Authentic Greek Lamb Meatballs Recipe

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Travel anywhere in the world and people will have some kind of meatball. After all, rolling ground meat in your hands and cooking it is not the most complicated idea. And although meatballs are universal, you’ll find some of the most exciting in Greece.

Originally called keftedes, Greek meatballs are truly something special. They’re made with ground lamb and are often flavored with parsley and spices like garlic and cumin. These one-biters are a bit more rustic and primal compared to regular beef meatballs, and that’s exciting!

Besides, chances are recipes for Greek meatballs go back at least a few thousand years. Lamb has always been a thing in the country, even in ancient times. This means making Greek meatballs is honoring one of the most popular meals in history, and that’s something, right?

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What goes into Greek meatballs?

I won’t lie, there are many recipes for Greek meatballs, and every family in the Mediterranean country has its recipe. The recipe below calls for ground lamb, a few aromatics, including onion and garlic, fresh parsley, dried rosemary and ground cumin. That’s basically all you need. Seasoned with salt and pepper, these meaty one-biters are deliciously simple.

Mix all the ingredients and roll some meatballs. And although you can cook meatballs in many ways, we’re cooking these in the oven to get juicy and flavorful meatballs. You can also cook them in a skillet if you want them crispier, but I believe lamb meat is fatty enough to have to worry about all that extra cooking oil.

What to serve with Greek meatballs?

These meaty treats are fantastic with a side of tzatziki sauce. You can make yours by combining yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon zest and lemon juice. What a combination!

And serving meatballs with a side of Greek salad and a slice of feta is also customary, so do try that as well. Greek food is considered amongst the healthiest on earth, but it’s also one of the tastiest! Let’s cook Greek more often!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy285 cal




Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.


Mince the onion and garlic, chop the parsley.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.


Roll bite-sized meatballs and place them in the baking tray. Drizzle them with olive oil.


Bake for 20 minutes and check they’re cooked through.


Serve with tzatziki sauce and a side of salad!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories285
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat15.8 g78 g20.26%
  • Saturated Fat4 g20 g20%
  • Cholesterol102 mg300 mg34%
  • Sodium382 mg2300 mg16.61%
  • Total Carbohydrate2.4 g275 g0.87%
  • Dietary Fiber0.7 g28 g2.5%
  • Total Sugars0.4 g
  • Protein32 g50 g64%
  • Iron4 mg18 mg22.22%
  • Potassium450 mg4700 mg9.57%

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