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When it comes to making dinner, I love making a build-a-bowl feast. These Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls are so easy to make and packed with delicious flavor. It will be a warm welcome to your dinner rotation!

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

Because my kids love meatballs, it’s always fun to introduce new flavors to them in the form of a meatball. Here, I’ve used lamb meat that is infused with curry powder and harissa. I love this combination and these meatballs might feel intimidating to a new palate, but I can assure you they are total crowd pleasers. These flavors shine just enough as to not overwhelm the palate and pair beautifully with the other elements in this bowl. 

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

Also, don’t let the length of this ingredient list scare you off — a lot of the ingredients are pantry staples.

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

step one: form and bake the meatballs

To start this recipe, you’ll get your meatballs formed and into the oven to bake. The combination of harissa with the warm spices are is one I cannot get enough of!

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

Step Two: make the cucumber salad

While these delicious meatballs are baking off in the oven, a quick cucumber salad. I love the brightness this adds to the dish!

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

Step three: make the tahini drizzle

Next up, the tahini drizzle. Both this and the cucumber salad are very simple to make and quick enough to make within the 15 minutes that the meatballs are baking. Note: If your drizzle seems too thick, add a few tablespoons of warm water to loosen it up!

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

step four: assemble the bowls

This recipe all comes together over a bed of brown rice, but quinoa would be lovely here, also! My kids aren’t the biggest fans of quinoa, so brown or white rice is typically what we gravitate to when it comes to a bowl night. The crisp and bright cucumber salad pairs beautifully with the warmly spiced lamb meatballs and the creamy/tangy tahini sauce. I load mine up with fresh dill, but cilantro works great here, too! 

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

The end result was a definite crowd pleaser on my family table and I hope it is for yours, too! If you love this recipe try a few others that have similar flavors:

Harissa Harvest Bowl

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken + Veggies with Lemon Aioli 

Curried Salmon Farro Bowls

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls
5 from 11 votes

Harissa Lamb Meatball Bowls

Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons harissa sauce I use Mina mild
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour

For the Cucumber Salad:

  • 2 cups quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced cucumber or 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup halved and thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Tahini Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • Pinch of salt

For Serving:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Fresh Dill


  • Preheat the oven to 400F and drizzle a small baking sheet with olive oil to lightly coat the bottom.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients and using clean hands, mix to combine. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Damp hands help if the meatballs are difficult to roll.
  • Place the meatballs in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, In a medium bowl, combine all of the cucumber salad ingredients and toss until well combed. Set Aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine all of the tahini drizzle ingredients and stir until well combined. Add warm water until the consistency is still thick but all a little bit drizzle-able (you'll need anywhere from 2-4 tablespoons depending on how thick your tahini is). Set Aside.
  • To serve, divide the brown rice amongst 4 bowls. Add the meatballs, the cucumber salad, a dollop of the tahini sauce, a dollop more of harissa (if desired), and garnish with fresh dill. Enjoy!


Tahini Note: If your sauce seems too thick, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until you get your desired consistency.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4

Photography and Styling by Jess Gaertner Creative.

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    These meatballs are amazing!! I have made them with both lamb and turkey and I can’t get enough of them. Also, they are the perfect meal prep.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these a few times and loved! Did it once with turkey and turned out great as well.

    Can you make these the day before formed and put in the fridge and bake off next day? Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Another hit from Defined Dish ! I used bison and breadcrumbs since I had that on hand and it was delicious. Adding to my weekly meal rotation!