Lamb Meatballs with Feta & Mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms, celery and garlic add flavor and help keep calories in check and portions hearty in this easy lamb meatball recipe. We like to serve these meatballs with warm pita, cucumbers, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce or hummus.

Active Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup fine dry breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 pound lean ground lamb


  1. Finely chop mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  3. Add breadcrumbs, pine nuts, feta, mint, oregano, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the cooled vegetables; stir until combined. Add lamb and mix gently to combine (do not overmix). Form into 30 meatballs (a scant 2 tablespoons each) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake the meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Freeze baked, cooled meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

219 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g 33%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Vitamin A 97IU 2%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 42mcg 11%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 387mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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