Yummy Greek Meatballs

Readers often send me recipes that they have created, and this one looked so good I had to give it a try! Thank you Staci for sharing such a delicious dish with us, our whole family loved it!  Now, I’ll pass it on to all of you.

Greek MeatballsYummy  Greek Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb

1/2 pound ground beef

2 tablespoons minced chives

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 egg, room temp

1 tablespoon dried mint (I used fresh)

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 tespoons cumin

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

8-10 dried apricots, chopped

8 (or a many as you want) kalamata olives, chopped

Mix all the above ingredients and form into meatballs (I made about 1-2in meatballs).  Place on a cooling rack which is on a baking sheet so that they brown all the way around.  Bake at 450 about 15 mins, depending on size.

Makes approximately 15 meatballs.  Serves 3-4.



  1. Danielle says

    How fortuitous :) I just ordered a local organic grass-fed lamb. It comes on Wednesday. I will definitely try this recipe, but my main challenge will be using the organ meat :\

  2. Danielle says

    How fortuitous. Just ordered an organic grass-fed lamb with my co-worker :) It comes on Wednesday. I will definitely try this recipe, but my main challenge is to cook the organ meat :\

  3. Christine Baity says

    Every time I log on here in need of a new recipe, I feel like you have read my mind. Definitely serving this to our non-Paleo friends tomorrow night. As always, THANK YOU!!

  4. Hailey says

    I made this with boison and pork, and cherries instead of apricots. I also made a taziki sauce and Greek salad to go with them. Such a simple dinner! If you’re allowing the occasional dairy product, taziki is amazing (seriously, I could just eat it alone) and easy to make.

    Blend together:
    Plain Greek yogurt – the fattier the better
    Peeled cucumber – seeds removed if you like your sauce thicker
    Dill and Oregano – Fresh or dried, whatever is on hand
    Lemon Juice
    Garlic cloves
    They don’t have to be in precise measurements. How much or how little of each ingredient depends on your personal tastes. I use a lot of lemon juice in mine, because I like my taziki tangy :)

  5. Staci says

    They are delicious simmered in a jar of gluten free marinara sauce or better yet an arrabiata sauce. We also served them over julienned and sauteed zucchini which seemed like pasta noodles. Very good.

  6. Shannon says

    Really want to make this but my toddler is on an allergy elimination diet. Can I leave out the egg or use something like coconut or rice milk instead? He loves meatballs but eggs are out for now. (I know rice milk is not paleo, but it’s allowed and dairy/eggs/nuts are not.)

  7. jojo says

    you can make meatballs with no egg, with no problem. the stick together just fine. a prson adding egg and breadcrumbs would have a fluffier meat ball. but without either they come out terific, i make mine shaped like tiny hamburgers b/c they fry easier that way. just don’t over do them, you don;t want them to be dry.

  8. Melissa says

    I like to throw all the ingredients into my electric mixer, changes the consistancy of the meat , so that it binds well with the other ingredients with or without egg. learnt this from the dvd that came with my kitchenaid mixer, now that i am not making cakes with it, i use it for all my risoles and meatballs

  9. Colton says

    These were so tasty, I din’t have any lamb so i used 1 1/2 pounds of beef. The best thing was the non-paleo members of the family used them in a gyro and the paleo members made a salad

  10. Laura says

    Thank you for sharing…I just made these tonight and they were so yummy! I love the apricot, gives it a little sweetness and the olives are a great too which are salty. :)

    I will be making these again in the future!

  11. says


    We made an oven full of roasted veggies, these gorgeous meatballs AND that taziki sauce mentioned above and loved every bite of it! Thank you for the amazing recipes on your site and in your book.


  12. Bethany says

    I am working really hard on limiting my sugars…so I want to omit the apricot. Will it alter the taste dramatically?

  13. says

    Made these tonight, paired it with a fantastic greek salad and tzatziki. So good! My wife absolutely loved it. Was most excited about getting out and finding some lamb at an ethnic grocery store that I’d never visited but will now be a regular. If you’re looking for great Paleo/4HB ingredients head to a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean grocery. Better food, less money.

  14. Rebecca says

    I made them exactly as listed (except I was a tad liberal with the mint) and they were delicious! I also served it with tzatziki and salad (Tuscan kale with dried cranberries, pinenuts, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and a hint of honey). We generally avoid dairy, but at least yogurt doesn’t have much lactose, and tzatziki is just one of those things you have to make an exception for every now and then. :) And, because it was Valentine’s Day, we concluded with strawberries dipped in very dark chocolate (~85% cocoa).

    But I’m jealous that my husband gets the rest of the meatballs for lunch today…

  15. R says

    Hi! I made these last night. Actually forgot the mint and the chives, but they were still great! Wasn’t sure how the apricots and olives would be, but they really made the dish. Also made the tzatziki sauce on the side and served with some grilled asparagus. Thanks very much for the simple, tasty recipe!

  16. Giddified says

    These were pretty good, but it took quite a bit of time. I find lamb to be such a powerful flavor on its own that you could probably eliminate a bunch of the ingredients and still have a delicious meatball that’s faster and easier to make.

  17. says

    Sarah, hope you don’t mind I shared this on our humble blog. Were starting our first Paleo challenge, and everyone one of us workkout buddies bought your book (looking forward to the next installment)
    We wanted some recipes to tied us over till we get them in the mail – and this looked like just the ticket. Let me know if you’d like me to take it off – thanks

  18. mars says

    we loved these! left out the apricots and used fresh herbs from our garden…we grilled the meatballs too..fabulous!!! definitely making again, thank you!

  19. says

    I just made these and they are awesome! I overcooked them a little :( but they are still good! I am planning on serving them with zucchini noodles from the spiralizer and homemade tomato sauce. Yummmmm!

  20. Maggie says

    dried apricots with no added sulfates (they look dark brown) are available in the nut/dried fruit isle of trader joes. they are a nice addition to almost anything for which you want to add a little sweetness…

  21. Renee says

    Just made these for my book club meeting tonight. I sneaked a taste and they are AmazeBalls!! I added pine nuts, a teeny bit of tomato paste and a teeny bit of anchovy paste, just because I had them and they add great umami to just about everything.

  22. Mary says

    Made these last night and the flavor was amazing! The mint is a MUST. I used fresh mint as we’ll and it was so flavorful. My husband and son loved them

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