• 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or canola oil
  • Flour (for breading)
  • Mint (for garnish)
  • Lemon (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix together all ingredients except the last four. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour, to a maximum of 24 hours
  3. Shape the meat mixture into medium-size balls (size of a golf ball). Bread with flour
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the breaded meatballs in the oil until a nice golden crust is formed. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain
  5. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature is 160 degrees F
  6. Serve meatballs on a plate and garnish with fresh mint leaves and a squeeze of lemon