Greek Meatballs With Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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When my husband and I first started dating (after walking across the country together… really), we had the chance to travel around Europe a little. While we were there, we tried as many new cuisines as we could. One of the best meals we had was at a delicious Greek restaurant in downtown Brussels. I’ve never been able to find Greek food that good since then, so I’ve been experimenting with recipes. These Greek meatballs are a result of those experiments.

Keftedes with Tzatziki (Greek Meatballs With Cucumber Sauce)

If you’re ever at a Greek restaurant or festival and see keftedes and tzatziki on the menu it’s talking about meatballs with a cucumber yogurt sauce. The meatballs have a subtle, herby flavor from fennel and mint and a little brightness from lemon.

The tzatziki is just plain delicious on everything. I made it for the first time to go with the meatballs, but it also makes an awesome veggie dip and salad dressing. I like to make it in a little food processor or with an immersion blender to make everything really smooth, but you can also just chop the garlic and cucumber finely and whisk everything together.

This meal is delicious any time of year, but we especially love it during the summer when cucumber, fennel, and mint are fresh and available at the farmers’ markets.

Make It Ahead!

The tzatziki can be used immediately after making it, but the flavors really become more pronounced if you refrigerate it for an hour or so before serving. Making ahead is always handy!

While you’re at it, the meatballs can be rolled into balls and refrigerated until cooking time too. I just put them on a baking sheet and put the whole sheet in the fridge. Sometimes I make a double batch and freeze some for another meal.

Usually, I serve the meatballs alongside Greek salad or tossed on a romaine salad with tomatoes and cucumber. And if I’m headed to a potluck, these Greek meatballs make an awesome appetizer. I stick them on skewers with grape tomatoes, chunks of cucumber, and cubes of feta. This baked feta recipe is also a delicious result of my travels.

If you’d like a bigger version, I also have a Greek meatloaf recipe with similar flavors. Maybe next time we have a Greek night I’ll try these baklava-inspired shortbread cookies for dessert.

Greek Meatballs Recipe

Delicious meatballs with fennel, mint, lemon, and garlic for a Greek flair.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 130kcal
Author Katie Wells





Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cucumber (finely chopped)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix with hands. Add any extra almond flour if needed to make thick enough to form into meat balls.
  • Form into 1 inch meatballs and place on an oiled baking sheet or in a large baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
  • While baking, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce or use an immersion blender to make it smooth.
  • Serve meatballs with the yogurt sauce.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Greek Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 meatballs)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 108IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serve on toothpicks as an appetizer or on a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, and tzatziki sauce as a dressing.

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These delicious Greek meatballs are made with hints of lemon, mint, fennel and onion for a fragrant, delicious and filling dish! Topped with homemade Tzatziki sauce.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


34 responses to “Greek Meatballs With Tzatziki Sauce Recipe”

  1. Melissa O Avatar
    Melissa O

    Thank you for sharing a dairy free sauce Kyraiki! I usually sub a plant based yogurt alternative (PC Plain Coconut is my current go-to), but I love trying new recipes too!

  2. Carolyna Avatar

    Hi Katie, greetings from Greece and congratulations on the wonderfullness that is your site!

    Keftedes with tzatziki is a favourite summer meal here – just sending my Greek input:

    – For those who eat other red meat, the keftedes are decidedly tastier when using ground beef or a 50-50 mix of beef and pork. Also, we dont use fennel in the meatballs here, but dried mint and fresh parsley (or dried oregano & fresh parsley)

    – Tzatziki is great with the addition of fresh chopped dill and a dash of plain red wine vinegar instead of lemon, and don’t forget the olive oil! Another tip I was given by a chef who made the best tzatziki I ever tasted: put half the cucumber you’re using through the garlic press and grate the rest on the largest hole side. Fresh garlic is always superior to garlic powder, especially in tzatziki.

    Happy cookings!

    1. Katina Avatar

      I was hoping someone with Greek cooking knowledge would come along and add the dill and mint!! The parsley is great too! Thank you.

  3. Anna Avatar

    3 stars
    Doubled the fennel and mint, and still pretty bland. The turkey was very soft when forming meatballs, and a messy goo formed all over the bottom of the pan. Suggest doubling all spices or more and using a rack, and maybe using lamb instead of turkey.

  4. Jes Avatar

    Might try making these but on meatball kebabs! I think it would make a good appetizer !

3.79 from 23 votes (22 ratings without comment)

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