Easy Lamb Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs on white plate
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Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
326 Calories
18g Fat
18g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 326
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 672mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 23g
Calcium 133mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

For a change of pace, try ground lamb the next time you make meatballs. The lamb really works perfectly with the Middle Eastern spices in this easy recipe. These lamb meatballs are delicious served over rice, pasta, or couscous.


  • For the Lamb Meatballs:
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 cloves garlic (mashed)
  • 2 teaspoon rosemary (minced fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup mint (chopped, fresh)
  • Optional: red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 cups prepared tomato sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix together the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

  2. Add the rest of the lamb meatball ingredients and mix with your hands until just combined.

  3. To test the seasoning, cook a small piece of the lamb mixture to check for salt and pepper. With damp hands, form into 24 small meatballs and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet.

  4. Bake in a preheated 450 F oven for 15 minutes to brown.

  5. Transfer into a large saucepan and add the sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook covered, on low, for 1 hour. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

  6. These tasty lamb meatballs are delicious served over some lemon couscous.