Kofta Kebabs - Middle East Grilled Ground Meat

Kofta Kebabs
Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki and Salad. Philip Wilkins/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    10 min
  • Total Time
    20 min
  • Yield
    4 servings

You might not want to bother making these deliciously spiced patties into "kebabs," but you can put them on skewers if you want. They can be made with any kind of ground meat, including the traditional lamb.  Serve with Tzatziki with Mint.


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 Tablespoon gournd coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne or other hot pepper (or a little Harissa paste)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons finely minced onion or 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt (about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons works well)


It's easiest to mix all the ingredients together, but you might find that the flavors come out a little more if you warm the spices in about a tablespoon of olive oil until they sizzle.

Traditionally, these are molded into sort of long meatballs (about 3 to 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter) and put on skewers to grill. But the skewers are totally optional.

Nutritional Information: Each of 4 servings has 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber, 29 grams protein, and 303 calories.

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