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If you love big, bold, Greek flavors, then these Greek Meatball Appetizers with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce are a must-make for your next party or gathering!

A closeup of a Greek meatball appetizer on a toothpick that has been dunked in tzatziki sauce.

These Greek meatball appetizers will be the hit of any party or social function.

They’re easy to make, too, and can be made in advance to help take some of the stress out of entertaining.

Or if you’re the one bringing them to a party they’re easy to transport and reheat, so take that! 😉

Bratwurst Bites are another popular appetizer recipe I know you’ll love.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Greek Appetizer Meatballs is available at the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list to make the Greek meatballs;

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The ingredient list to make the tzatziki sauce;

  • Cucumber, peeled, grated, and squeezed dry
  • Red Onion, finely diced
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Dried Oregano
  • Lemon Zest
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Kitchen tools and equipment needed;

Overhead photo of a bowl of Greek appetizer meatballs with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, cucumber, onion, and lemon.

What is the best temperature to serve these Greek meatballs?

I like to serve these meatballs hot, with the tzatziki dipping sauce being cold. Something about the contrast of temperatures is really delicious and tempting to me.

However, these meatballs can also be served at room temperature, and they’ll be equally as delicious!

How long can these meatball appetizers sit out at room temperature?

I’d suggest not letting them sit out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.

IF you need to have the meatballs out for a party for longer than two hours, I suggest keeping them warm in a crockpot or returning them to the oven to reheat after two hours’ time.

Can ground beef or pork be substituted for the ground lamb in the recipe?

Yes, but that will alter the flavor, and ultimately remove the majority of the “Greek” aspect of these easy appetizer meatballs.

That said, this recipe will still work, and it will even work with ground turkey or chicken. Just be sure when using ground poultry that you cook the meatballs thoroughly (to an internal temperature of 165-degrees Fahrenheit) and do not leave them to sit at room temperature for more than 60 minutes.

Can these Greek meatball appetizers be made in advance and can they be frozen?

Yes. And yes!

Make them up to 3 days in advance and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Cook and freeze them for up to 3 months in a well-sealed freezer container.

How many meatball appetizers will this recipe make?

As written, this recipe makes 58-60 mini-meatball appetizers that are approximately 1″ round.

Can these Greek meatballs be made larger, like dinner size meatballs?

They sure can!

If you’d like to make them larger, say golfball size or even larger, have at it. Just remember that you’ll need to cook them longer because naturally they’ll be bigger and require more cooking time.

A Greek meatball appetizer on a toothpick with tzatziki sauce.

How to make tzatziki dipping sauce;

  • Grate the cucumber and squeeze out the excess liquid in a paper towel to dry.
  • Add the prepared cucumber to a medium bowl along with diced red onion, lemon zest, Greek Yogurt, dried oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover well and refrigerate until ready to serve along with the meatballs.

The easy instructions for making Greek meatball appetizers:

  • Place the ground lamb in a large bowl.
  • Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out the excess water to dry.
  • Add the prepared spinach, bread crumbs, lemon zest, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and crumbled feta in the with meat.
  • Mix to thoroughly combine.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Shape the meat mixture into mini meatballs approximately 1″ round.
  • Add the oil to a large skillet and brown the meatballs on all sides over medium-high heat (this will need to be done in batches).
  • Remove the meatballs to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake the Greek meatballs in the oven for 10-12 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve hot with the chilled tzatziki sauce.

Greek meatballs on a baking sheet.

A closeup of a Greek meatball appetizer with spinach and feta cheese with a bite taken out.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s easy appetizer recipe for Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce.

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Greek Meatball Appetizers

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Big bold Greek flavors pair nicely in these delicious little appetizer meatballs. Compliment these meatballs with the cold and creamy tzatziki cucumber sauce and they're sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine easy appetizers
Servings 60 Meatballs
Calories 61 kcal


To make the tzatzitki sauce;

  • ½ cup grated cucumber squeezed dry
  • ½ cup finely diced red onions
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

To make the Greek meatball appetizers;

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


To make the tzatziki sauce;

  • Place all of the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • This can be made up to 5 days in advance.
  • Do not freeze

To make the Greek meatball appetizers;

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Place all of the meatball ingredients (except olive oil) in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Shape into 1" round side meatballs.
  • Add the oil to a large skillet.
  • Brown the meatballs (working in batches) on all sides.
  • Remove the browned meatballs and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the browned meatballs in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve them in a bowl with appetizer picks and the chilled tzatziki sauce.
  • OR, add them to a slow cooker on "warm" to keep them warm for serving.


Serving: 1meatballCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 116mg
Keyword easy appetizer recipe, Greek appetizers, Greek Meatball Appetizers, lamb meatballs
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A Greek meatball on a toothpick with tzatziki sauce, lemon, oregano, and cucumber dip.

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Recipe Rating


Friday 15th of November 2019

I do love big, bold Greek flavors and I know my friends and family will enjoy this too! Bring on the holiday parties!


Saturday 16th of November 2019

Me too. I'm ready to eat!! Thanks, Beth!


Friday 15th of November 2019

These meatballs are my new favorite party app! They are so moist and delicious!


Saturday 16th of November 2019

That's great. Glad you enjoy them! Thanks!!


Friday 15th of November 2019

Meatballs as appetizers are so much fun. Love the sound of these. Greek food is so delicious. I know these would be the hit at holiday parties.


Friday 15th of November 2019

Thank you, Gloria! Greek flavors are my favorite and these little meatballs pack quite a punch! Glad you like the sound of these. I do hope you'll make them sometime! Renee