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lamb meatballs on divided plate

Mini Moroccan Lamb Meatballs

Amy Palanjian
Serve these mini meatballs with grains and veggies or pasta.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Calories 291 kcal


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or Monterey Jack)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or diced dried apricots)


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • Place the onion, carrot, and fresh parsley (if using) into the bowl of a food processor. Grind finely for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the lamb, cumin, egg, cheese, apricots or raisins, salt, and cornmeal or breadcrumbs and combine well for 30-60 seconds stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Form into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until just starting to brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with Cucumber Sauce or in your favorite marinara sauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cumin.


  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
  • Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Grind the veggies finely to ensure a smooth overall final texture.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to portion out batter.
  • You can fry these in hot oil in a cast iron skillet if you prefer your meatballs to be a little crunchy.
  • Serve with Cucumber Sauce over rice and veggies, or in Tomato Sauce with pasta with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cumin.


Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 329mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1094IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2mg
Keyword healthy meatballs, lamb meatballs
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