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Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs
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The following recipe and photography were provided courtesy of Julia of A Cedar Spoon.

These Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs are a delicious protein-packed entrée that can easily be enjoyed on their own or with a medley of veggies.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Formed from all beef and mixed with warm, rich spices like cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper, these meatballs are lean and baked, making them a healthy meal option.

For the most flavor, I recommend pairing these meaty bites with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create rice or hummus bowls with a side of homemade tzatziki.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs


For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb. Heinen's CARE Certified ground beef
  • ¼ cup Heinen's bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the Tzatziki Sauce

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


To Prepare the Beef Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 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. Be careful not to overmix. Form the beef mixture into 1-inch  meatballs and place on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.

To Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce

  1. To prepare the tzatziki sauce, combine the Greek yogurt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
  2. Put in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mediterranean Baked Beef Meatballs

Julia Jolliff

By Julia Jolliff

Julia is all about creating quick and easy weeknight meal ideas, kid-friendly recipes and a few sweet treats. Her roots are from the Mediterranean and many of my recipes incorporate those flavors!

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