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Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki…a simple summer dinner with such wonderful flavor. Pan-seared meatballs with fresh oregano and chili flakes, tossed with summery grilled veggies, and a tasty lemon herb vinaigrette. Serve these spicy meatballs with creamy tzatziki sauce for a cooling touch. Truly one of those dinners that everyone at the table will love…especially if served with a side of fries.

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I’m not sure if you can tell or not, but I’m really trying to embrace summer dinners. I want them fresh, colorful, fun, and well – different.

The fresh and colorful part is usually pretty easy. Thankfully I have access to so much incredible produce right now from both our garden and local stores.

But the coming up with different recipes part? Well, that’s a little trickier. I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I feel like summer recipes can be a repeat of tomatoes and corn, grilled chicken, lots of pesto, and plenty of caprese salads. Nothing wrong with that, but variety is nice too!

I scratched my brain a bit for this recipe and ended up being so excited with how it turned out. I feel like it’s different, but still simple, and of course, super flavorful.

The idea stemmed from my brother’s love of Greek food and meatballs. So I simply combined the two loves and added some summer herbs and vegetables.

Plus, fries on the side. Because something about a summer dinner requires a big plate of fries on the side.

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki | halfbakedharvest.com

The details – start with the meatballs

The meatballs…I seasoned the ground meat (I like to use a mix of ground chicken and ground pork) with shallots, smoked paprika, and plenty of fresh oregano. I then rolled everything into balls…and done. The chili flakes give them a really nice spiciness, but use them to your taste.

Once the meatballs are formed, I let them sit while I prep the vegetables.

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki | halfbakedharvest.com

Now the veggies and vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is sweet, tangy, and herby, with basil, oregano, thyme and lemon. It’s also got a slight kick from some chili flakes. And the honey keeps things sweet…a nice balance to the spicy.

If you love a lot of vinaigrette, double the recipe. This is that good, and adds a lot of flavor to the dish.

For the vegetables, I use a mix of red peppers, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. I like to toss them with olive oil, then grill them until lightly charred. If you don’t have a grill, you can easily roast these up in the oven, or saute them in a skillet.

When the veggies are finished cooking, toss them with the vinaigrette and let them sit while you cook the meatballs.

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki | halfbakedharvest.com

Cook the meatballs and finish it up

The rest is pretty simple. You’ll pan cook the meatballs until crisp on the outside and cooked through inside. This really only takes a few minutes, the process is quick.

To serve, I toss the meatballs with the grilled vegetables, then pile everything over some fresh naan. Then drizzle on some creamy tzatziki sauce plus the remaining vinaigrette.

All that’s left is to add a sprinkle of feta cheese and you’re done.

My only recommendation? Fries on the side!!

Delicious!

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other simple summer dinners, try these:

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Cherry Tomatoes

Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo

30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Lastly, if you make these Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 487 kcal

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Ingredients

Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • 1. Add the meat, shallot, oregano, paprika, chili flakes, and a pinch of salt, and pepper to a bowl. Mix until combined. Coat your hands with a bit of oil and roll the meat into rounded tablespoon-size balls (will make 16-18 meatballs). Set aside.
    2. In a bowl, toss the zucchini and peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Preheat the grill or grill pan to high. 
    3. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and whisk until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
    5. Grill the peppers and zucchini until softened, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill to a serving plate and toss with half the vinaigrette.
    6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the meatballs and sear until crisp and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes, turning them 2-3 times. Transfer to a plate.
    7. Serve the meatballs warm, tossed with the vegetables. Add a large dollop of tzatziki to each plate, then crumble the feta over top. Enjoy with naan and/or french fries.

Notes

Link to naan recipe.

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki | halfbakedharvest.com

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  1. 5 stars
    I rarely review anything but this…THIS! Half Baked is our go to cooking website. We have never ever made anything that wasn’t delicious, but this was next level. Definitely worth making. The feta, tzaziki, bit of spice in the meatballs and the vinaigrette. Goodness. Be sure and make extra of that herbal vinaigrette. I kept drizzling more onto my plate. So good for dipping naan into.

    1. Hey there! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Have a lovely week! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing! Every component of this is so delicious. One of these days I’ll make the homemade naan to go with it. Thank you for my new favorite meat recipe.

    1. Hey Dominic,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Meatballs so tasty, combined pork and chicken. My favorite part is the dressing. Sooo good. Thank you! Loved this and so easy to make.

    1. Hey Lydia,
      You can use that to your liking, you may want to add more once you serve the dish. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I’m sitting at my dining room table so full and happy after devouring the meatballs, veggies, and naan. The meatballs are so full of flavor and even though I use all breast meat chicken, they were tender and delicious. Hubby grilled the veggies for me while I cooked the naan (your recipe) The vinaigrette is outstanding and just brought it all together, veggies and meatballs. I’m glad I took the time to make the naan as it was the perfect vehicle to sop up the vinaigrette. YUM! Thanks for an all-star recipe. Love you, Tieghan!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this four dinner and it was absolutely delicious! The meatballs tasted awesome paired with the grilled veggies and tzatziki. It was super filling and one of my favorite recipes!

    1. Hey Brooke,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Hey Tieghan,

    This was a good recipe everything turned out well. I think I made a mistake as the meatballs weren’t as flavorful as I hoped. Is that the reason you suggest Ground Chicken with pork for more flavor?? Would ground beef have worked as well as pork to go with the chicken?? Maybe I just didn’t season enough not entirely sure. As weird as it may sound I loved the grilled vegetables more then the meatballs. I didn’t have a grill so I used a cast iron skillet no problem it worked well!! I seasoned them generously and they were soft and just delicious. The Avocado Tzatziki was a nice touch as well provided more flavor. What really attracted me to the dish were the pictures and the recipe just sounded intriguing. Either way you look at it another successful recipe thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Mike,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! I do think using a combo of meat adds more flavor, beef would also be great. ☀️xTieghan

  7. So so good!!! Made it with Turkey meatballs- I’m obsessed. Used store bought tzatsiki but hope to make my own when I have more time. Definitely a new favorite and weekly staple 😊

    1. Hey Gianna,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  8. This was an amazing dinner. My kids loved it! I added about 2.5 cloves of garlic to the meatballs and served the dinner with a colorful salad. I ended up using the vinaigrette dressing with feta, tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, spring mix, and cucumbers. Crazy tasty. Thanks for the inspiration and fresh ingredients ❤️

    1. Hey Robin,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Loved the meatballs from this recipe!!! We actually made these meatballs with the whipped feta from several other recipes and it was FANTASTIC!!!! Totally recommend these (and the fries!!).

    1. Hey Brooke,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jordan,
      I like to serve that on the side so you can use as needed:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    This was so good! I got home late from work and didn’t feel like a lot of cooking so I grilled the veggies while the meatballs baked in the oven. This will be on frequent rotation, thanks girl!

    1. Hey Brianne,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  11. This sounds so good! Do you have a recommended veggie to replace the zucchini/squash for picky eaters? Thanks!

    1. Hey Liz,
      You could really use any veggies that you like here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    I sent this one to my sister and she made it for our family brunch, it was delicious and everyone loved it! Can’t get enough of those grilled veggies with that dressing. Thanks

    1. Hey Lynn,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  13. Made this last night and it was delicious!!!! So happy that we have leftovers tonight. Will be repeating this soon for friends.

    1. Hey Linda,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    This was SO good! I did add a little panko and plain yogurt to the meatball mix because I used ground pork and chicken breast and was paranoid they would turn out too dry. I also added an extra splash of the vinegar to the dressing and a little salt.
    I have never been impressed with Tatziki but this one blew my tastebuds away and my daughter loved it as well. I love the addition of the avocado and plan to make all of this again. Thanks for another winner!

  15. The recipe was delicious but it could be made so much more simply. The meatballs and vegetables could be roasted or grilled together, then make the dressing and naan while they are cooking. I followed the recipe as written and ended up with so many bowls and dishes to wash. I had some leftover pickled onions from another recipe, and they complemented the herby meatballs and vinaigrette perfectly.

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Happy Sunday! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xxTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious! A must try! You have converted our house to a half baked harvest meal many times per week!

    1. Hey Rosanne,
      Happy Sunday! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xxTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    Wow this recipe is SO SUMMER GOOD! Added small tomatoes (grilled) like the photo. Used half chicken and half pork and naan bread. The vinaigrette is the best I’ve ever had. Fresh herbs (Basil, Oregano and Thyme) make a world of difference. The meatballs cook quickly. The dish with naan bread or fries is perfect on its own without additional sides. What a Flavor Bomb! Can’t go wrong on the BBQ.

  18. 5 stars
    One of the best yet! I was nervous to try because I rarely do any ground chicken / pork, and we did use ground turkey…. but it was absolutely fantastic!!!! We served alongside a Greek salad as well and I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow 😋

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try. Happy Weekend! xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      Lemon herb vinaigrette and summer garden veggies *chef kiss* I put all the veggies (including added okra and cherry tomatoes ) on grill. It was so good!

      1. Hey Stephanie,
        Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  19. What do I do with remainder oil? I see it only mentions to use half on the vinaigrette on the vegetables.

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      You are using all of the olive oil, just half of the vinaigrette that you make in step 5. I hope this makes sense! xTieghan

      1. I don’t understand why you use half of the vinaigrette? What do you do with the other half? Why not half the recipe for the vinaigrette if you only use half?

        1. Hey Angela,
          Depending on your preference, you may want to use extra vinaigrette in your dish. I always like to have extra rather than not enough. If this is not something you are interested in, then just cut the recipe in half:) xTieghan

        2. Hi Angela, just toss the grilled vegetables in half the vinaigrette like you did and serve the rest as an accompaniment on the side. The vinaigrette is so delicious people will want more.

    1. Hey Grace,
      Awesome! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  20. Made this for the family tonight. It was delicious. Almost everything right from the garden. Next time I will double the veggies it was so good.

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  21. Made this last night with fresh ground lamb. Served it with some hummus and baba ghanoush. Delish! I will definitely make this again!

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cathy,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Made this today but used ground beef as it was what I had in the freezer. Grilled veggies and meat balls on my bbq using a silicone sheet. It turned out amazing. My husband loved it. Easy and very tasty

    1. Hey Sue,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  23. Hi! Can I substitute dried oregano for fresh? If so, how much should I put into the meatball mix? Thank you!

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, you will want to use 2 teaspoons of dried oregano. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  24. Question… you don’t add any bread or bread crumbs , egg, milk to the meat. Do these meatballs turn out tough or tender? Thanks

    1. Hey Geri,
      I find that the meatballs turn out just fine, but feel free to add what you like to them:) I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Diane,
      Sure, that will work just fine, you will want to use 1 teaspoon of dried oregano per 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan