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Greek meatballs with zesty lemon rice

Greek Meatballs with Zesty Lemon Rice

These gluten free Greek meatballs are an easy weeknight dinner that is full of flavor and comes together in about 30 minutes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4


For the meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated* or finely chopped *Note: I grated the garlic into the meat mixture here. This is quicker than chopping garlic and helps to more evenly distribute the garlic throughout the meat and avoid larger chunks of garlic. However, finely chopping the garlic is just fine.
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon mint
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use ½ teaspoon if you would like the meatballs to be less spicy)

For the rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • Zest of 2 lemons

For serving

  • Cherry tomatoes & cucumbers
  • Tzatziki sauce*


For the meatballs

  • Add all ingredients except for the avocado oil to a bowl
  • Using your hand, mix together until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Be sure not to over mix.
  • Heat the avocado oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs to the pan in one even layer. Allow meatballs to brown and continue turning until they have browned on all sides and cooked through. Cook time will depend on the size of your meatballs but will be around 15 minutes. To know if your meatballs are cooked, take one out of the pan and cut in half. Or, you can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperate. For ground chicken/turkey, the temperature should be 165° F.

For the rice

  • Cook the rice according to the box or bag
  • If using an instant pot (my preferred method), use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water. Example: if using 1 cup of rice, use 1 cup of water. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes and allow to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Once your rice is cooked, add the butter/olive oil and lemon zest and mix together.

To serve

  • Serve meatballs with rice, tzatziki sauce, and sliced cherry tomatoes and cucumber.
  • Enjoy!


For the tzatziki sauce: I have used pre made tzatziki sauce from both Whole Foods (Cava brand) and from Trader Joes (they have a vegan version that I have tried and liked. I have not tried their regular version). Tzatziki sauce is also very easy to make on your own. Click here for a recipe.
Keyword chicken meatballs, meatballs