Lamb & Mushroom Meatball Pitas

Lamb & Mushroom Meatball Pitas - Savory lamb and mushroom meatballs nestled in warm pitas for a Mediterranean-inspired delight.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Make Everyday Gourmet
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6


Homemade tzatziki

  • 250 ml Greek style / double cream plain yoghurt
  • 1 Mediterranean cucumber seeded and grated
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill fronds, roughly chopped

For the meatballs

  • 500 g white button mushrooms
  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 1 large free range eggs
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp sea salt

To serve

  • Greek salad
  • 6 wholewheat pitas
  • 2 tbsp za’atar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar of choice


For the tzatziki

  • Squeeze out all the liquid from the grated cucumber and place in a bowl.
    Add the rest of the ingredients and mixwell.
  • Season lightly with salt and pepper.
    Mix and taste to adjust seasoning.
    Keep in the fridge until serving.

For the meatballs

  • Blitz the mushrooms in a food processor or finely chop.
    Heat a large dry frying pan over medium heat and cook the mushrooms until they release all their liquid and are dry and turning golden on the edges.
  • Season lightly with salt and pepper.
    Allow to cool slightly.
  • In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil and cook the onion and garlic until tender and fragrant.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the meatball ingredients including the cooked mushrooms, onion and garlic.
    Mix well.
  • Form into little balls, around 40g each is a nice size.

To air fry

  • Preheat air fryer to 200˚C.Air fry the meatballs for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and just cooked through.  

To oven bake:

  • Preheat oven to 200˚C with the fan on.
    Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and just cooked through.

To serve

  • Swish the tzatziki onto a serving platter.
    Top with the meatballs on one side and a pile of Greek salad on the other.
    Drizzle the salad with olive oil, vinegar and seasoning.
    Sprinkle everything with a little za’atar.
  • Serve the platter family style on the table with warm pitas for everyone to build their own.
Keyword mediterranean, pita