Mediterranean Meatball Bowls

meatballs, cucumbers, hummus, feta and vegetables in a white bowl.

Mediterranean meatball bowls with Greek-inspired beef meatballs, whole grain farro, fresh veggies, chickpeas, tzatziki, and feta make a delicious mix and match family dinner that's healthy and filling.


  • 1 cup uncooked farro
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • 1 lb ground beef (I like 90/10 for meatballs)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • ⅓ cup onion, grated or finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
  • 4 cups baby spinach or other leafy green
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup hummus and/or tzatziki sauce
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed or roasted
  • Olives, fresh herbs, or any other toppings you like


  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Make the meatballs by mixing together all the ingredients in a bowl. Roll them into 1 ½-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or in a cast iron skillet. Bake them for 15-20 minutes. 
  3. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness. 
  4. While the meatballs are baking, chop the veggies and cook your favorite whole grain. I like farro or quinoa, but you can really use any whole grain that you love. These bowls are also great for using leftover grains if you like to batch cook.
  5. Once the grains and meatballs are done, assemble the bowls. Start with a bed of grains and leafy greens in each of 4 bowls, then add the meatballs, veggies, chickpeas, hummus/tzatziki and feta.


  • Double up on the farro and meatballs when cooking and freeze for next time you want to make these bowls.

Recipe Variations:

  • I made these bowls super easy with fresh veggies only, but they’re also delicious with sautéed kale or roasted red peppers and red onions.
  • Instead of farro you can use your favorite cooked grain, such as quinoa. Or leave the whole grains out altogether and serve with pita bread.
  • If you’re dairy-free, simply leave off the feta cheese and tzatziki. 
  • Top with any other toppings you like, such as fresh herbs or olives.
  • Leave off the meatballs for a vegetarian version.

Keywords: mediterranean grain bowls, mediterranean meatball grain bowls, Greek meatball bowls