Beef and Lamb braai meatballs Recipe

A braai can be more economical than you think, with a little forethought to use and stretch everyday ingredients and less expensive meat cuts, without losing the appeal for folk who expect conventional steak and chops at a braai.


Prep Time

25 minutes

Cooking Time

25 minutes


Makes 20 meatballs

Recipe Ingredients

  • +- 300 g   lamb mince
  •  +-500 g   lean beef mince
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 10 ml Italian dried herbs
  • 8 ml  salt
  •  2 slices  SPAR brown bread
  • 250 g   SPAR Rindless Streaky Bacon, each rasher cut in half lengthwise, using scissors

Ideas for threading between the meatballs

  • SPAR Freshline green peppers, pineapple chunks, 2 x 200g punnets SPAR mini plum tomatoes.

Recipe Method

  1. Combine the ingredients in a food processor, and roll into 20 golf-ball size meatballs.
  2. Wrap a strip of bacon once around each meatball, and thread them close together on a long kebab stick.
  3. Brush over with oil and braai for 20-25 minutes, turning once and a while until attractively browned all over.

Hints & Tips

Long metal skewers work best, but if you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using, to prevent them burning over the coals.

Other economical braai ideas

  • Wrap a greased foil parcel for each person, filled with well-seasoned chicken breast fillet strips, onion marmalade, and handful of grated SPAR cheddar cheese.
  • Be generous with the unusual delicious side-salads and breads, to cut down on meat costs and encourage guests to take liberal portions of these first, to detract from the meat being less in quantity with which to fill their plate.