Pita Pockets with Meatballs

Nuvita Biscuits


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
  • 250g beef mince
  • 1/2 cup (35g) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 4 wholemeal pita pockets
  • 1/3 cup (85g) hummus (see note)
  • Small lettuce leaves
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 baby cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthways


Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Add beef mince, breadcrumbs, egg and tomato paste to onion and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Roll tablespoonfuls of beef mixture into balls and place on a plate. Cover plate with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until brown all over and cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Cut each pita pocket in half widthways. Gently pull edges apart and spread with hummus inside. Fill pockets with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and meatballs. Wrap in baking paper and pack into lunch boxes.


You can freeze the meatballs at the end of step 2 and defrost to use when desired. To freeze, line an airtight container with freezer paper, then arrange the meatballs in the lined container. Top with another sheet of freezer paper. Label, date and freeze. Remove meatballs as needed and place in the fridge to defrost. Continue from step 3.

Tomato sauce, barbecue sauce or tzatziki can be used as an alternative to hummus.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Echo on Mar 18, 2013

    I want to make meatballs, but I want to do something different from spaghetti and meatballs or just plain meatballs. Any ideas?

  2. posted by LN13 on Mar 19, 2013

    We are having a 70’s themed party and would like some ideas for typical food for a buffet, apart from cheese and pineapple on sticks!

  3. posted by JOHN KAISER PHD on Mar 22, 2013

    Hey everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone knew of any website or forum with good EASY and SIMPLE vegetarian recipes. I find most to be a bit extravagant and I would like to find some that are good for a person like me who is on the go and prepacks meals. Thanks in advance!

  4. posted by Alina Elliott on Mar 26, 2013

    hi, ok so i’m really reallyyy bad at cooking, and i’m not exaggerating lol. i try to make good sandwiches but they’re never good. i’ve tried looking up stuff online too, but i didn’t really come across anything good. if anyone has any good techniques and or recipes for amazing sandwiches, please share :)

    nothing with pig please, i prefer chicken above all, but turkey’s fine too.

  5. posted by slipknot0129 on Mar 26, 2013

    i have a four year old son…he is not picky and loves veggies..

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