Keftedes: Baked Greek Meatballs

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

A Greek twist on the Italian classic, your family will love these flavor-packed gluten-free meatballs seasoned with oregano, allspice, and garlic.

Greek Meatballs Plated

I’m pretty certain my husband would eat anything in meatball form. I can’t say I blame him.

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There is just something about having a platter of meatballs for dinner that puts a smile on his face and I’m happy to oblige.

Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with BBQ Pork Meatballs - The Lemon Bowl

We typically go the Italian route with Beef and Ricotta and I’m a huge fan of Vietnamese BBQ Pork Meatballs but this time I decided to give them a Greek spin.

Liz Cracking Egg
Making Meatballs

My husband’s favorite herb is oregano and I couldn’t resist adding a little allspice that I had on hand from creating my Lebanese All-Purpose Spice Blend.

Liz Grating Garlic
raw meatballs being placed on a cookie sheet

How to cut down calories and fat in meatballs:

To cut down on calories and fat, I always bake my meatballs in a 350-degree oven for around 20 minutes or until browned on both sides.

Fat is not the enemy but I would much rather brown vermicelli in clarified butter (ghee) or drizzle the finished dish with extra virgin olive oil than waste hundreds of calories simply browning the meatballs.

Baked Greek Meatballs Recipe

Meat Options:

We used ground beef this time around because it was what we had on hand but feel free to use ground lamb, bison, or turkey. As an added bonus, these are naturally gluten-free.

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greek meatballs with rice and vermicell

Keftedes: Baked Greek Meatballs

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A Greek twist on the Italian classic, your family will love these flavor-packed meatballs seasoned with oregano, allspice and garlic.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 20 ounces ground beef ((or lamb, turkey, etc.))
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place ground meat in the bottom of a medium bowl and add all remaining ingredients. Use your hands and mix together ingredients until everything is fully incorporated.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, form mixture into evenly sized meatballs and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. (Makes 28-30 total meatballs.)
    Easy Greek Meatballs

Notes

Serve with Lebanese Rice Pilaf if you wish. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4meatballsCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 35gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 2.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 758mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 0.9g

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72 responses to “Keftedes: Baked Greek Meatballs”

  1. Suzanne Avatar
    Suzanne

    I would like to serve these tonight as a main course – maybe over egg noodles/no skewers. Any suggestions as to how to go about it? Clarified butter is above my skill level. I do have a small any of left over tzatziki and feta on hand, but it still feels like I need something to moisten the noodles. Maybe a white wine butter sauce? Any ideas? Would I need to season the sauce and if so, how?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      How about olive oil, garlic and salt for the pasta?

  2. Yvonne Avatar
    Yvonne

    Also I missed picking up a small cookie scoop, hope using a tablespoon to scoop us meat will work.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh yes that will work fine!

  3. Yvonne Avatar
    Yvonne

    Can i prepare ahead of time and bake the next day?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Absolutely! You can also freeze!

  4. Jes Avatar
    Jes

    Finally – someone else who skewers meatballs! I think my next challenge will be to see if I can make a meatball burger…

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love anything on a skewer!

  5. Kelley @ Chef Savvy Avatar
    Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    Yum Greek meatballs sound awesome! I love the idea of them being gluten free.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you like them Kelley!

  6. Sue Bunton Avatar
    Sue Bunton

    I made these the other night and my only regret is that I should have doubled the recipe!! The boys were looking for more!!

    p.s. On another sort of funny note….the same day that I made the meatballs, I decided to make (again!) your black bean burgers to have on hand for lunch for the rest of the week. Well, they were cooling on the island on a platter and in a haste to run off to an activity, I forgot to put them in the refrigerator. Needless to say, Molly, our goldendoodle counter surfed and scarfed those bad boys down!!!! I was soooooo bummed!!! Bad Molly!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh that is too funny!! Bad Molly is right!

  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche Avatar
    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    this is definitely something i will be making for lunch.. i love greek meatballs! i think i’ll add tzatziki and a pita with mine!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love them as much as we did!!

  8. Maralyn Woods Avatar
    Maralyn Woods

    This looks really good. I really appreciate that you included the nutritional information.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much – enjoy!

  9. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm Avatar
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Ooooh I liked the idea of adding tomato paste! The spices are definitely what make it! Sooooooo good! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you enjoy!!

  10. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats Avatar
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Greek anything rocks… pass the fork I’m ready to dig in!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Seriously! Greek food is the best!

  11. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    This is my kind of dinner! Craving those meatballs!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both! Thanks Gaby!

  12. Bri | Bites of Bri Avatar
    Bri | Bites of Bri

    We love meatballs and I totally agree with you on cooking them in the oven. The oven is so much easier and healthier! Thanks for posting, Liz. Happy to have a recipe using the fresh oregano from the garden. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad to help – enjoy!

  13. Carolyn Avatar
    Carolyn

    I love this recipe! Your meatballs are so round, I have trouble keeping mine round once I cook them.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So funny – I never thought about that!! I do use an ice cream scooper – maybe that’s why?

  14. Matt Robinson Avatar
    Matt Robinson

    It’s 9AM but nothing sounds better to me than these meatballs!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YES!! I love savory foods in the morning. ;)

  15. Sue Bunton Avatar
    Sue Bunton

    Do you have a recipe on your site for the rice with vermicelli?

    1. Sue Bunton Avatar
      Sue Bunton

      I am not sure I am that adventurous to try homemade ghee!! But I always have Trader Joe’s ghee on hand for your hushwee! By the way, the hushwee was a HUGE hit my family’s 4th of July gathering!! It was gone in minutes!! I should have doubled the recipe!!

    2. Jo Avatar
      Jo

      Any advice on how to keep these warm without drying them out for a 4pm party that includes dinner?

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        How about a slow cooker?

  16. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough Avatar
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh hey there, meatball twin! ;) My husband is the same way — for whatever reason, if it’s in meatball form, he’ll go crazy for it. I’ll have to serve him up (and me, obvs :)) a big serving of these yummy meatballs next!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah I love that we are meatball twins!!!

  17. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl Avatar
    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl

    Love meatballs and love using bison! These look easy and delish!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am such a bison fan!!!

  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    These are my favorite kinds balls, yo!! Opa!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Opa is right!!! I want some saganaki now!

  19. Anita at Hungry Couple Avatar
    Anita at Hungry Couple

    I completely agree with you about baking the meatballs and I’m with your husband on the dried oregano. Love. Yum. Pinning!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks so much Anita!

  20. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! Avatar
    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    I am certain we would be all over these meatballs. I made Greek kabobs the other day and we devoured them – I can only imagine what would happen to these :). So good!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Greek kabobs sound amazing!!!

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