Kofta beef kebabs

Prep 15 min
Plus Grilling Time: 8 minutes
Makes 6 koftas



large skewers
1 slice
white bread
garlic cloves, minced, or 2 tsp bottled chopped garlic
1/4 cup
finely chopped fresh mint, or coriander
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
500 g


  • Oil grill and heat barbecue to medium. If using wooden skewers, soak in water. In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg. Tear bread (including crusts) into small pieces, then add to egg. Using a fork, mash until bread soaks up most of egg. Stir in garlic, mint, cumin, cinnamon and salt. Crumble in beef. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix together. Do not overwork or koftas will be tough.
  • Divide meat mixture into 6 portions. Form each into a log about 4 inches (10 cm) long. Gently flatten. Place 2 skewers 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart lengthwise on flattened mixture. Mould meat firmly around skewers. Place on a large plate. Repeat with remaining meat mixture and skewers.
  • Place skewers on grill. Barbecue, covered, 4 minutes, then gently turn. Continue to barbecue until meat feels firm to the touch, 4 to 5 more minutes. Good with tabbouleh salad, grilled red onions and pitas.

If you’re looking for the ease of a hamburger but want something a bit more intriguing, try these koftas – they’re popular street food in Turkey.

Terrific Toppers

Raid the fridge and dress up koftas or your favourite burger with any of these quick toppings.

* store-bought creamy or vinaigrette-style coleslaw
* hot or mild salsa stirred with grated old cheddar
* seeded and chopped tomatoes, cucumber and crumbled feta
* a spoonful of mango chutney and sour cream
* thin slices of pickled beets and a sprinkling of blue cheese

Indoor Sizzle

Preheat grilling machine to medium-high. Place koftas on grill. Close lid and grill until meat feels firm to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Or position oven rack 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) from broiler. Preheat broiler. Place koftas on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil until meat feels firm to the touch, 10 minutes. You don’t need to turn koftas.


Calories 167
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrates 3.2 g
Fat 9.7 g
Fibre 0.3 g
Sodium 270 mg

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Photo credit: Andreas Trauttmansdorff

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