“Kofta” Kebab – Grilled Ground Meat on Skewers

“Kofta” is the Middle Eastern version on a meatloaf.  It usually prepared in a “ball” form using ground meat – usually beef or lamb.

“Kebab” or Kabob on the other hand refers to meat in a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Nowadays, depending on preferences and diets, “kebabs” are fixed using other ingredients such as goat, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, seafood, falafel or even tofu.

We like to explore different tastes and flavors so we tried the Middle Eastern traditional Persian Kofta Kebab since all the ingredients that it needed were handy.

A simple healthy and quick dish, not to mention flavorful.


1 lb ground lamb (you can also use beef, chicken, pork or turkey)

1 large onion, minced

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

wooden skewers soaked in water


Pre-heat grill to around 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix onion, egg, salt, pepper and cinnamon.

Add meat.  Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour a little bit of oil in you palms and take a handful of the mixture and form it around the skewer.  Make a sausage like link wrapped around the skewer.

Grill kebabs until cooked through (about 6 minutes).

Serve with lemon wedges, hummus, rice or pita bread.


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