Made with ground lamb and pork (or substitute beef), these keto-friendly Greek meatballs come together in 45 minutes using the instant Pot! Serve with creamy homemade dairy-free tzatziki for an easy meatball dinner.
Hands down amazing! Couldn’t find ground lamb so I used pork and grass fed beef. Hello flavorful delicious carb free dinner that doesn’t heat up my Phoenix kitchen in 118 degree weather! Definitely a summer staple in my home!!!-Courtney K.
Why you’ll love this delicious instant pot meatball recipe
Fresh flavors – Onion, garlic, parsley and mint leaves – oh my!
A cool and creamy sauce – The homemade, creamy cucumber-dill tzatziki sauce is the perfect compliment to the juicy meatballs.
Easy in the instant pot – Just mix up the meatballs and stack them in the instant pot. It will give you perfectly cooked meatballs every time!
Low carb – If you’re on a keto or low carb diet, these are the perfect keto meatballs! They are a low carb even including the sauce.
Need more meatball ideas? Check out this healthy meatball dinner idea or these easy keto-friendly turkey meatballs.
Making Greek meatballs in the instant pot
Just a little prep goes a long way and the instant pot will do most of the work. Here’s how:
- Pulse the fresh ingredients in a food processor to get them finely chopped.
- Mix the chopped ingredients with pork and lamb and a few seasonings.
- Form the mixture into meatballs and stack them in the instant pot.
- Cook at hight pressure for 10 minutes, with a 15 minute natural release.
- While the meatballs cook, prep the creamy tzatziki sauce and get ready to dig in!
Related: Be sure to browse through more of our keto diet recipes.
Meatball dinner ideas
Since meatballs all by themselves aren’t the most well rounded option, here are some serving ideas:
- Over some white rice, cauliflower rice or quinoa
- Tossed with some pasta or zucchini noodles
- With a side green salad (the sauce can be used for salad dressing too!)
- Served with any roasted veggies
- Wrapped in some flatbread
Tips for making the dairy-free tzatziki sauce
- Use a full fat coconut yogurt – Coconut yogurt is the closest to dairy based greek yogurt. Other non-dairy yogurts can work as well (almond or cashew).
- Squeeze the juice out of the cucumber – This will help keep the sauce nice and thick. If you are in a pinch and don’t mind a runnier sauce, you can skip this step.
- Keep it fresh – Use the freshest cucumber and dill you can find, these ingredients make a huge difference in how this cool and creamy sauce tastes!
Your turn to try these Greek meatballs
Grab some ground lamb and a dairy-free Greek yogurt and treat your taste buds to a delight with these Greek meatballs with creamy dairy-free Tzatziki sauce. See for yourself just how flavorful all those fresh herbs and textures can be!
If you try them out, let us know what you think by leaving a star rating and comment below. Also, take a picture and tag it on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can check it out! We love to see what you’re making!
Instant Pot Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki (Keto)
For the meatballs:
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 6-8 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lb ground lamb , (can sub beef)
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
For the sauce:
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 cup coconut yogurt, (or sub 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup mayo)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh dill
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Place the onion, mushrooms, garlic, parsley and mint leaves in a food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. Don't overprocess as it will turn too mush. Alternatively, you can finely dice these ingredients. Note: You'll use your food processor again to make the Tzatziki sauce.
- Place ground beef and pork in a large bowl. Add in the chopped veggies, almond flour, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix everything with your hands until ingredients are incorporated.
- Place the trivet in the bottom of your instant pot and add in 1 cup of water. Form the mixture into medium sized meatballs and stack them on the trivet in the instant pot. This recipe will make about 20 medium meatballs.
- Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “Manual” button or “Pressure Cook” and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.
- While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce. Peel and cube the cucumber and squeeze the chunks in a paper towel to get rid of any excess liquid (this will help to prevent the sauce from too getting watery).
- Rinse out your food processor and dry. Place the cucumber and all other sauce ingredients into the food processor. Process into a smooth consistency. Place in a jar or container and refrigerate until served.
- When safe to do so, remove the lid and serve meatballs. Drizzle the tzatziki sauce over meatballs for serving.
This is my new favorite recipe. I LOVED it. I couldn’t find lamb and don’t digest pork well so I just went for double beef. Still DELICIOUS!!
Happy to hear that Erin! Thanks for coming back to leave a rating and review, we appreciate it 🙂
(That said, transferred to oven @350 F & the flavor is perfection.)
Glad you enjoyed the flavor, sorry you had a rough time with the IP
Thank you for your suggestion to lift on trivet with a little water in bottom. I’m concerned about that working b/c the meatballs are too many to stay on the trivet, but I’ll see what I can do next time.
I would suggest trying to stack the meatballs like a little pyramid on the trivet 🙂
Having a hard time with this recipe—no oil in IP means burned meat in the bottom meatballs; adding oil leads to overheating warning; meatballs stick to one another making more if a meatloaf than meatballs…
Guess I’m going to look elsewhere for one that makes more sense for my IP. Unless you think I’ve erred?
You could try using the trivet, adding a cup of water to the bottom and layering the meatballs on the trivet.
These are definitely a staple in my recipe collection!
I don’t eat beef and pork. Would turkey and lamb work together?
Yes, I think that would work just fine.
Hands down amazing! Couldn’t find ground lamb so I used pork and grass fed beef. Hello flavorful delicious carb free dinner that doesn’t heat up my Phoenix kitchen in 118• weather! Definitely a summer staple in my home!!!
Amazing!! I bet the combo of ground pork and beef was equally delicious! So glad it was a hit! Thanks so much for giving our recipes a try and taking the time to come back and share! We appreciate it! 🙂
Maybe you’ve mentioned it before but what brand of insta pot do you recommend?
We have this one: Instant Pot! 🙂
How would you do this without an instapot?
Misty – We haven’t made these any other way but you have a couple of options. You could bake the meatballs at 375° for 40-50 minutes or you could cook them in a slow-cooker on high for 2-3 hours. Let us know how it goes if you try the recipe!
I did make them last night before your reply… I cooked them in a 375 oven for about 25 minutes. I did, however, probably make them smaller than y’all did because mine made about double the meatballs yours did (about 40). They were fabulous and juicy! My daughter, who is very picky, told me to ditch my other whole30 meatballs I make in a marinara sauce and use this recipe instead. Thank you so much!
So glad to hear that! I’m glad everything turned out well :). Thanks for coming back and letting us know!
Thank you. I don’t use pressure cookers either. Directions for alternate cooking methods are greatly appreciated.
You’re welcome, enjoy!
Really really good! We drizzled the Instant Pot with olive oil and added some distilled and red wine vinegars (slightly more than 1/4 cup total). Added a little zing to the flavor and is often used in the mix. Thanks for the recipe! That sauce would be good on a flip flop!
Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂
This will work without any liquid added to the InstaPot? I would think that some oil on the bottom and maybe some water? Thanks!
It works without any added liquid! There’s enough fat and water in the meatballs that they release as they cook. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
what can we substitute almond flour with? quinoa or coconut or plain flour?
We’ve only done it ourselves with almond flour, but you could try coconut or regular flour. Just start small, like add 1 tbsp at a time and mix it in. Add more until the mixture will hold together in the shape of meatballs. Hope that helps. Let us know how it goes!