Greek Meatballs
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh leaf parsley
3 tablespoons grated onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest of a lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 egg
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
2 ounces cubed or crumbled feta cheese

Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 cup grated English cucumber, excess liquid squeezed out
1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
Juice of half a lemon
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon grated garlic
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


Greek Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the panko, parsley, grated onion, garlic, lemon zest and juice, egg, spices, salt and pepper.
  4. If you aren’t planning to stuff the meatballs with a cube of feta add the feta crumbles to the mixture.
  5. Add the ground beef to the mixture and combine with your hands being careful not to over-work the meat mixture.
  6. Form approximately 1 tablespoon sized meatballs.
  7. If you are stuffing the meatballs with feta, stuff a small cube of feta into the center of each meatball making sure it is completely covered.
  8. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, spray the tops with cooking spray, then place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Make the tzatziki sauce while the meatballs are baking.
  10. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve with the tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredient in a medium sized bowl, whisking or stirring together until combined.