Mini Gyro Meatballs

These mini gyro meatballs are easy and delicious. Ground lamb, spices, feta and cilantro bake to perfection, Great for a cocktail party! 

Mini Gyro Meatballs l

Mini gyro meatballs are on the menu today and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!

First I must to give props to my Mom, well because it’s her very own recipe. However, I made one minor change by adding feta. But that’s it, I swear. These cute little balls are a simple mixture of ground lamb, cilantro, Greek yogurt, spices and feta cheese to make the most delicious appetizers you’ll ever stick your toothpick in.


All you need is the above goods a bowl and your impeccably clean hands and in no time you’ll be turning out mini gyro meatballs. Let’s go!


First grab a handful of rinsed, fresh cilantro.


Next mince it up nice and fine until you get about two tablespoons.

cilantro and feta

Then add that to a bowl with the pound of ground lamb and a quarter cup of feta cheese.Because I had it on hand, I’m using sun-dried tomato. However regular feta is perfectly fine here.

yogurt and spices

Next add in the Greek yogurt, cayenne pepper and cumin.


Thi is where your impeccably clean hands come in. By hand, start mixing.


Next measure 2 tablespoons of the ground lamb mixture and roll it between your hands to form small uniformed balls.

20 meatballs

Then placing them on a lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400° oven for 18-20 minutes. No need to turn, flip, roll or any of that business. It’s really that simple.

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This recipe makes 20 meatballs which is perfect to feed a small get together. Serve it with homemade tzatziki sauce as a dip and watch them disappear!


Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!


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Yield: 20 meatballs \\ 4-5 people

Mini Gyro Meatballs

Mini Gyro Meatballs
Perfect for a cocktail party or sandwiched in pita bread!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. In a large bowl combine the pound of ground lamb with the feta cheese, Greek yogurt, minced cilantro, ground cumin, kosher salt and cayenne pepper and mix by hand. Be careful not to over mix.
  3. Use a tablespoon to measure a heaping tablespoon of the ground lamb mixture and roll, by hand into round meatballs.
  4. Place each meatball onto a rimmed baking sheet spacing them an inch or two apart and bake for 18-20 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.
  5. Remove and let cook for 5 minutes and then insert toothpicks and serve.
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32 Responses to “Mini Gyro Meatballs”

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    Cookin Canuck — August 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh yeah….huge props to your mum because these sound fantastic! And I love her idea of making them into patties to slip inside of a pita.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      Thanks Dara 🙂 I bet you could even make them into burgers too… the options are pretty much endless!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Oh Laurie these meatballs look fab. Way to go mom.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Haha thanks Meagan! I wonder if my mom will even see this post?! 🙂

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    Tanya B — August 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

    You and your mom are a couple of geniuses. It never would have occured to me to make large, flat “meatballs” for sandwhiches. These are so calling my name right now.

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    These are adorable!

  5. #
    Heather — August 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Like, I can’t stop drooling. Literally my mouth is watering like crazy right now – I LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE gyros, and meatball form sounds perfect!

  6. #
    Jennie — August 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love these! I can’t wait to make them for football season.

  7. #
    Tieghan Gerard — August 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I love greek food!! These meatballs are calling my name! Must make and serve with some fresh homemade pitas! YUM!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

      Ooooh I do love homemade pitas!

  8. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Yum…Mom always knows best!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

      She sure does! 🙂

  9. #
    Michelle Ritchie | Delicious Karma — August 9, 2013 at 2:40 am

    These look amazing! I love mini meatballs as appetizers…so satisfying. And the fact that they’re Greek will make them taste all the better. However, for some reason, the link to the dip is not working for me. Has anyone else had any issues?

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

      Hey Michelle! I just fixed and double-checked the link 🙂

  10. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — August 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    We love gyros! Super duper pumped to give these a try. Love it!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

      YEAH! I’m so glad your pumped 🙂 Miss you friend!

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    Katrina Vega — August 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Can’t wait to try these out! They look amazing! Pinning 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

      Thanks Katrina! Have a great weekend!

  12. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — August 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Yes to everything about these – I LOVE them!

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I absolutely love gyros. I used to live just a few steps away from a Greek restaurant and I would have them all. the. time. These look delicious! Such a great idea to make them meatballs, and I can see saving some money by making them myself.

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    Lucy — August 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I got to say that looks amazing! I think this would be great for school lunches too. School is almost here and I think meatballs are just fulfilling for a lunch.

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    Coni F — December 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    What would you recommend if I want to make them ahead of time? I plan on bringing these as appetizers on Xmas Eve.. should I leave them formed and raw on the fridge? bake them a little bit and then finish?

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 23rd, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

      I would make them into meatballs ahead of time and place them on the baking sheet, cover them with foil or plastic wrap and bake shortly before you need to leave. I would cook them fully and if you have an option to reheat them later that would be best. Enjoy!

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    Coni F — December 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm


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    CarolineC — September 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Cilantro in the meatballs right? Not parsley? The chopping board looks like cilantro while the final plate looks like parsley in the dip.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 25th, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

      Yes! Cilantro in the meatballs

  18. #
    CarolineC — September 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks!! We made your Tomato Tart last night alongside an arugula Parmesan salad. It was truly exquisite! What a find your site is. Bravo from Toronto!!

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    Lori Guerin — July 30, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Made these today. We were looking for an alternative to a gyro that was South Beach diet friendly. Followed the recipe exactly….Wow, so good, so easy! They were a hit! Thanks will definitely make again and again.


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