Firsthand Foods Greek Beef Meatballs

Greek Beef Meatballs

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Originally conceived to feature our lamb, Firsthand Foods Greek Beef Meatballs recipe works with either protein and works really well with our beefy flavored ground beef. We’ve adapted our original recipe to show you how easy it is to mix and match to suit your tastes and wallet. This is a fun recipe to make for an easy dinner, appetizer or potluck contribution. Enjoy!


  • 1 package Firsthand Foods Ground Beef
  • 12 large mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ c. panko or plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs. Olive OIl

For Tzatziki Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 c. diced cucumber, peeled & seeds removed
  • 1 – 8 oz. container plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Juice from ½ of a lemon
  • Pepper


  1. Place ground beef, mint leaves, garlic, ground cinnamon, lemon zest, and bread crumbs in a large bowl. Add ½ tsp. salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Using your hands, thoroughly mix ingredients together.
  2. Using a small spoon, scoop out 2-3 Tbs. of the ground beef mixture at a time and using your hands, roll into a small meatball. Place meatballs on a plate in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  3. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add meatballs and cook for about 15-17 minutes over medium heat, rotating regularly to allow browning on all sides.

For Tzatziki Sauce:

  1. Place cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat and place a bowl on top of the cucumbers to act as a press.  This allows moisture to release from the cucumbers, making the sauce thicker.
  2. Drain cucumbers and add to a mixing bowl. Add additional ingredients and stir to combine.  Serve with Greek Beef Meatballs.