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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 mini gyro meatballs recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Mini Gyro Meatballs
- 1 pound ground lamb
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a Silpat.
- 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.
- Use a tablespoon to measure a heaping tablespoon of the ground lamb mixture and roll, by hand into round meatballs.
- 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.
- Remove and let cook for 5 minutes and then insert toothpicks and serve.
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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.
Thanks Dara 🙂 I bet you could even make them into burgers too… the options are pretty much endless!
Oh Laurie these meatballs look fab. Way to go mom.
Haha thanks Meagan! I wonder if my mom will even see this post?! 🙂
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.
These are adorable!
Like, I can’t stop drooling. Literally my mouth is watering like crazy right now – I LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE gyros, and meatball form sounds perfect!
I love these! I can’t wait to make them for football season.
I love greek food!! These meatballs are calling my name! Must make and serve with some fresh homemade pitas! YUM!
Ooooh I do love homemade pitas!
Yum…Mom always knows best!!
She sure does! 🙂
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?
Hey Michelle! I just fixed and double-checked the link 🙂
We love gyros! Super duper pumped to give these a try. Love it!
YEAH! I’m so glad your pumped 🙂 Miss you friend!
Can’t wait to try these out! They look amazing! Pinning 🙂
Thanks Katrina! Have a great weekend!
Yes to everything about these – I LOVE them!
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.
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.
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?
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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Cilantro in the meatballs right? Not parsley? The chopping board looks like cilantro while the final plate looks like parsley in the dip.
Yes! Cilantro in the meatballs
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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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I LOVE, LOVE, LOvE this recipe! I have successfully made it with 3 different proteins! I did increase the cilantro, feta and with that a little extra yogurt! This was a great recipe For dinner party. I did over estimate how many I needed… so filled a gallon freezer bag 2/3 full. I double bagged the left overs and WOW! These freeze fantastically and a quick defrost in the microwave returns these back to the little balls of delicious, moist and flavourful creations they are! Now, I have a recipe As a great “Go to” for a very tasty and healthy food! Perfect for parties and a single girls dinner/lunch or snack option! Thank you for sharing!
So happy to hear it, Leslie! Thank you for taking the time to not only make this recipe, but to leave such an amazing review! I appreciate it!!