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Greek Meatballs Made with Beef or Lamb

These Greek Meatballs made with lamb or ground beef is the perfect fix for a craving. We like these over a spinach salad, stuffed in a pita or just by themselves with a hefty serving of tzatziki sauce.

Lamb Gyro Greek Meatballs Project Stepmom

I LOVE Greek Food! This dish is super easy to make. All you’ll need is a wire rack and baking sheet.

I usually bake these in the oven but you can easily do them in the instant pot or crock pot.

How to make Greek Meatballs with Lamb or Beef

We lucked out and found some ground lamb on sale at our local grocery store. Ground beef is sometimes easier to find and a lot easier on the wallet. Ground turkey is a healthier alternative. Any option will work just fine!

Lamb Gyro Greek Meatballs Project Stepmom

I add all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together with my hands. Get in there and really mix it up. Then, form 1 inch meatballs and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet. If you don’t have a wire rack, line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Several recipes noted to only broil the meatballs, instead of bake then broil. I prefer to bake first in order to not end up with a burned up outside and under-cooked inside. Then, I crank the broiler up to get the crusty, browned outside. The cooking time is only about 20 minutes total.

Lamb Gyro Greek Meatballs Project Stepmom

Toppings for Lamb or Beef Gyros

If we are making gyros, we use naan bread. Otherwise, we stuff the meatballs into a piece of pita bread.

Popular toppings for Greek meatballs are pickled red onion, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumber… you can really top with whatever you like!

Yield: 12-15 meatballs

Greek Meatballs Made with Lamb or Beef

Lamb Gyro Greek Meatballs Project Stepmom

Greek Meatballs are a delicious weeknight meal made in under 30 minutes! Stuff in a pita, on a salad or by themselves. They are delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef or Lamb
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp. Dried Fennel
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano

Toppings (optional)

  • Tomatoes
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Diced Cucumbers
  • Pita Bread


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a large baking sheet (or wire rack) with cooking spray.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients and mix by hand until well-blended.
  3. Roll meat mixture into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reads 165 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  5. If desired, turn boiler on high to brown and crust outside of meatballs.
  6. Serve with toppings inside a pita or with a side dish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate generated by a calculator.

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Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

[…] Greek Meatballs […]

Katie Miller

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

I thought I had seen this recipe before as it’s a picture on a Duke’s mayonnaise recipe for gyros and then read on to see it was different but quite similar. Will have to try this meatball version out.

Anna Kate

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'm following the Duke's Mayo comment. But these are quite tasty! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a note. Let me know how they turn out!

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Friday 7th of December 2018

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Emily Bruno

Thursday 29th of November 2018

Yum - we make a Greek feta dip that would be super yummy with these. Can't wait to try it!

Anna Kate

Friday 30th of November 2018

I'll have to try that, too!


Thursday 29th of November 2018

My family loves meatballs!!! These sound amazing

Anna Kate

Thursday 29th of November 2018

We do too! These are a rotating regular on our menu.

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