Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe

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Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe

Meatballs are typically something I associate with a rich red sauce like marinara and a giant plate of spaghetti. However, the temperatures are rising, spring is in the air and summer is around the corner and lately I’ve been craving lots of vibrancy in my meals. These lamb meatballs with tzatziki and mint gremolata are the perfect dish to enjoy during the warmer months. Bright, zingy and herbaceous – you’ll be coming back to this satisfactory combination time and time again.

Lamb meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata
Lamb meatballs with tzatziki & mint gremolata

I admittedly do not typically cook a ton of lamb – I find that it is easy to overcook which in turn, makes it a bit tough and gamey. The end product of this juicy meatball recipe though leaves for tender and delicious meatballs. The key is to not cook the meatballs for too long in the oven and also to not overwork them when forming them into their shape before baking. Additionally, buying quality ground lamb (and quality ingredients, in general) makes all the difference in the world. Rollin’ Oats carries grass fed ground lamb by Thomas Farms, which I highly recommend.

Lamb meatball ingredients
Lamb meatball ingredients

You don’t have to make your own tzatziki if you don’t want to; however, the process is actually quite simple. In the event that you’re pressed for time, or would just simply like to skip crafting your own tzatziki, Rollin’ Oats carries a few different options. For those avoiding dairy, may I suggest Kite Hill dairy-free, and for anyone else, perhaps reach for Cedar’s Tzatziki.

Tzatziki Ingredients
Tzatziki ingredients

In my opinion, the mint gremolata is what really brings the dish together. Gremolata is traditionally made with parsley, lemon zest and garlic as its main ingredients. But, this rendition is made with mostly mint and a touch of fresh dill. It adds an extra lively zing that is really lovely. You could go the standard route though and opt for Parsley – in fact, feel free to use any kind of fresh herb that you’d like. Crafting gremolata with basil is one of my favorite ways to make it.

Serve these meatballs alongside warm pita and lemon wedges and enjoy this with a group as an appetizer, or simply as your main course. Either way, you’ll discover that these meatballs will be loved by all.

This herbaceous plate of meatballs, Tzatziki & mint gremolata is perfect for the Spring & Summer months

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe

Abby Allen
These meatballs are bright and herbaceous enough on their own, but tzatziki and zingy gremolata really liven up the party. Feel free to swap out the lamb for ground beef or turkey.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Greek
Servings 4 people
Calories 501 kcal

Ingredients
  

Tzatziki

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup english cucumber grated
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dill chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mint Gremolata

  • 3 tbsp mint finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill finely chopped
  • 1 lemon zest of entire lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

Tzatziki

  • Add grated cucumber to a clean dish cloth or cheese cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
    Grated cucumber for the Tzatziki
  • Add cucumber to bowl with remaining Tzatziki ingredients and mix well. Season with salt as needed and refrigerate until ready to use.
    The finished Tzatziki

Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, combine ground lamb, panko, parsley, egg, grated garlic and onion, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well.
    Lamb meatball ingredients mixed well and ready to form
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and form meat mixture into golfball-size meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet.
    Lamb mixture formed into golf ball size meatballs
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping meatballs at 9-10 minute mark, until cooked through (meatballs will take on slight color). Be sure not to overcook them, as they will become tough.
    Meatballs after baking in the oven

Mint Gremolata

  • While the meatballs bake, whisk all gremolata ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Season with salt as needed.
    Mint gremolata

Assembly

  • Spoon and smear Tzatziki on a plate, add a few meatballs, spoon over gremolata and serve with warm pita and lemon wedges.
    Lamb meatballs, Tzatziki, mint gremolata
Nutrition Facts
Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 1038mg45%
Potassium 533mg15%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1114IU22%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 28gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1038mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1114IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Greek Meatballs, Lamb Meatballs
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