Polpettine Alla Griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs) Recipe

Are you looking to spice up your taste buds with a mouthwatering dish? Look no further than this Polpettine Alla Griglia recipe. Originating from the heart of Sicily, these meatballs are infused with the zest of fresh lemons and grilled to perfection.

As an assistant for a BBQ chef, I can attest that this is one of our top-rated Italian recipes that will conquer over all other meatball recipes. From its heavenly aroma to the creamy ricotta infused in it, this recipe packs a punch in both flavor and texture.

But why stick to ordinary meatballs when you can indulge in Sicilian meatballs that embody the alla siciliana spirit? The combination of ground pork, parsley, lemon zest, eggs, and garlic clove create an irresistible savory sensation that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Whether you choose to enjoy them with spaghetti al sugo or topped with zesty tomato sauce on pasta, these polpette alla griglia sicilian lemon grilled meatballs are guaranteed to become one of your all-time favorites. So put on your apron and get ready to elevate your cooking game with this exquisite culinary creation.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Polpettine Alla Griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs)
Polpettine Alla Griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs)

Listen up, all you foodies out there! If you’re looking for a sensational and unique dish that’ll leave your taste buds wanting more, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m delighted to introduce you to my latest masterpiece – Polpettine alla Griglia, also known as Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs.

Why will you love this recipe? Where do I even begin? Let’s start with the juicy and succulent pork meat loaded with creamy and tangy lemon zest. The delicate balance of flavors in this dish is so perfect that it will leave you craving for more. The mouthwatering aroma of the garlic cloves and parsley combined with the zesty lemons creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Trust me when I say that these grilled meatballs are a game-changer!

The secret ingredient in this recipe is creamy ricotta cheese which is added to give a unique texture and flavor profile to the meatballs. The creamy ricotta mixed with ground pork forms a perfectly balanced patty that feels like heaven on your tongue.

But wait, there’s more! These grilled meatballs not only taste amazing but they are so versatile too. You can serve them as an appetizer or make them the centerpiece of your meal; complemented by a side salad or spaghetti al sugo with tomato sauce.

Whether you’re hosting friends or family for dinner, impressing your partner with your culinary skills or simply treating yourself after a long day at work – Polpettine alla Griglia will conquer all others. Trust me; it’s worth it.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up these Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs now and thank me later. Trust me; this recipe will quickly become a regular guest at any foodie gatherings.Let’s get grilling!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a flavor explosion with these Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs
Get ready for a flavor explosion with these Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs

Let’s talk about the ingredients involved in making Polpettine Alla Griglia. This recipe requires a pound of ground pork as the main ingredient. In addition to that, you’ll need two large eggs, a cup of day-old breadcrumbs, a quarter cup of finely chopped parsley, three finely grated garlic cloves, and lemon zest from one lemon. Don’t forget to have some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on hand as well as it adds the much-needed seasoning to your meatballs! Another important ingredient in this recipe is creamy ricotta cheese- a quarter cup of it will lend a rich texture and flavor to the meatballs. So make sure to pick up some from your local grocery store. Lastly, instead of using just any oil to cook with, go for high-quality olive oil for an authentic Italian taste.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect summer BBQ appetizer that your guests won't be able to get enough of
The perfect summer BBQ appetizer that your guests won’t be able to get enough of

Are you ready to indulge in some Polpettine Alla Griglia that will leave your taste buds tingling? Great! Here’s how you can create these delicious lemon grilled meatballs at home:

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

To create these juicy and flavorful meatballs, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground pork
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 2: Mix and Shape the Meatballs

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, garlic, parsley, eggs, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Mix well using your hands until fully combined.

Next, shape the mixture into small meatballs roughly one inch in diameter. This recipe makes around 18 meatballs.

Step 3: Grill The Meatballs

Preheat your grill to medium. Brush the grate with olive oil to prevent sticking.

Once heated up, place the meatballs onto the grill about an inch apart from each other. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve

Once cooked through, remove the polpettine alla griglia from the heat and let them cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh sprigs of parsley and lemon slices or lemon leaves for extra tangy flavor.

You can serve these grilled meatballs creamy ricotta or braised winter greens for a hearty meal.

Enjoy your very own Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs – Polpettine Alla Griglia Sicilian Style!

Substitutions and Variations

 These juicy and tangy meatballs will have you craving more
These juicy and tangy meatballs will have you craving more

Ah, so you’re feeling adventurous? Looking to put your own spin on this polpettine alla griglia recipe, are you? Well, let me tell you, that’s the sign of a true cooking genius. Don’t worry, I’ve got some suggestions that will have you whipping up next-level meatballs in no time.

First off, if you’re not a fan of ground pork, feel free to substitute with ground beef or even ground veal. Just keep in mind that veal has a milder flavor than pork, while beef has a slightly stronger taste. Whatever you choose, aim for a lean grind with about 20% fat so that your meatballs stay moist and flavorful.

For those who love a little heat in their food, try adding some crushed red pepper flakes to the mixture. And if you’re feeling fancy, swap the parsley for fresh basil leaves. That will give your Sicilian meatballs an entirely new dimension of flavor.

If creamy ricotta isn’t your thing, switch it out for freshly grated parmesan cheese instead. This will add an element of nutty umami without overwhelming other flavors.

And speaking of creaminess, why not play around with the texture? Instead of using all ground meat, add some bread crumbs or panko to the mixture for a fluffier interior. Or try swapping the eggs with extra virgin olive oil and some lemon juice for tangy breadcrumbs polpette alla siciliana.

Finally, don’t forget to experiment with different serving sauces! Traditional Sicilian sauce like tomato sugo is always fabulous on fresh spaghetti pasta. But what about something new like pesto al limone made with lemon leaves or homemade orange jam sauce?

With these variations and substitutions in mind, there is no limit to the possibilities! Don’t be afraid to unleash your creativity and conquer other meatball recipes with gusto.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your craving for a grilled treat with these flavorful meatballs
Satisfy your craving for a grilled treat with these flavorful meatballs

When it comes to serving up these polpettine alla griglia, you’ll find that they make for an incredibly versatile dish. Whether you’re serving them up as a main course, as a snack, or even as part of a larger banquet or BBQ spread – there’s no doubt that they’ll be just the ticket.

One of the great things about these lemon grilled meatballs is that they work well with a huge range of different side dishes and accompaniments. For those looking to keep things traditional, a chunky tomato sauce served over a bed of spaghetti al sugo is always an excellent choice. The acidity and sweetness of the tomato sauce pairs perfectly with the citrusy notes in the meatballs.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to mix things up a bit and try something new, there are plenty of other options out there. One personal favorite of mine is to serve up these polpettine alla griglia alongside a bowl of braised winter greens, topped with creamy ricotta cheese and sprinkled with pine nuts. This combination brings together creamy smoothness, zesty freshness, and nutty crunchiness – all on one plate!

But really, when it comes to pairing these Sicilian lemon grilled meatballs, the sky’s the limit. You could serve them up as part of an antipasto platter alongside other Italian classics like abbacchio alla Romana or soppressata. Alternatively, why not add them as a topping for pizza or simply enjoy them straight off the grill in all their juicy glory?

However you choose to enjoy your polpettine alla griglia, just remember that this is one dish that’s sure to conquer others’ hearts and palates alike!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take your taste buds on a trip to Sicily with every bite of these grilled meatballs
Take your taste buds on a trip to Sicily with every bite of these grilled meatballs

Picture this: You’ve just thrown the most epic backyard BBQ of the summer season, complete with grilled polpettine alla griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs) that left everyone raving. But now you’re left with a surplus of leftover meatballs that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Fear not, my friend! With a little know-how on make-ahead, storing, and reheating, you can enjoy these delicious meatballs long after the party has ended.

First things first – if you’re planning to make these meatballs ahead of time for a future event, they’re actually ideal for prepping in advance! Simply follow the recipe instructions as directed, but don’t grill them just yet. Instead, form the mixture into small balls and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days before grilling. This is a timesaver that allows you to easily pop them on the grill when needed.

Now let’s talk about proper storage. If you do have leftover cooked polpettine alla griglia, it’s important to keep them safe for consumption. To store them safely, place any leftover meatballs in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to two months. When you’re ready to reheat them, simply remove from the fridge or freezer and allow them to come to room temperature before reheating.

When it comes to reheating your leftover polpettine alla griglia, there are several ways to go about it. One popular method is reheating them directly on a grill or in a skillet with some additional olive oil until they’re heated through and lightly browned. For a quicker option, you can also place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second increments until they’re warmed through.

Remember that the key to successful reheating is making sure your leftovers reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C), ensuring that any harmful bacteria has been properly killed off. And whatever you do – don’t forget those lemon leaves! They’ll be sure to add some extra zing even during reheating.

Now that you know how easy it is to make-ahead, store and reheat these polpettine alla griglia, don’t hold back from making a large batch next time around. On second thought, forget about leftovers – just make more than enough!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your friends and family with these beautifully grilled and delicious meatballs
Impress your friends and family with these beautifully grilled and delicious meatballs

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending hours preparing a recipe, only for it to not turn out as expected. Fear not, my fellow grill masters! I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve to ensure that your polpettine alla griglia come out perfectly every time.

Tip #1: Don’t overwork the meat mixture

When mixing the ground pork with the other ingredients, be gentle and don’t overwork the mixture. Overworking the meat can result in tough, dry meatballs. Simply mix everything together until just combined.

Tip #2: Use fresh lemon zest

Freshly grated lemon zest is key in this recipe. The oils in the zest add a bright, zesty flavor that complements the savory pork. Be sure to grate only the yellow part of the lemon peel – the white pith can be bitter.

Tip #3: Oil your hands before rolling the meatballs

To prevent the meat mixture from sticking to your hands when rolling into balls, lightly coat your hands with olive oil. This will also help prevent the meatballs from sticking to your grill grates.

Tip #4: Grill over medium-high heat

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F). Cooking over too high of heat can cause the outside of the meatballs to burn while the inside remains undercooked.

Tip #5: Let them rest before serving

It’s tempting to dig right in when those delicious Sicilian lemon grilled meatballs come off the grill, but allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows for juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicy, tender meatballs.

Follow these tips and you’ll be impressing your friends with perfectly cooked polpettine alla griglia in no time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Polpettine alla Griglia is a truly unique and delicious recipe that you won’t regret trying out. From the Sicilian lemon zest to the garlic clove and parsley, this dish is definitely not lacking in flavor. The mixture of creamy ricotta and ground pork in the meatballs creates a perfect combination of textures that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Additionally, this recipe’s versatility makes it perfect for any occasion, whether it be a family dinner or a barbecue party. Its pairings with pasta or braised winter greens, add even more options to enjoy and experiment with.

So why not conquer others with your culinary prowess by taking on this meatball recipe? With its Sicilian-style twist on traditional meatballs, you’ll soon have everyone clamoring for more. I highly recommend giving Polpettine alla Griglia a try and getting lost in the beautiful flavors of Italy.

Polpettine Alla Griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs)

Polpettine Alla Griglia (Sicilian Lemon Grilled Meatballs) Recipe

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 15 Meatballs
Calories 218.9 kcal


  • 1 kg ground pork or 1 kg veal
  • 125 g ground pecorino siciliano cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, soaked 3 minutes in milk and the excess squeezed out
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • organically grown lemons or orange leaves, rubbed with olive oil


  • lemons or orange juice


  • Combine all the ingredients except the leaves, and make many slightly flattened meatballs small enough that you can wrap each in a leaf (use a toothpicks or skewers to keep them rolled).
  • Grill the meatballs until done and squeeze with lemon before serving. (The leaves are not edible, so you may wish to wrap the leaves in a manner that will be quick to unwrap.).



Serving: 1271gCalories: 218.9kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 13.5gFat: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 85.3mgSodium: 104.6mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.5g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, European, Meat, Meatballs
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.