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Easy Middle Eastern Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lbs ground beef or other ground meat
  • ½ onion grated
  • Salt to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Spice Blend

  • 1 Tbs coriander
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs dry garlic
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¾ tsp ground mustard
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice half a lemon
  • Half a cucumber peeled seeded and grated
  • Adobo season salt

Quick Pickled Onions

  • 1 small onion sliced
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Splash white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Mix up the spice blend. Add the spices to the ground meat with the grated onion, salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix well and then form the meatballs, a small ice cream scoop is perfect for the job. Place the meatballs on a greased baking rack over a pan or a broiler pan. Bake for 15-25 minutes.

For the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and adjust salt to personal preference. Cucumber Yogurt Sauce can be made in advance and kept for days in the fridge.

For the Quick Pickled Onions

  1. Thin slice the onion, a mandolin is great for this, then add the rest of the ingredients. The quick pickled onions can be made in advance and kept for days in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Serve on bed of arugula or lettuce that has been lightly dressed with lemon, salt and olive oil with pita or whole wheat tortillas on the side.