing!

    Question: did you put some curry on the top?

    Best regards, Alejandra

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:18 am #

      There’s no curry in the recipe.

  25. Tom@MasteringTheFlame June 17 at 11:09 pm #

    Now that is a cool idea! It looks really good, I bet it’s great.
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  26. Melanie July 30 at 11:42 pm #

    Can the tomato sauce and paprika be omitted from this recipe? Or are there substitutions?

    • Carol Lovett March 24 at 3:52 pm #

      You need the tomato sauce. It keeps the meat moist and adds flavour.