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Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo

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This delicious, vegan Greek meatballs recipe is served with a fresh salad, whipped feta, and creamy orzo.

Ahhh with all the chaos happening in the world right now, staying healthy is on the top of everyone’s minds. What is one way you can make sure your body stays in tiptop shape? Eating delicious, healthy food that contains ingredients you can a) pronounce, and b) give your body the nutrients it needs to keep your immune system strong. Not to mention how damn good it makes you feel mentally when you are eating good food!

This recipe for Greek Meatballs is made with plant-based ingredients, is full of flavor, and will keep your body healthy and happy. You know me, I love my Greek-inspired recipes, and this recipe is no different, I really think you’ll love this one whether it’s for lunch, dinner, meal prep, or whatever the case.

Vegan Greek meatballs on a serving dish

Why you’ll love these Greek Meatballs:

  • They are easy to make and can be made in under 40 minutes 
  • They are plant-based, no meat required in these balls!
  • The creamy orzo and whipped feta makes it so extra delicious 
  • It’s made with easy to find ingredients 


Here are the ingredients you’ll need for Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo: 

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Ingredients for vegan greek meatballs on counter


How to make Greek Meatballs: 

Ingredients for vegan meatballs in bowl being mixed

This recipe is incredibly easy to put together. To prepare the meatballs, all you need to do is add all your ingredients into a bowl, mix well using your (clean) hands and create golf size balls before heating your cast-iron skillet or pan to cook them up. Make sure to leave your eyes on the balls because you don’t want them to burn and they won’t take long to cook!

Cooking vegan Greek meatballs in a pan

Next, you’ll prepare your salad by adding all the ingredients for the yummy tomato salad. And last but not least, you’ll prepare your orzo by following the directions on the package. Once you have it looked, you’ll flavor it with the pepper and olive oil. It doesn’t sound like much, but you won’t need to add much to your orzo because it’ll be plated with all the flavor from the whipped feta, salad & Greek meatballs.

The whipped vegan feta will be made in a food processor. Process the ingredients until it’s perfectly whipped and creamy, then place it in the fridge to set while you finish getting everything else together.

Whipped feta in food processor

You can really load all these parts onto your plate in whichever way you prefer, but I love to add the feta, then the orzo, then meatballs, and some of the tomato salad. Garnish with your fav fresh herbs for an added punch of flavor! Dill is my fav.

Vegan greek meatballs close-up with creamy orzo

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Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo

4.89 from 26 votes
This delicious, vegan Greek meatballs recipe is served with a fresh salad, whipped feta, and creamy orzo.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dishes, Appetizers + Sides, Salads and Greens
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 816 kcal


For the Meatballs:

  • 396 gram 14 oz of your choice of vegan meat substitute
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet white onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. oat milk
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp umami spice optional, I used Trader Joe's
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • handful fresh dill finely chopped

For the tomato Salad:

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • handful fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

For the Orzo:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo

For the Whipped Feta:


  • Prepare your meatballs by adding all your ingredients into a bowl, mix well using your hands and create golf size balls.  Should yield around 12-14.
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or pan on high and lightly grease with olive oil spray. You want to add your meatballs to the skillet or pan when you see smoke rising.  Cook for around 5-6 minutes on each side or until perfectly golden all around.  Keep a close eye on the balls to avoid any unnecessary burning.
  • Prepare the salad by adding all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir till combined.  Set aside to marry.
  • Prepare the orzo by following the package instructions.  Once cooked, strain and lightly dust with pepper and olive oil or vegan butter.  Stir till coated.
  • Prepare the whipped feta by adding the ingredients to a high-speed food processor.  Process till perfectly whipped and creamy.  Place in the fridge to set while you plate everything else.
  • I put my plate together by first adding the whipped feta, then the orzo, then the meatballs, then some of that fresh gorgeous salad.
  • Garnish with fresh dill or oregano!


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Serving: 4(large dinner serving) | Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 83.5g | Protein: 14.1g | Fat: 49.4g | Saturated Fat: 17.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.7g | Sodium: 1083.3mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 6.5g
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5 stars
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! The whole family loved it, the flavours are going so well together and everyone was amazed by how authentic the “meatballs” tasted. Used regular pasta instead of the orzo as we didn’t have any. Will definitely make it again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, hun!! Glad you loved it!

Meghan Andrea

5 stars
Tried this tonight and fell in love! Will definitely be returning to this again and again. Thanks so much for sharing xx

Maria Koutsogiannis

Isn’t it the best!

Natia Cassio

This dish was amazing!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much Natia

Monica Boulier

5 stars
This recipe was not only delicious but easy to make on a crazy Monday night. All items were in the pantry. Love it when it all comes together. Dinner tonight with leftovers tomorrow. Yay! Will definitely make again.

Maria Koutsogiannis


Marcy allen

5 stars
This is one of my go-to recipes for vegan meat balls! So so delicious!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Marcy!

Ashleigh Hall

5 stars
I LOVE this recipe! I use a lentil, mushroom and walnut mince mix with plant milk soaked breadcrumbs and the seasonings for my meatballs and it works soo well. One of my absolute go-to’s in hotter weather now, I love the Greek flavours so much – thanks Maria! Xx

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for your support, hun!!!

Amy Wallace

Would it be possible to bake the meatballs? At what temperature and how long? I am excited to try these tomorrow!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes! That should work. Try at 350 for 25 to start then access the situation! Might end up needing another 5 minutes.

Lori Shapleigh

Any suggestions for making this w/o oil?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Oh dear, this is a hard one because I am greek through and through… and you know that means we’re addicted to olive oil… hah. Hmm, maybe try in the feta using water instead, that should help… and then I think that the meatballs can just go without and I would suggest just cooking them with a tiny bit of water on the pan to avoid burning. But with all this being said, I did not test the recipes like this so you may need to modify as you go!

Jodi Bever

5 stars
Amazing!! Such a good fresh recipe. Definitely adding it into our rotation of dinners!! Made it last weekend and making it again today. 10/10 (my boyfriend who isn’t vegan LOVED it)

Meghan Crull

5 stars
So delicious and flavorful! It will definitely be in one of our go-tos – so you know it’s also quick and easy!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so mcuh for the love Meghan!

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