Grilled Kofta Kebabs Recipe

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It’s grilling season! We love to fire up the grill around here, especially if it involves plenty of fresh seasonal produce on the side. I’m always excited to add new favorites. I love experimenting with creative ethnic dishes especially, so I thought I’d try making kofta kebabs and they turned out really well!

If you’ve tried and liked my Greek meatballs with tzatziki, you’ll probably like these too.

What Are Kofta Kebabs?

As you probably know, kebabs simply means food on a stick. Fewer people know what kofta is. Kofta is a meatloaf or meatball entree.

When it’s put on a stick and grilled, it’s a kofta kebab!

Several eastern European and western Asian cultures have their own kofta recipes. While the herbs and spices vary from place to place, what remains common is that they’re used to flavor ground meat. Sometimes it’s ground beef or lamb (as it is in this recipe), but ground chicken or pork would work too.

Kofta kebabs are sometimes served alongside a salad like tabbouleh or wrapped in a flatbread. I recommend serving them with a big Greek salad. It’s a delicious combo.

Making and Cooking Kofta Kebabs

Making these kebabs is pretty straightforward. Planning ahead is the tricky part.

It’s important to make these in advance and then refrigerate them overnight before cooking to let the flavors meld. I like to put them on the sticks before refrigerating so that they’re all ready to go when I’m ready to cook the next day. Watch this pro put them on sticks — it’s kind of mesmerizing!

When you’re making your kebabs you can make them long and skinny like logs or fatter like an oblong meatball. Just keep in mind that the thicker they are, the longer they’ll take to cook (and vice versa).

Grilling Tip: Kebabs like to slide around the stick, making them difficult to flip. I recommend using two pairs of tongs or a pair of grilling gloves. Once they start to cook they’ll stick a little better.

Kofta Kebabs Recipe

Grilled skewers of ground lamb spiced with garlic, parsley, coriander, cumin, and cinnamon.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Resting time 8 hours
Calories 331kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • If using bamboo skewers, place 8 in water to soak.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the ground lamb, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, and pepper.
  • Divide the mixture evenly into 8 balls.
  • Roll each ball into a log shape and squeeze onto a skewer until the meat is covering most of the length of the skewer.
  • Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate overnight to let flavors meld.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill on high heat and cook about 3 minutes per side until the lamb is cooked.


Nutrition Facts
Kofta Kebabs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 364mg16%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 374IU7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Can also be made with ground beef, chicken, or pork. This recipe makes 8 large kebabs. Use smaller size skewers to make 16 or more smaller kebabs.

Have you ever made kofta kebabs? Do you have any tips and tricks to share?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


One response to “Grilled Kofta Kebabs Recipe”

  1. Camille Avatar

    4 stars
    We had these last year at an outdoor multi-cultural event and they were amazing! I’m so glad I found an easy recipe to make them at home. Thank you!

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