Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

These delicious meatballs are a staple of the Greek diet. Wonderful as appetizers or a main dish, served plain or simmered in tomato sauce.


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or lamb
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, finely minced 
  • 2–4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mint
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • ¼ cup parsley (optional)
  • Flour
  • Olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well with hands.
  2. Shape into 16 round patties, like thick hamburgers.
  3. Dredge patties in flour.
  4. Pan fry in oil until well browned and cooked all the way through.

Serving Suggestions

Serve hot or cold with either plain, unsweetened yogurt or Tsatziki.