Greek Lamb Meatballs - Chef Abbie Gellman MS, RD, CDN

Greek Lamb Meatballs

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Greek Lamb Meatballs anybody??? These are delicious. And so easy. And healthy. One of my faves!  I use Mediterranean spices and herbs for these meatballs, including mint, cumin, and cinnamon. The Greek yogurt dipping sauce is a zesty touch, with a minty lemony flavor that works in harmony with the lamb.

Go get some ground lamb and make them. Seriously….like now!

How To Make Greek Lamb Meatballs

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Then combine ground lamb, mint, garlic, shallot, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, red pepper flakes, and beaten egg in a bowl.  Mix thoroughly.  Form the mixture into golf ball sized balls and place in the muffin tin.  If you can, do this all with one hand so you keep your other hand clean!  Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

While the meatballs are cooking, combine the Greek yogurt, mint, salt, pepper, lemon juice and zest to a bowl and mix well.  Serve the Greek Lamb Meatballs with the Lemon Mint Yogurt on the side.  Yum!!

Lamb Nutrition

Lamb is such a nutritious and delicious food.  When we go to make meatballs, we usually grab ground beef, maybe turkey, but we usually forget about lamb!  Lamb is a great source of high-quality protein.  It provides 21 grams of protein in just a 3-ounce serving!  Lamb is also a great source of Vitamin B12 which is important for proper functioning of your cells and nervous system.

Lamb also provides Niacin, Iron, and Zinc.  Niacin is needed for healthy skin, nerve cells, and digestion.  Iron is needed for red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body, and Zinc is important in the formation of enzymes and insulin.  Try out lamb in my Greek Lamb Meatballs!

What Can I Eat With My Greek Lamb Meatballs?

These Meatballs are great on their own with the yogurt dipping sauce!  Perfect for a quick lunch or as an appetizer to share with friends.  If you want to make it more of a complete meal, you could serve the meatballs over pasta or veggie noodles like zoodles!  How about over some whole grains like farro or quinoa?  Or, to keep it light, you could simply put your meatballs on top of a Greek salad.  What are your favorite ways to eat meatballs? Tell me in the comments below!

If you want to make your meatballs ahead of time, they will stay good in the fridge for about 4-5 days.

Similar Pages

Looking for more meatball recipes?  Try my Asian Turkey Meatballs, Grape meatballs with Mint Yogurt, and Healthy Chicken Meatballs and coconut cream!

Resources

“Nutrition Infographic.” Lamb Resource Center, American Lamb Industry, http://www.lambresourcecenter.com/promotional-tool/nutrition-infographic/.

lamb meatballs

Lamb Meatballs

(with herbed yogurt)
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: lamb, meatballs, recipe video, yogurt
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ¼ cup mint chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup shallot chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg beaten

Lemon Mint yogurt:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mint chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Form into balls, each ~1 ounce (golf ball size) and place in muffin tin. Bake ~20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, combine yogurt ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Serve meatballs and yogurt together.

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