Home > Dinner > Greek Meatballs Greek Meatballs December 20, 2019 | 6 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Deliciously flavored and perfectly seasoned Greek Meatballs are served in a warm pita with fresh vegetables and an incredible lemon-herb sauce. Pair these flavorful beef/lamb meatballs with a simple Greek salad or easy cucumber salad. I am so excited to be sharing this easy-to-prepare, fresh, nutritious, and tasty meal with you today. It’s a great recipe to have on hand when you’re not sure what to make for entertaining during the holidays — Greek Meatballs are perfect for holiday meals! While this recipe is loaded with nutrients, it’s equally loaded with flavor. From the toasted pita bread to the perfectly seasoned and Mediterranean-inspired meatballs, to the crisp veggies and the herb-packed lemon sauce — this is a game-changer meal. It’s one of those recipes that’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner, but impressive enough to serve (and wow) at a large dinner party this holiday season. So what’s in these magical meatballs? Read on! What’s in these delicious meatballs? Ground lamb: Ground lamb is a bit more authentic and the healthiest red meat, plus it offers a real dimensional flavor– but it’s sometimes hard to find. Feel free to substitute ground beef if that’s the case. You can use either in this recipe. Panko breadcrumbs: I love using panko in meatballs; it makes them soft and juicer, while acting as a great binder. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and is usually found near other breadcrumbs or in the Asian food aisle of your store. Parsley: This herb adds so much freshness to these meatballs. Be sure to get the flat-leaf Italian parsley from the grocery store produce section. Red onion: While you can use any type of onion, red onion contributes a beautiful mild flavor to these Greek Meatballs. Egg: The egg helps bind the meatballs and also contributes to the overall flavor. Oregano, garlic, salt and pepper: All these ingredients help amp up the flavor. Oyster Sauce: Read all about this “secret” ingredient for these Greek meatballs below! Learn about Oyster Sauce If you’ve made many recipes from my site, you know how much I love amplifying dishes by using oyster sauce! But if you’ve shied away from it because of the name, I have some information that may change your mind. Oyster sauce is indeed made from oysters but it doesn’t taste anything remotely like seafood. It’s made from caramelized oyster juices, salt, sugar, and cornstarch (for thickening). It tastes a lot like soy sauce. It’s perfect for elevating a variety of dishes (see below!) and is excellent for dipping, marinating, stir-frying, or using a sauce base. It’s easy to find in your local grocery store in the Asian food aisle. Once opened, store it in the fridge; it’ll last a long time. Learn more about this oyster sauce here! It gives these meatballs a flavorful and expected twist that everyone in your family will enjoy Truly, the oyster sauce in these Greek Meatballs is the secret ingredient. It gives them a restaurant-quality feel and adds the perfect umami flavor. Use leftover oyster sauce in these recipes Told you I am obsessed with oyster sauce! These are some of my (and readers’) favorite meals using oyster sauce: Chicken Chow Mein Chicken Stir Fry Black Pepper Chicken Beef Lettuce Wraps Beef and Broccoli Ramen Serving suggestions Greek Meatballs can be enjoyed in myriad ways, but I’m sharing our favorite today: loaded in a pita with fresh veggies, and a lemon-herb sauce. And here are a few other ideas: Serve meatballs with a side of tzatziki sauce and toasted pita bread. Add meatballs in or alongside a big salad, like this Greek Quinoa Salad. Serve meatballs over rice with a cucumber–yogurt sauce and feta cheese. Greek Meatball tips Keep the lamb (or ground beef) as cold as possible. Take it out of the fridge right when you need it and be careful to not overwork it (which will also warm it up). This will ensure the meatballs are tender and juicy, and that the meat rolls easily into balls. Grate the red onion. While grating onions is (admittedly) annoying, it gives these meatballs the best-possible taste and texture. You won’t find large chunks of uncooked onions, and all the great flavor dispersed throughout. Use a microplane. I recommend grating the garlic on a microplane; this allows for a great even dispersion of garlic throughout the meatballs. Grease the pan. We broil these meatballs to cook them through (it’s SO quick and easy). But make sure the pan is well greased so the meat doesn’t stick. Roll small, even-sized meatballs. In order for these meatballs to cook through in time and evenly, be sure they’re roughly the same size. This batch should make 30-32 meatballs so they’re about 1 and 1/4th inch wide. Use a mini cookie scoop, if you have one, to make the process of rolling balls easier. Storing leftover Greek Meatballs Store Greek Meatballs (without the sauce) in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge. To freeze: Cook the meatballs according to the directions in the recipe card and allow them to completely cool. Place on a parchment-paper-lined sheet pan, uncovered, in the freezer, and freeze for an hour (or until frozen solid). Then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container and make sure to label and date the meatballs. (Meatballs can be frozen for up to 3 months). To reheat: Remove the container from the freezer and place meatballs on a foil-lined sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 300 degrees F or until meatballs are fully thawed and heated through. 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Course Dinner Cuisine Greek Keyword greek meatballs Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 6 minutes Total Time 36 minutes Servings 6 -8 servings Calories 420kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $7.79 IngredientsMeatballs▢ 1 pound ground beef (85/15% fat) (or ground lamb)▢ 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs▢ 1/4 cup freshly minced flat-leaf Italian parsley▢ 1/4 packed cup coarsely grated red onion and its juices (from about 1/2 onion)▢ 1 large egg▢ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce▢ 1/4 teaspoon black pepper▢ 3/4 teaspoon salt▢ 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (~2 cloves)▢ 2 tablespoons olive oilFor serving▢ 6-8 pitas breads, cut in half▢ 1 cup plain Greek yogurt whole-milk▢ 3 to 4 Persian cucumbers, sliced thinly lengthwise▢ lettuce leaves▢ Optional: pickled red onions Note 1Dressing▢ 1/2 cup parsley leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped▢ 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped (or substitute mint)▢ 1/3 cup roughly chopped jalapeños, (leave seeds for heat, remove for mild)▢ 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced▢ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice▢ 1/2 teaspoon salt▢ 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin▢ 1 tablespoon water▢ 5 tablespoons olive oilUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsPREP: Heat broiler with rack 4 inches from heating element. Lightly grease a sheet pan with nonstick olive oil spray.MEATBALLS: In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, breadcrumbs, parsley, onion, egg, oyster sauce, pepper, salt, oregano, and garlic. Mix until just combined, making sure not to overwork the meat. Roll meatballs into 1 and 1/4th inch meatballs (about 30-32 total meatballs). Place on the prepared sheet pan and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Place in the oven and broil, shaking pan and flipping meatballs over every 2 minutes until cooked through (until thermometer reads 160 degrees F for beef). This takes anywhere from 4-8 minutes. Start checking the temperature after broiling for 4 minutes.LEMON-HERB SAUCE: Meanwhile, place the parsley, cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, lemon juice, salt, cumin, and 1 tablespoon water in a mini food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture is evenly chopped, scraping down sides as necessary. Stir in the oil. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice as desired.SERVE: Lightly toast pita bread (Note 2). Spread 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt inside each pita and sprinkle with salt to taste. Layer in lettuce, meatballs, and cucumber slices. If desired, add in pickled red onions (Note 1). Drizzle lots of sauce over the pitas and enjoy immediately. Recipe NotesNote 1: Pickled onions: We love pickled red onions on these, and here's my super-simple version: Slice half a red onion and place it in a bowl. Top with 1 teaspoon fine sea salt and 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Toss every 3-5 minutes or so until softened (about 20-30 minutes). I usually start these first and stir throughout the process. Note 2: Toasting pitas: To toast the pita bread, spray both sides of the pita with olive oil cooking spray and char directly over the gas flames (at medium to medium-low heat) for a few seconds. Use tongs to flip until pitas are lightly charred. Nutrition FactsServing: 8servings | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.9g | Protein: 22.1g | Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 553.7mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 5.1g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.