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Greek Meatballs Keftedes with Tzatziki

Greek Meatballs – If you are looking for juicy and flavorful meatballs then you are at the right place. These Greek meatballs will make you super happy!

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Dip on the side.

Meatballs are mostly cooked in sauce or gravy. Today’s Greek Meatballs recipe gives you tender and juicy meatballs that are so delicious you will enjoy them without any sauce or dips.

Close up shot featuring juicy Greek Meatballs.

Talking about dips, Keftedes (Greek Meatballs) are mainly served with Tzatziki. A dip made using Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and dill.

There are different versions out there and in some tzatziki recipes, the amount of dill is just too much. You can, of course, add more chopped dill if you wish but I have made this dip to my family’s liking.

Delicious creamy Tzatziki Dip.

How To Make Tzatziki Dip

Although making Tzatziki is simple yet you have to make sure to squeeze the cucumber after shredding it to prevent the dip from turning watery.

Also, if you don’t have Greek yogurt, you can add plain yogurt to a cheesecloth and place it over a colander, place a plate or bowl under the colander to catch the water dripping from the yogurt.

Leave it for at least an hour in the fridge. This step will reduce the amount of water in the yogurt and will make it thicker in texture just like Greek yogurt.

Side shot of Greek Meatballs half eaten and showing how tender it is.

How To Make Greek Meatballs

Back to making the meatballs. You don’t have to marinade the mixture, mix all the ingredients together and form equal size balls, dredge into flour and fry it. Great for quick dinner and it tastes amazing in a sandwich.

I used a cookie scoop to shape the meatballs, using a scoop gives you equal size meatballs that will cook at the same time.

Two tablespoons of the meatball mixture will give a decent size ball, and it will cook for 8 minutes. Overcooking the meatballs will take away everything you look for in a juicy and flavorful meatball.

I suggest that you fry one meatball for 7 to 8 minutes and check if you have overcooked the meatball or undercooked it.

Close shot of Tzatziki Dip topped with olive oil and black olives.
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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Dip Recipe

I’m teaching how to make tender and juicy Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki dip. This homemade version will wow your guest and family for sure.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek,
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Muna Kenny


Greek Meatball:

  • 400 gm ground lamb
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt I used around ½ teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 medium size onion grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • After Shaping the Meatballs use:
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour for dredging
  • Oil to fry the meatballs

Tzatziki Dip:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium cucumbers shredded squeeze to remove excess water
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • Salt to taste


Making the meatballs:

  • In a bowl add all the ingredients except the ground lamb and mix well until combined.
  • Add the ground lamb and keep on mixing until the ingredients are all incorporated.
  • You can cover the meatball mixture and place it in the fridge for an hour, or you can start scooping the meatballs and shape them into equal size balls.
  • In a frying pan add enough oil to fry the meatballs.
  • Dredges each meatball in flour before placing it in the frying pan.
  • Fry the meatballs in two batches. 8 minutes are usually enough for the meatballs to cook and still be juicy. Move the meatballs while frying to cook all sides.
  • Serve hot.

Making Tzatziki

  • In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.


Calories: 450kcal
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  1. That’s my husband’s favourite meal!Happy New Year, Muna.

  2. What I love about meatballs is that they’re so versatile. They can be used for a full meal or as an appetizer. And there’s so many sauces to dip them in. I do love tzatziki though 🙂

  3. This is definitely a must-try recipe to me. I always love the meatball and haven’t try this before. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  4. Kevin Brotac

    the Tzatziki Dip is certainly stealing the show! It looks really good. I will make some meatball and hope to get the Dip right!

  5. 5 stars
    This is the first time I heard about Greek Meatballs Keftedes with Tzatziki. I hope I can try cooking it soon. It looks so yummy!

  6. 5 stars
    I love greek food! And I love Ttzatziki sauce especially. I would totally eat this up. Yum!

  7. saving these recipes so that I can serve these for Sunday lunch. I love meatballs and tatziki but have never tried them together.

  8. That is a good tip to leave it in the fridge. I would try making these when my grown kids come to visit.

  9. 5 stars
    These look amazing, and I bet with ground lamb they would be! We do not have ground lamb here, but I think I will make some with ground beef tomorrow!

  10. blair villanueva

    5 stars
    Dear, I haven’t got my lunch while reading this post and oh boy, I want this for lunch. You did it so delicious!

  11. 5 stars
    I may have found my new favorite meal! WoW

  12. Monidipa

    Meatballs are my favourite but our recipe is a bit different. I’ll try it out this way too!

  13. We went to Greece last year for a month and this is the recipe we brought back with us was their meat ball and the tzatziki! I love Tzatziki! <3

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