Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)
These Greek meatballs are made with a mixture of beef and pork and seasoned with fresh herbs. They’re baked on a sheet pan for a easy cleanup. Serve these keftedes with dairy free tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes and couscous for a delicious and healthy meal. Make 36 meatballs.
Why I love these Greek meatballs
When I started my meatball mission, I didn’t think I would get around to making these Greek meatballs – mostly because I was hesitant about not being about to use feta cheese. But, the more I felt like I was being held back by the no dairy thing, the more I felt compelled to make them.
And, now I’m so glad I did. They’re super flavorful and remind me so much of a Greek gyros, which were one of my favorite late night meals in college. They’re also a little bit like the kebabs with sauce blanc we ate regularly our first year in France.
To make them dairy free, I used Panko breadcrumbs (always check the label though), and I made a dairy free tzatziki sauce with vegan sour cream or yogurt.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
How to make Greek meatballs
Combine the meatball ingredients. In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together, using your hands (or a fork), until they’re evenly combined. Be careful not to overwork the meat or you’ll end up with tough meatballs.
Shape the meatballs. Roll the meat into 2-inch meatballs. Use a cookie scoop to ensure your meatballs are uniform in size. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake the meatballs. Bake your keftedes in a 400˚F oven for about 20 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165˚F and the outside of the meatballs should be golden brown.
FAQs and tips for making keftedes
- Keep your Greek meatballs cold to prevent breaking down right away in the oven. This helps retain moisture in your meatballs.
- To avoid tough meatballs, don’t over mix or squeeze your meatballs too tight.
- Wet your hands to prevent the meatballs from sticking to you when you’re shaping them.
What to serve with Greek meatballs
I like to serve my keftedes as a bowl style meal with Israeli couscous, but you could also use them to fill pitas for a gyro sandwich or wrap. Whatever you prefer.
- Tzatziki sauce (or vegan tzatziki)
- Pita or garlic naan
- Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion
- Feta cheese (or dairy free feta, such as Violife)
More delicious meatball recipes:
- Baked Italian meatballs
- Meatball stroganoff
- Giant meatballs baked in tomato sauce
- Meatball satay with peanut sauce
Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)
Greek Meatballs | This easy keftedes recipe is made with a mixture of beef and pork with mint and oregano. Baked on a sheet pan and served with tzatziki sauce (dairy free with gluten free option) #Greek #meatballs
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 36 meatballs 1x
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper,
- Mix the meatball ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands, until evenly combined.
- Scoop mixture and roll into 2 inch meatballs.
- Bake meatballs for 20 minutes, or until they have reached 165˚F.
- Remove from oven and let meatballs for a few minutes before serving.
- Category: Mains
- Cuisine: Greek
- Serving Size: 3 meatballs
- Calories: 315
- Sugar: 0.1 g
- Sodium: 296.5 mg
- Fat: 20 g
- Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 0.6 g
- Fiber: 0.2 g
- Protein: 31.8 g
- Cholesterol: 118.6 mg
Keywords: easy, dairy free, baked
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Last Updated on April 2, 2022 by Melissa Belanger
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Before leaving a comment or rating, ask yourself:
Did you mean 2 TBS each of Mint & Oregano?
Yes! Thanks for catching that!
It says there is a gluten free option, but I don’t see any recommendation on a substitute for the breadcrumbs.
You can substitute any gluten free breadcrumb. It will depend on what options are available at your local grocery store.