Dinner in under 40 minutes? That’s what you get when you make this AirCrisp Greek Meatballs w/ Cucumber Salad recipe. How could you argue with that?! Your run of the mill meatballs that are meant to be paired with meat sauce are usually lacking in flavor. These Greek Meatballs, on the other hand, are quite the opposite. Since they’re the main event and there’s no strong sauce to hide behind, they need to compensate with TONS of flavor. These meatballs are filled with warm spices that contrast with the sharp, acidic cucumber salad and refreshing tatziki. Serve this three-part dish with some toasted pita bread and you’ll be in heaven!
The grocery list.
- ButcherBox ground beef (or turkey or chicken!) – You could use ground turkey or chicken, but why would you do that when you can get delicious high-quality ButcherBox ground beef for life??
- Onion, grated – This recipe uses grated onion, which is great for evenly distributing the onion through the meatballs without the onions overpowering every other flavor.
- Minced garlic – This may seem like an excessive amount of garlic, but remember it’ll be distributed among a whole bunch of meatballs.
- Ground pepper – A little salt and pepper, as always!
- Kosher salt
- Cumin – Warm spices like cumin and cinnamon carry the flavor of these Greek Meatballs.
- Oregano – I think it’s so interesting how some herbs are more flavorful when dried. Oregano is one of those herbs.
- Cinnamon – This may sound odd, but the warm spices in these meatballs are what make them soooo delicious! Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
- Parsley, minced – Parsley, unlike oregano, is more flavorful when used as a fresh ingredient.
- Eggs – A binding agent for your meatballs so they don’t fall apart in the AirFryer.
- Quick cook oats (or panko!) – Oats or breadcrumbs add some structure and texture to the meatballs. If you use oats, make sure they’re quick cooking (this just means they’re cut into smaller pieces and are processed further than regular old fashioned oats).
- English cucumber, cut into halve moons – Cucumbers are so refreshing, they pair so well with these flavor-packed meatballs.
- Kosher salt
- Red onion, thinly sliced – Red onions have a strong and sharp flavor, so make sure you slice them thinly so they don’t overpower the rest of your cucumber salad.
- White wine vinegar – The vinegar makes this salad acidic and powerful. It contrasts with the creamy tatziki and the spiced meatballs, yet somehow still tastes amazing all together.
- Sugar – A slight added sweetness!
- Fresh dill – Fresh herbs for the win!
- Cucumber, minced – More cucumbers?? Yes. Don’t question it, just do it.
- Kosher salt – This will need a bit of salt.
- Plain greek yogurt – Make sure you use PLAIN greek yogurt, I’ve made the mistake of buying vanilla instead! Greek yogurt is thick, perfect to make a sauce to pair with your Greek Meatballs.
- Lemon juice – A little lemon juice to make this tatziki as refreshing as possible!
- Fresh dill, minced – Dill is what you’ll taste when you eat this tatziki, as greek yogurt and cucumbers are both relatively lacking in flavor. This sauce is refreshing and simple.
Multiple methods for cooking Greek Meatballs.
AirCrisping in the ninja foodi is by far my favorite method. The crisp on the meatball, all the way around, is just amazing. For those of you who have yet to take the ninja foodi plunge, you can absolutely make this dish in the oven. The preparation is just about the same, you mix the meat, scoop and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake the meatballs on the tray for 25-30 minutes until full cooked and browned. Serve this dish with all the sides and sauces and enjoy it with some good company!
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Looking for more AirCrisp recipes?
Here are a few to try:
Lastly, if you make this AirCrisp Greek Meatballs w/ Cucumber Salad recipe, be sure to leave a comment! Above all, I love to hear from ya’ll and do my best to respond to every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of your dayyyummm good recreations is my favorite!
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- 2 lbs ButcherBox ground beef (or turkey or chicken!)
- 1 onion, grated
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup parsley, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup quick cook oats (or panko!)
- 1 large English cucumber, cut into halve moons
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- 1 cup cucumber, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
- Garlic and Herb Naan Bread
- Cooked rice or pilaf
- Salad greens
- Preheat the Ninja Foodie to 375°F on AirCrisp.
- In a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix on low for 2-3 mins until combined.
- Using a cookie scoop, portion each meatball out and roll in between your palms. Place the meatballs on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Working in batches cook the meatballs in the AirCrisp basket in a single layer for 8-11 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F*
- While the meatballs are crisping in the AirCrisp basket, prepare the remaining ingredients.
- To prep the cucumber salad, toss the sliced cucumbers in a large bowl with the kosher salt. Let stand for 2 minutes then mix the remaining ingredients; red onion, white win vinegar, sugar and dill. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To prep the tatziki sauce, combine the minced cucumber with salt in a medium bowl. Let stand for 2 minutes then mix the remaining ingredients; greek yogurt, lemon juice and fresh dill. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- When the meatballs have finished cooking assemble your plate. Serve the meatballs with fresh garlic and herb naan bread or plate over a bed of salad greens. Serve with a side of cucumber salad and serve with a heap of tatziki sauce.
*135°F for beef. 165*F for turkey or chicken.