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Keftedes: Greek meatballs recipe!

Updated on May 28, 2013
Keftedes - Greek Meatballs!
Keftedes - Greek Meatballs! | Source

Keftedes: Greek meatballs

Keftedes are very popular in both Greece and Cyprus. They can be served as an appetizer, main or side dish. Thus, keftedes are usually accompanied by salad and either rice, bulgur, or potatoes (including fried, oven baked or mashed).

There are several different ways of making keftedes; many recipes for instance include parsley, coriander, bulgur wheat or cous cous.

My own recipe is rather different however. The following hub will be presenting two different ways in which I like to make my keftedes. One will be my usual recipe and the other is my chili keftedes recipe. Both recipes are delicious and very easy to make.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves up to 3 to 4 people

Ingredients for Keftedes

  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 medium sized onion (grated)
  • 2 small potatoes (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon mint
  • ¼ teaspoon cinamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 table spoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 table spoon lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil

Keftedes prior cooking
Keftedes prior cooking | Source
Keftedes being deep fried
Keftedes being deep fried | Source
Once cooked the keftedes are placed to drain for 5 minutes
Once cooked the keftedes are placed to drain for 5 minutes | Source


  1. In a bowl add the mince, then the seasonings, grated onion and potatoes.
  2. Following, add the egg and the breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together using your hands.
  4. Therefore with the palm of your hands start rolling small balls from your mince mixture. Each ball should be about an inch and a half in diameter.
  5. Preheat the vegetable oil (gas mark 5).
  6. Deep fry the mince balls for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (the ideal color of the cooked keftedes would be brown).
  7. When ready drain the oil.
  8. Allow the keftedes to rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.
Keftedes: Cooked and Served!
Keftedes: Cooked and Served! | Source
Chili Keftedes
Chili Keftedes | Source

Ingredients for Chili Keftedes

  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 medium sized onion (grated)
  • 2 small potatoes (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed chilies
  • 1 egg
  • 2 table spoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 table spoon red vinegar
  • Vegetable oil

* Note *

  • The cooking instructions for making chili keftedes are the same as the instructions for making normal keftedes.

Author's Note:

These are my own personal recipes of keftedes. Therefore, they have not been copied from a cook book or any other source.

Any unauthorized reprint is prohibited unless you have my permission to do so.

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    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Hi Rajan,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am very happy that you like these recipes. My favorite are the chili keftedes, there so delicious! If you enjoy adding chili to your dishes, I would recommend trying the chili keftedes recipe.

      Take care,


    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These meat balls look so delicious. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much IslandBites. Pork mince is traditionally used, however you can use other types of meat to make keftedes as well. Whenever I can't find pork I usually make mine with beef mince. I have never tried combining the two, though it does actually sound really good.

      I hope you get a chance to try this soon!

      Have a wonderful day,


    • IslandBites profile image


      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Very interesting recipe. Will try it soon. It is always made with pork? A beef and pork combination must be great too.


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