Middle Eastern Grilled Kofta Kebabs Recipe

Kofta Kebabs
Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki and Salad. Philip Wilkins/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 197
Fat 12g
Carbs 3g
Protein 18g
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 197
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 1178mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 18g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 314mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Total Time 20 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 10 min
Servings 4

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 although nutrition information is calculated using 80% lean beef. Serve with Tzatziki with Mint.


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 Tablespoon ground 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.

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