Greek Meatball Recipe (Keftedes/Keftedaki)

Everyone loves meatballs, whether they are Italian/American, Middle Eastern, Spanish, German, Swedish, meatballs in sauces, baked, fried are just delicious to eat.   Greek meatballs aka Keftedes/Keftedaki is on the top of  the Greek appetizer list, and it is certainly one of the best comfort food dishes.

I have lost count on how many different versions exist for this Greek recipe of Keftedes, I don’t think and I certainly don’t remember if I have ever eaten the same Keftedaki recipe twice, well except at home when my mom used to make them.  One day coming back from school many many moons ago, I remembered that I could smell my mom’s cooking half way up the block.  I always had a habit of never walking in through the main door of the house, but always from the backyard door, onto the porch and straight into the kitchen.  Ohhhh!!! that smell of mom’s cooking was just so  yummy. 🙂

I prefer baking vs frying because it is healthier, but this time around I thought why not fry and enjoy Keftedakia the traditional Greek way..:)  


500 grams of Beef

2 small Onions diced

2 cloves of Garlic

2 sliced of White Toast Bread

1 medium size Egg

1/2 fresh Mint or dried

1 tablespoon Vinegar

1 tablespoon Oregano

1/4 cup of Parsley chopped

1/2 cup Milk

Salt and Pepper

1 cup of All purpose flour

3/4 cups of Oil (for frying



In a multiblender toss in garlic and onions.


Once chopped add in the salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, vinegar, egg basically all the ingredients except the flour and the frying oil and mix with hands.  


In a small bowl soak bread toast in milk and add into the meat mixture.


Take a small part of meat and roll it into small balls (like you did when you were a child playing with play dough) :), and then place into flour and roll until all covered.  In the meantime add the oil into a frying pan, start to add one meatball at a time. this mix should make about 20 meatballs.


This mix should make about 20 meatballs…fry until golden brown on both sides.



Kali Orexi!!!  🙂




8 Comments Add yours

  1. chefkreso says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I plan on going to Greece next year so this would be a great recipe to try out before going there 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. foodzesty says:

      Your welcome 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Yummm! These meatballs look delicious and beside the use of mint and the lack of ricotta cheese the recipe is pretty much the same as the Italian meatball. I know baking is healthier, but fried meatballs are so much better!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you they were gooddddd 🙂


  3. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

  4. MoJo says:

    So you can either bake or fry these?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. foodzesty says:

      Yes, either way….if you decide to make them let me know and you need help…I am always here…:)


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