I first shared this kofta recipe a couple summers ago, and since then, it’s become one of our favorites. These koftas are quick, delicious, and versatile — you can make them out of ground beef, lamb, or turkey.
I often serve them sandwich-style in pita pockets with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese, but you can also serve them over rice. I’ve also used this recipe to make burgers a couple times — it’s a delicious option if you’re looking for something a little different from a traditional hamburger!
For the koftas:
- 1 lb of ground beef, lamb, or turkey
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground tumeric
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
- 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor and mix until thoroughly combined.
Divide the meat mixture into four (kabobs/burgers) or eight (koftas) equal portions. If you’re making kabobs, shape them around skewers; otherwise, form into patties. Grill the koftas until they are cooked through, and serve with desired toppings (see below).
- Pita pockets, buns, or rice
- Thinly sliced tomatoes
- Thinly sliced cucumbers
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Feta cheese
- Greek yogurt mixed with dill
- Sriracha hot sauce
Serve koftas in pita pockets, buns, or over rice. Add toppings to taste. Enjoy!