Mediterranean Beef Kofta

A meatball by any other name is still the same—and every bit as delicious. This Mediterranean-spiced beef kofta variation goes great with hummus, rice and tzatziki sauce.

  • 25
    min
  • 4
    SERVINGS
  • 216
    Cal
  • 26 g
    Protein

Ingredients & Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mint leaves
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve koftas on warmed pita bread with rice, hummus and prepared tzatziki sauce as desired

Cooking:

  1. Combine ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.

    Cook's Tip: Kofta is a meatball or meatloaf consisting of minced or ground meat mixed with spices and/or onions. 

    Beef mixture can be prepared in a food processor.  Add onion to food processor and pulse until onion is minced. Add beef, oil, salt and spices.; blend until well mixed and mixture forms a ball.
  2. Shape quarter of beef mixture around 8-inch bamboo skewers leaving approximately 1 to 2 inches at bottom of skewer. Make small indentations in beef mixture with fingers approximately 1 inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and 3 skewers.

  3. Refrigerate beef at least 10 minutes.

    Cook's Tip: When grilling koftas, do not turn them until you can do so without koftas breaking apart.
  4. Place koftas in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of koftas registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

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