Keftethakia-Lamb Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 10 mins

I got this recipe from a Greek boyfiends mother many years ago.Prep time doesn't include refrigeration of the raw mixture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat the eggs lightly in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Remove and discard the crusts from the bread.
  3. Soak bread in cold water and squeeze dry.
  4. Crumble into eggs and add onion, lemon juice, herbs, cheese and seasonings.
  5. Add the meat and blend lightly but thoroughly (I use my hands).
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Wet your hands and shape into balls about the size of a walnut.
  8. Roll in flour.
  9. Shallow fry until nicely brown.
  10. Lift out and drain.
  11. Serve hot or cold as an appetiser garnished with lemon wedges.
  12. If you plan to serve them cold, they are yummy stored in the fridge with cut lemons over them and then covered with cling wrap.


Most Helpful

JanS you have never let me down with any of your recipes but this one had me worried! When I mixed everything together, chilled it for an hour and started to make the meatballs I really thought that the mixture was too moist, but ,said I, Jan knows what she's doing so I persevered, rolled them in flour and put them back in the fridge til cooking time - they came out perfect! I do caution others be sure to really squeeze the bread. I only cooked a dozen, froze the others separately, then put them in a zip lock and into the freezer for future use. I had them as the meat course and served them with recipe#8926 Greek potatoes, baby steamed carrots and steamed (crisp) sugar peas. Thanks Jan for a great meal

Bergy February 21, 2003

My DH doesn't really like lamb unless it's done by Greeks, and preferably, the whole beast on a spit. However, he declared these a hit, although he still prefers beef based meatballs. I added some cumin. While I was mixing the meat into the other ingredients, DH looked at the recipe and noticed there was no garlic. I was ordered to stop mixing while he pureed 3 cloves. Next time, we'll add more mint and cumin. We think these would be great inside some flatbread with tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce.

OliveLover April 29, 2009

Super! I love lamb but never used ground lamb before. I had 1 lb. of ground lamb so I halved the recipe. I added 2 cloves of pressed garlic. I used a tbsp. of lemon juice and for the pepper just 1/4 tsp. Some orzo and cut up some tomatoes with cucumbers for an Israeli type of salad and you have a delicious meal. This would be nice with a tzatziki type of sauce as well. I will make this again! Thank you!

Oolala September 03, 2008

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