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black plate with 3 kofta kabobs, side salad, naan bread and a small bowl of garlic sauce
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Grilled Kofta Kabobs (lamb or beef)

Ground lamb (or beef) seasoned with garlic, onion, parsley and simple dry spices molded on skewers and grilled for amazing Mediterranean - Middle Eastern inspired flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigerate meat mixture10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: koftas, kaftas, lamb recipes, grilled kafta, grilled kofta, kofta kabobs


  • Grill


  • 1 pound ground lamb may sub ground beef
  • 2 large garlic cloves grated
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh flatleaf parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • wooden skewers


  • Add the ground meat to a medium size bowl then sprinkle on the spices, garlic, onion and parsley. Gently mix with your hands, making sure the spices are combined without overmixing.
  • The mixture will be a little sticky when it’s combined so place the bowl in the freezer for 10-12 minutes before you add it to the skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, use this time to soak them in water.
  • After 10-12 minutes remove the meat from the freezer and using your hand, score it into 4 approximately equal sections.
  • Mold each piece around the skewers leaving room at the ends of each skewer. 

Grilling the Koftas:

  • Preheat the grill to high heat - approximately 450 degrees.
  • Transfer the prepared kabobs to the grill and cook about 5 minutes per side (10 minutes total) or until they reach in internal temperature of 155 to 160°.
  • Remove from the grill and serve right away.