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Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs are beef meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl or hummus bowl for dinner or serve with Tzatziki. 

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs in a hummus bowl.

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My family loves meatballs of all kinds but my personal favorite are Mediterranean inspired meatballs. 

Some we love are today’s Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs, Beef Kafta Meatballs, Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs and these Curry Meatballs.

The nice thing about meatballs is that you can make a big batch and freeze half for later. 

I also love that you can meal-prep them on the weekend and have them all week for hummus and rice bowls. 

We like to serve today’s Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs with this Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe.

The best part about Mediterranean inspired meatballs is the warm, rich spices that add so much flavor to them.

Heinen’s and I are teaming up to share this delicious, healthy recipe with you that makes a perfect meal!

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE MEDITERRANEAN BAKED MEATBALLS? 

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

  • Ground beef
  • Bread crumbs
  • Egg
  • Garlic
  • Shallots 
  • Fresh parsley
  • Spices: cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne red pepper

FOR THE TZATZIKI SAUCE:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh dill 
  • Cucumber 
  • Lemon juice 

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs in a hummus bowl.

HOW DO YOU MAKE MEDITERRANEAN BAKED MEATBALLS?

TO PREPARE THE TURKEY MEATBALLS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, shallots, parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs ingredients in a bowl.

Add the ground beef and use your hands to gently mix everything together.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs meatball mixture in a bowl.

Don’t over-mix the beef mixture. Form the beef mixture into 1-inch beef meatballs and put on the cookie sheet.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs meatballs on a baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs on a white platter.

TO PREPARE THE TZATZIKI:

  • To prepare the tzatziki sauce by combining the Greek yogurt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir well to combine.

  • Put in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs in a hummus bowl with vegetables.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THESE BEEF MEATBALLS?

VEGETABLES: I love adding a vegetable side dish like these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Lebanese Green Beans or this Air Fryer Cauliflower

SALADS: I always pair a salad with my Mediterranean Beef Meatballs. I especially like this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Summer Orzo Pasta Salad and this Easy Lebanese Salad.

OTHER SIDES: Some other sides I enjoy with this meal are Lemon Herb Couscous, 4 Ingredients Cheesy Orzo and this One Pot Creamy Tomato Herb Orzo.

OTHER BEEF RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

THE BEST ROAST BEEF RECIPE

LEBANESE MEAT PIES

MEXICAN ZUCCHINI

SLOW COOKER ITALIAN SHORT RIBS

MEDITERRANEAN BEEF KABOBS

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs with logo.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs in a hummus bowl.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Yield: 25-30 meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs are beef meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl or hummus bowl for dinner or serve with Tzatziki. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

FOR THE TZATZIKI SAUCE

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 cups cucumber, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, shallots, parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  3. Add the ground beef and use your hands to gently mix everything together. Don't over-mix the beef mixture. Form the beef mixture into 1-inch beef meatballs and put on the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  5. To prepare the tzatziki sauce by combining the Greek yogurt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir well to combine.
  6. Put in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. Serve the meatballs with the tzatziki sauce.

Notes

These meatballs work great as an appetizer served with tzatziki sauce.

You can also use the meatballs in a hummus or rice bowl.

Today’s post is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

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