Italian Lamb Meatballs

Monday, April 25, 2011
Lamb Meatballs infused with Italian herbs and spices are actually a fantastic way to use ground lamb and so flavorful.

These lamb meatballs can be served as an appetizer with cucumber saucem delcious shaped into patties with tomato sauce for a burger, or just as a meal served on top of rice.

If you were looking for a way to use up ground lamb, this is the perfect addition to your recipe collection.

The little meatballs are perfect for hosting a party and a wonderful finger food.

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Easy Steps for Making Lamb Meatballs

  1. mix the lamb in a deep glass bowl with all the ingredients
  2. shape into ballsfry,air fry or bake them
  3. serve with cucumber sauce, tomato sauce or plain


  • Serve as an appetizer making smaller balls with tzatziki sauce
  • These are a great finger food for a party
  • Air Fry them instead of fried at 350 degrees and oil spray the lamb balls(fry for around 12 to 14 minutes)
  • Baked in the oven instead of frying at 400 degrees on a parchment lined cookies sheet
  • Make patties for lamb burgers
  • These are great as a lamb burger topped marinara sauce like a pizza lamb burger

Shopping List for Lamb Meatballs

  1. ground lamb
  2. egg
  3. parsley,oregano, mint,rosemary
  4. salt and pepper
  5. minced garlic
  6. granulated garlic powder
  7. breadcrumbs
  8. tomato paste
  9. olive oil for frying

Serving Sides Dish Ideas with Lamb Meatballs

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce (cucumber sauce) with Fluffy Cooked White Rice

On a bed or Long Grain and Wild Rice

Serve simmered in fresh Marinara Sauce over cooked pasta of choice

Add mini lamb meatballs to a Charcuterie Board as an appetizer

Lamb Meatball Pin for Later

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Italian Lamb Meatballs

Italian Lamb Meatballs

These are meatballs made with ground lamb and Italian spices. A perfect little appetizer or we have suggestions for sides to make them a whole meal.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano,
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves of finely minced garlic,
  • salt,
  • a pinch of fresh chopped rosemary
  • a pinch of allspice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 pound of ground lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cayenne pepper, black pepper, granulated garlic powder
  • vegetable or olive oil to fry in


  1. Place the ground lamb in a deep large glass bowl.
  2. Mix raw ground lamb meat with spices, egg, and bread crumbs.
  3. add tomato paste and mix together well.
  4. Shape into round balls with a wet hand (run your hands under water) .
  5. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet or deep fry pan around 1 inch deep.
  6. Place the rolled lamb balls in the heated pan and fry until nicely browned.
  7. Serve with mint jelly or even cucumber sauce.
  8. Note: You can also put these in traditional pasta sauce in place of classic fried Italian meatballs

Lamb Meatball Pin for Later

More Recipes To Try

Leg of Lamb

Slow Cooker Osso Bucco

Stove Top Lamb Stew

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  1. I have never had lamb meatball ;-) My husband loves all kinds of ground meat dishes..I should get some ground lamb to try.

  2. now that is just funny, I mean and do not take it the wrong way Claudia, but that just sounds so like me.... making meatballs to snack on in between meals and then popping one in my mouth right out of the frying pan because I know how good they will be- ouch!
    Hope your Easter holiday was a blessed one and you had a day or two off to enjoy...

  3. Thank you for being a lamb lover. As you know, not everyone is. These make me very hungry. A question: when I get to the comments on your blog there is text overlapping that makes part of it hard to read. I've not experienced that with other blogs. Any ideas?

  4. I'm so bad about snarfing things before they've had a proper chance to cool down. Sigh. My mouth is a cave of calluses. Love these meatballs and I'm so envious that you can use your own herbs!

  5. I've never made lamb meatballs, but I've always loved the idea!! I think the mint is a great addition, always classic with lamb :)

  6. I had an uncle who used lamb, veal, an beef in his meatballs so I can imagine how awesome these taste! I'm trying mint this year. I heard spearmint was easiest to grow... Fingers crossed.

  7. these look so tasty! I've had lamb meatballs in a few different dishes - usually mediterranean or middle-eastern, so this is different.

  8. Oh my goodness, these look incredible! That's my kind of meatball, and I know my husband would love them too! Thanks for sharing! I'm so happy to have found your blog and am looking forward to exploring your recipes. :) - Georgia

  9. I have a weakness when it comes to meatballs...and I'd love to try your lamb version! YUM!

  10. These look so yummy! I love meatballs and I love lamb so a lamb meatball has to be the best!

  11. Those look like some fabulous meatballs. I love lamb in meatballs and those look great :)

  12. You spice these perfectly! My mother also loves lamb - remember when ti was affordable? These meatballs should grace all tables.3

  13. These look gorgeous. I'm not a huge fan of lamb myself but would be willing try one of these!

  14. Your meatballs look delectable Claudia! I do the same thing all the time and wonder how they do it on cooking shows without burning themselves.

  15. Hmm.. I could smell it.. We love this in our house.. such a treat it is..

  16. That's funny, I live right next door in New Hartford but never heard of Joe's. I'll have to look it up. :) Being Armenian, I love lamb, but the guys in the family apparently soaked up all the meat and potatoes Irish genes cuz they won't go for it. Don't get to make it often. I was surprised to eat at John Besh's Restaurant August in New Orleans one time and ordered some sort of Mediterranean platter. It had lamb meatballs, but didn't mention that anywhere. So many people are adverse to eating lamb, veal, etc. I was surprised they weren't listed as lamb. Yours look delish!! :)

  17. I love meatballs, never made them with lamb before but yours look so good! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Oh your mom would love these beauties...Wow, such flavor! And I love that you grow your own herbs, they are so delightful fresh :)


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