Middle Eastern Meatballs with Dill Sauce

I, like many of you, am trying to make as few grocery runs as possible these days.  As we've got a small stock of "basics" on hand, it's now a matter of getting creative with cooking them because, well, it's getting pretty boring, right?

This week I created Middle Eastern Meatballs with Dill Sauce and Turmeric Ginger Spiced Cauliflower. I was inspired by what I had on hand combined with the desire of my family to eat something DIFFERENT.

What we don't often realize is that it's not just WHAT we cook that creates the flavor and excitement for a meal (or not!), but HOW we cook it. Simply by changing technique (for example roasting vs. steaming) you can completely transform something meh to something WOW.

While the ingredients are really basic; ground beef, yogurt, cauliflower & carrots (you can use red/yellow bell pepper of on program), it's the WAY I cooked them that makes all the difference.  (For the veggie recipe follow this link)

The meatballs are loaded with flavor and then pan seared instead of baked. This creates an incredibly flavorful, slightly crisp, browned crust on the beef. Paired with a little dollop of dill sauce, the combination is truly delicious.

One thing to note- it is very important to season the beef equally- this can be hard to do with a "lump" of ground meat.  For consistent, easy results, place the ground meat in a bowl and press it out into equal thickness like you see below. Then sprinkle the seasoning all over the beef and then mix with your hands for even seasoning.

This recipe can also be made with ground lamb, ground pork or ground turkey. The counts and the nutrition information below is for beef.

Happy Cooking!


Middle Eastern Meatballs with Dill Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes

Servings: ~4 Serving 



  1. Add seasoning to beef and mix well to combine.

  2. Divide mixture into 20 even portions and roll into balls.

  3. Place a nonstick pan over medium high heat and add the meatballs once pan has come to temperature. 

  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning meatballs every 2-3 minutes so they brown equally on all sides.

  5. While beef is cooking, make the sauce by combining the yogurt and Citrus Dill seasoning together. Stir well & keep in fridge until ready to eat.

  6. When meatballs are finished (internal temperature of 160 F) place on a plate and serve hot with sauce. 

    Serving Size 5 oz. ground beef with 1 T sauce and is 1 Lean, 0 Green, 0 Healthy Fat and 2 Condiment options. Nutrition information below is for one serving with ground beef and 1 T sauce.

Nutrition Facts


Optavia Counts Per Serving

1 -  Lean

0 - Leaner

0 - Leanest

0 - Green

2 - Condiments

0 - Healthy Fat

Weight Watchers Points
Per Serving

4 Weight Watchers Points

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Nutritional Data Information:

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guaran- tee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Very Well Fit. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.