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Greek Recipes for Ground Meat

Ground beef and lamb are the two most popular ground meats, however, dishes are also prepared with ground pork and goat. The most famous dishes using ground meat are moussaka and pastitsio.

Mediterranean Pizza
Topped with a savory meat sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomatoes and Feta cheese, this is a pizza that features classic Mediterranean flavors.

Greek Meatballs in Egg-Lemon Sauce: (Youverlakia me Avgolemono)
Greek Meatballs in Egg-Lemon Sauce - Recipe and Instructions for making Greek Meatballs in Egg-Lemon Sauce

Kebabs in Yogurt Sauce - Yiaourtlou
Savory beef kebabs bathed in a tangy yogurt sauce and topped with spiced tomato sauce. The subtle heat from the paprika and cayenne pepper is balanced by the yogurt to make a very tasty dish.

Makaronia me Kima - Pasta with Greek-style Meat Sauce
The classic meat sauce in Greece is called Kima (kee-MAH). There are many variations on this traditional recipe with each chef adding their own personal touch. This recipe for Makaronia me Kima is the one enjoyed most by our family.

Thea Kanella's Bifteka - Greek Burgers
These burgers are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ground beef mixed with a savory Greek cheese and grilled to perfection - delicious! Be sure to make extra patties for the freezer for a quick weeknight meal.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice and Ground Beef - Recipe for Yemista
The quintessential summer food, this recipe for stuffed tomatoes with rice and ground beef is ideal for summer entertaining. Make them the day ahead and simply reheat for serving.

Yiayia's Soutzoukakia - Spiced Meatballs in Sauce from Smyrni
Delicious little sausages of ground meat which are lightly fried then bathed in wine and tomato sauce. This recipe for Soutzoukakia hails from Smyrni or modern day Izmir.

Beef & Pork Combo Burgers on the Grill - Biftekia Skharas
A mixture of ground beef and pork makes for fabulous burgers on the grill. The meat can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use.

Burgers Stuffed with Feta & Herbs - Biftekia Yemista
Biftekia are the Greek equivalent of burgers, and these are basic beef burgers with a twist... a feta and herb stuffing.

Burgers with Roasted Potatoes - Biftekia me Patates sto Fourno
This is an easy recipe for burgers cooked in the oven with potatoes. A one-dish family meal that's sure to please.

Chef James Henderson's Recipe for Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
New York City restaurant Persephone's Executive Chef, James Henderson, shares his recipe for Greek meatballs in tomato sauce, featured at the restaurant.

Diana's Pasta Sauce with Meat
Adapted from her Aunt Thekla's sauce, Diana Stamatis Dalton shares her recipe for Greek pasta sauce with ground beef. Check out the cloves-in-onion technique!

Eggplant & Meat Pie - Meltizanopita
The combination of eggplant, ground beef, tomatoes, rice, and feta cheese make this pan pie a delicious main course. The crust crisps up beautifully.

Greek Meatball Soup with Rice - Yiouvarlakia me Avgolemono
This is a classic Greek soup made with meatballs, rice, and an egg-lemon sauce.

Grilled Hamburgers - Biftekia Skharas
Barbecue is a favorite way of cooking in Greece. This is a traditional Greek recipe for grilled hamburgers served with a squeeze of lemon.

Grilled Pork Burgers - Biftekia Hoirina
Bobby Bounakis is a firm believer in keeping recipes simple, using just enough herbs and seasonings to bring out the taste of the meat. His recipe uses ground pork and is a great barbecue dish. The burgers can also be broiled in the oven.

Ground Lamb with Orzo Pasta - Yiouvetsi me Kima Arnisio
"Yiouvetsi" dishes are most often made with chunks of meat - beef and lamb are the most popular, but this recipe with ground lamb is a delight and easier on the budget.

Lamb Burgers with Olives - Keftethes me Elies
The addition of Greek olives to simple lamb burgers gives them an unexpected and delicious tang. A quick and easy recipe.

Meatball Sausages in Tomato Sauce - Soutzoukakia
Sausage-shaped meatballs, made with a mixture of ground beef and pork, are lightly fried, then baked for 20 minutes in a tomato sauce.

Meatballs in Sauce with Peppers - Keftethakia me Piperies
Meatballs made with ground beef and eggplant are cooked in a savory tomato sauce with red and green peppers.

Meatloaf & Vegetables - Rolo me Lahanika
A meatloaf made with ground beef is cooked with potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini to create a delicious one-dish meal.

Minced Meat Dumplings with Yogurt Sauce - Koulakli Manti
A recipe brought by Greek refugees from Turkey, these dumplings are shaped like small purses, and are baked to perfection. They are served with a yogurt and garlic sauce.

Mini Meatloaves with Egg in Tomato Sauce - Avga Tyligmena me Kima
Whole boiled eggs are wrapped in ground meat, fried, then served in a fabulous tomato sauce. Delicious as a main dish or appetizer - and a great way to use leftover boiled eggs.

Moussaka with Eggplant
This is the Greek recipe for moussaka with eggplant, probably the most well-known of all versions, and a favorite of Greeks and non-Greeks alike. A casserole dish, moussaka is made with layers of ground meat and vegetables, and topped with a rich cream sauce.

Moussaka with Potatoes - Mousakas Patates
Layers of potato slices, cheese, ground meat sauce, and a creamy bechamel topping. An oven-to-table casserole that can be made in large quantities and frozen for later use.

Moussaka with Zucchini - Mousakas Kolokythakia
Layers of sliced zucchini, cheese, ground meat sauce, and a creamy bechamel topping. This zucchini version is a delightful change from the eggplant and potato versions.

Oven-Baked Pasta with Meat - Pastitsio
Pastitsio is a classic Greek dish, with several variations. This creamy, cheesy dish is one of the all-time favorite Greek comfort foods.

Stuffed Cabbage - Lahanodolmathes (Yiaprakia)
Cabbage leaves stuffed with a meat and rice and served with an egg-lemon sauce (avgolemono). Also called "yiaprakia," these are a Christmas classic in northern Greece.

Stuffed Eggplant Little Shoes -Melitzanes Papoutsakia
This is our family's favorite version of eggplant halves filled with a ground beef mixture, topped with a béchamel sauce. "Melitzanes" means "eggplants," and "papoutsakia" means "little shoes." Take a look to learn why.

Stuffed Grape Leaf Wreath w/ Meat, Cheese, Rice - Rolo me Abelophylla
Ground beef, rice, and cheese combine to make a tasty filling wrapped in grape leaves and baked in the oven.

Stuffed Vegetables with Meat and Rice - Yemista me Kima
Stuffed tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, and green peppers are prepared all over Greece with regional differences in spices and herbs. This recipe is a favorite with my neighbors in Crete.

Unstuffed Cabbage with Pork, Rice & Avgolemono
All the ingredients in the classic recipe for Greek stuffed cabbage rolls with avgolemono (egg-lemon sauce) go into this delightful dish, but there's no rolling. Ingredients are cooked together for a lovely main dish.

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