March 20, 2020

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

This recipe for flavorful juicy Greek meatballs filled with fresh herbs is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for your weekly meal prep or a 30 minute weeknight dinner. The meatballs are baked in the oven and served with a cool creamy tzatziki sauce that you won’t be able to stop eating. This is a recipe that everyone will love!

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Easy Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

A juicy, flavorful, Greek meatball filled with fresh herbs and garlic just sounds like a good time, doesn’t it? Well these easy greek meatballs with extra flavorful tzatziki sauce are definitely a good time. 

Honestly, Greek food is SO my jam. Feta cheese, olives, fresh herbs, and fresh veggies is a combination that always sounds like heaven to me. We go to a local Greek deli a lot and, while I’ll never be able to exactly replicate my favorite dishes on their menu, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, right?

I think these Greek meatballs with tzatziki sauce are pretty dang delicious and will definitely give you your Greek “fix”. They are made with a combination of ground pork (you could also use ground lamb) and ground beef and plenty of fresh herbs and garlic.

Not only are they incredibly flavorful, these meatballs are also so easy to make. They’re baked in the oven on one sheet pan which means there is minimal cleanup or time spent standing over the stove. 

 To take things to another level, pair the meatballs with a creamy garlicky tzatziki sauce that you’ll want to eat by the spoonful. Keep reading to learn how to make this easy recipe that is perfect to meal prep for lunch or a quick dinner!

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How to Make Perfect Juicy Meatballs

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The trick to these meatballs is using a combination of ground beef and ground pork. The ground pork has a higher fat content than the ground beef which keeps these meatballs perfectly juicy and flavorful. 

Step One: The first step to making these meatballs is to chop the herbs, dice the onion, and mince the garlic. For ultimate flavor this recipe uses a combination of fresh mint, dill, and parsley as well as red onion and garlic. 

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Step Two: Once you have chopped everything, now it’s time to make the meatballs. Add the ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, and herbs to a mixing bowl. This is also when you’ll add the dried herbs, spices, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix everything until well combined.

Step Three: When the meat, herbs, and spices are well combined use a cookie dough scoop to form the meatballs and then roll them in between the palm of your hands. Place them on a sheet pan that has been drizzled with olive oil. 

Step Four: After all of the meatballs have been rolled and placed on the sheet pan, bake them at 425 degrees for 25-30 until they have cooked all the way through. 

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Cool and Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

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The meatballs are definitely the star of this recipe but the cool and creamy tzatziki sauce deserves an award, too. If you have never had tzatziki before I am incredibly excited for you to try this recipe because, honestly, it just might change your life. I know that’s a bold claim but trust me. 

Tzatziki is a thick sauce made from a combination of Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, salt, and lemon juice. Tzatziki sauce is great with these meatballs but it is also perfect as a dip for fresh veggies, pita bread, or crackers. 

If you have had tzatziki before but you’ve been intimidated by the idea of making it at home yourself, this is your lucky day. Homemade tzatziki is so easy to make and, personally, one of my favorite condiments to make at home. 

Having a food processor or high-powered blender makes whipping up a batch of tzatziki even easier because you can quickly chop the garlic, dill, and cucumber. Once that step is done, all you have to do is add the cumber, garlic, dill, Greek yogurt, salt, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir everything until well combined and store in the fridge!

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How to Serve the Meatballs

There are few different ways you can serve these meatballs and they are all absolutely delicious. I encourage you to get creative but, of course, I’ll share some of my favorite ways to eat these yummy meatballs!

  • Serve them an appetizer or party snack! These Greek meatballs are perfect to serve at a dinner party or as a fun appetizer. You can make a double batch of the meatball, put a cocktail stick in each one, and then serve the tzatziki on the side as a dipping sauce. 

  • Make a delicious Greek salad bowl! This is one of my favorite ways to serve these meatballs. Place them over a bed of fresh romaine or your favorite mixed greens and serve with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, dill, peppers, and whatever other veggies sound good. You can also add rice or Greek chickpea salad to your bowl if you would like. Finish off your bowl with a generous drizzle of tzatziki. 

  • Stuff them in a pita! If a Greek pita sandwich is more your thing, feel free to stuff these meatballs in a pita with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and of course, plenty of tzatziki sauce.

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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • ½ cup diced seedless cucumber

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic

  • ½ cup fresh dill

  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Add the ground pork, ground beef, fresh herbs, spices, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix everything until well combined.

  3. Scoop the meat mixture using cookie dough scoop to form the meatballs and then roll them in between the palm of your hands. Place them on a sheet pan that has been drizzled with olive oil.

  4. After all of the meatballs have been rolled and placed on the sheet pan, bake them at 425 degrees for 25-30 until they have cooked all the way through.

  5. While the meatballs are cooking, make the tzatziki sauce. Add the cucumber, garlic, and dill to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the cucumber mixture to the Greek yogurt and still until well combined. Stir in the lemon juice and salt and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

  6. When the meatballs are done, let them cool slightly and then serve with the tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

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    15 comments
  1. This is the second time making this recipe for my family. They loved it and so did I.
    Great adaptable recipe💕

  2. This was delicious! All of the flavors work perfectly together. I served the meatballs over rice with tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion with the tzatziki sauce on top. Will definitely make it again!

  3. The meatballs have super good flavor. I used a store bought dairy-free tzatziki which complimented the meatballs perfectly! Thank you Ashlea for sharing your talents with us! Will be back for more recipes soon!!

    • I personally always place the uncooked meatballs on a lined 1/4 size cookie tray and pop in the freezer until hard frozen and then place ina labled and dated freezer bag. When i want to cook them i cook at about 425 for 25 min +/-. Frreezing uncooked makes for a juicier end result in my openion.

  4. I just made these for the first time last night – they were SO GOOD!! I’m really glad I found your site, I can’t wait to try more of your recipes 🤗

  5. These Greek meatballs are INCREDIBLE! The flavors are perfection – I was a little nervous putting mint in the meatballs – if you are nervous, do it anyway! They were so delicious, we didn’t leave ourselves enough for a second dinner! I cannot wait to make these again, they will definitely become part of the regular dinner rotation!

  6. The meatballs are delicious! Plan to make them again and have already recommended them to several people. But the tzatziki sauce–it is so delicious and refreshing that I made another separate batch to eat as snacks!

  7. There’s something so therapeutic about making homemade meatballs. Loved all the spices that were included in the meatballs, really a lot of depth of flavor.

  8. SO, so good! The meatballs were great and so flavorful. I made 30 meatballs and made it 6 servings, but next time I think I’ll make fewer and have them be a little larger, or otherwise reduce cooking time a bit.

    The sauce is next level, it really puts the dish over the top. Huge difference over what I normally buy from Trader Joe’s. I didn’t feel like cleaning my food processor, so can confirm that an immersion blender works just fine!

    Can’t wait to try more recipes from your site!!

  9. These were so tasty! I love the sauce and the meatballs came out perfectly. I like that I didn’t have to fry and them bake them.

  10. I cannot say enough good things about these. I made some minor changes based on what I had on hand and taste preferences. I also added some finely diced cucumber to the meatball mix. I had store bought tzatziki sauce so I did not make the homemade version, but next time I will. Looking forward to trying more of Ashlea’s recipes!

  11. Thank you Ashlea for another great recipe! The meatballs were quick to make and delicious. Make extra tzatziki because you will want leftovers!! My 4 and 2 year old loved this meal — I made my husband and I salad bowls as outlined in the blog above the recipe. A perfect dinner!

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