Greek Meatballs


This past weekend, I challenged myself to come up with a well-thought out menu and actually shop, prep and cook all (or most) of the dishes on Sunday. So it was pretty imperative that everything I made be able to re-heat well and also travel with us, if need be. I’ll be posting a slew of recipes that we included in our menu this week, and on Friday, I’ll post the actual step-by-step, mind-numbing logistical steps for the shopping list and prep sequences. So if you’re like us, and grocery shopping on Saturday night is considered a “date”, you’ll be ready to go for next week.

Since I was making a lot of food on all the same day, I cut some corners–like the dried onion flakes and granulated garlic. I didn’t want to have to saute the fresh stuff, dirtying a pan and taking extra time, when I could just measure out of a bottle and continue on my merry way. However, as preachy as this is about to sound– this is not a declaration for using all dried herbs & stuff–fresh mint and lemon zest are a no compromise must in the meatballs.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Method

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together all the ingredients until well incorporated.

Use a cookie scoop (or your hand) to shape the mixture into balls and place in a 9×13 oven-safe baking dish.

Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Once the meatballs are cool, remove (making sure to remove any goop) from the pan and place, uncovered, in the fridge. Once cool, cover and store until ready to re-heat and eat.

29 thoughts on “Greek Meatballs

  1. Jeremy B. Reply

    Hello Megan…. I am a long time lurker on health bent and love everything you all do. I am really looking forward to the “step-by-step, mind-numbing logistical steps for the shopping list and prep sequences.” ! We have a new little one and needless to say prep and cook time has been replaced with a myriad of other things that must be done. Let’s just say we have stretched the definitions of “clean food” …. anyway I cannot wait for Friday.

    Jeremy

  2. Michelle Reply

    I love meatballs just for this reason, I can make them ahead and throw them in the freezer until I need them.

  3. Jen Reply

    Hi Megan – these meatballs look amazing – can’t wait to try them! It’s time I admit a small tiny secret though. My boys and I have been using your recipes to plan our weekly meals for almost 3 months now. We pick 3-5 recipes each week, make a grocery list and off we go to the grocery store. Now that we have all the basic ingredients (fish sauce, coconut aminos, chili paste, etc.) it makes it soooo much easier to throw one of your recipes together for a delicious crowd pleasing dinner. We even eat the leftovers for breakfast! Whew! Feels good to get all that out in the open. :-) Thanks for a great site!

  4. Megan Reply

    Hi Megan…do you think using fresh garlic and onions would work in this recipe?

    thanks!

  5. Sheri Reply

    I made these the other day, but excluded the eggs and cheese since I can’t have them. They turned out really dry. I assumed it was due to the egg exclusion. Any recommendations of what I could use instead to maintain moisture?

    • Zeke Reply

      Maybe try adding a couple t’s of extra virgin olive oil, and bake them on a cooling rack. That’s how I do it and mine always come out perfect!

    • Susan Reply

      A great and healthy egg substitute is 1 tbsp ground flax seed steeped in 3 tbsp hot water for long enough to get an egg-like consistency.

  6. Vanessa P. Reply

    mmmmm I am trying these tonight -just made the balls. they smell so good!! Sheri, I wonder if you could use a meat that isn’t as lean? maybe beef that is more like 80/20?

  7. Sophie Reply

    I love this recipe – I took inspiration from this and added a little twist with some mushrooms to bulk up the recipe instead of more mince!

    Thanks :D
    x

  8. Mike Strickland Reply

    I did these with the chopped Greek Salad. Everything turned out perfect… very tasty. I’ll send these to my Greek aunt because I know she’ll give them a shot.

    • megan keatley Reply

      Oh gosh, I have no idea. I don’t usually use dried mint. Perhaps try googling?

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  9. Kym Reply

    I made these today and while I couldn’t get any fresh mint I put 2 tsp of Mint Jelly in the mix. I also added 1 tsp of minced garlic instead of garlic flakes….the result is just beautiful. Could actually put more Mint Jelly if you wanted a mintier flavour but I’m really pleased with the result. Thank you for a delicious recipe.

  10. Anna Reply

    Hello, these look great. I only have ground beef at home currently – think it would work ok without the lamb? Thanks!

  11. Monika C Reply

    OK, I am not going to lie. These are the best meatballs I ‘ve ever had! I substituted mint with parsley! YUM!

  12. Sarah Reply

    Hi Meghan…. could you tell me how many meatballs this recipe makes? Having a neighborhood get together this weekend and can’t wait to try these out! :-)

  13. Cally Reply

    Hi! I’ve made the Greek meatballs before and they were delicious. Any suggestions for a trype of sauce to serve with them?

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