Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Basil Mint Pesto

Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Basil Mint Pesto

These little flavor bombs are pure protein and absolutely delicious. No fillers or binders such as nut flour, bread crumbs or eggs are added to this recipe. Not that those additions wouldn’t be delicious, just that this recipe was created for clients who are on a more streamlined eating protocol at the moment. Serve them warm as an appetizer or as a main dish with cauliflower “rice”, or over basmati rice would be great too, paired with a simple vegetable such as fresh steamed string beans or quickly grilled asparagus. They are great as leftovers too!

Notice the specific type of pepper (tellichery) I call for in this recipe. If you are a spice lover, you will appreciate the complex, fruity aromatics of this Indian peppercorn variety, milder than the malabar variety of peppercorn which I also love.


Preheat oven to 350F. Sauté the onions in olive oil or avocado oil over medium-low heat until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Place the ground meat in a large mixing bowl, add the sauteed onions and the remaining spices and seasonings. Use your clean hands to mix together very well.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the meat mixture into 1.5 inch balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes and test one to make sure it has cooked throughout. 15 minutes should definitely do it, but each oven ins a little different. The meatballs will release juices. Carefully remove baking sheet from the oven and let meatballs rest 5 minutes before serving with plenty of pesto.


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice – add more to your liking
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor and adjust tastes to your liking.


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