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Grilled Beef Kofta

Grilled Beef Kofta

  • Author: Ontario Beef
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Grilling


These beef koftas are a grilling favourite and fun for kids who like to eat anything off a stick. Serve with prepared tzatziki sauce for dipping. Make it a meal by adding an orzo pasta salad and pita.



1 lb. (500 g) medium ground beef

1 small onion, minced

1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh mint, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon

1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin

1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground coriander

1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each salt & pepper


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak for 25 minutes prior to kofta assembly.
  2. In a medium bowl combine ground beef, onion, parsley, mint, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
  3. Divide mixture into 8 balls. Place each ball on the end of a skewer and gently form an oval kabob. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Lightly brush a pre-heated grill or grill-pan with oil or non-stick spray. Cook kofta skewers for 10 minutes, turning every 2-3 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
  5. Serve with prepared tzatziki sauce


  • Using medium ground beef versus lean ensures there is enough fat present to hold the kofta together. If opting to use extra lean ground beef in place of medium a binding ingredient, like an egg, may be required.
  • These kofta can also be cooked in the oven. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place skewers on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 209
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 344 mg
  • Fat: 11.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 21.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 61 mg

Keywords: Dinner, Grilling, Kid-friendly, Lunch, Gluten-friendly