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Beef Kofta Kebobs

Succulent and spiced beef kofta kebobs that are perfect for any grill party or Mediterranean feast.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 28 kofta kebobs 1x


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46 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
28 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes


Using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef’s knife on your cutting board, mash the minced garlic with the kosher salt to form a paste.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the garlic paste with the ground beef, grated onion, chopped fresh parsley, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, cayenne pepper, ground ginger, and ground black pepper until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
Shape the spiced beef mixture into 28 evenly sized balls.
Take one ball at a time and form it around the tip of a pre-soaked skewer, pressing into a 2-inch oval shape; repeat the process with the remaining beef balls and skewers.
Arrange the prepared kebobs on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together, or leave overnight for enhanced taste.
When ready to grill, preheat the outdoor grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grilling grate.
Cover the grilling grate with a piece of aluminum foil and place the prepared skewers on top of the foil.
Grill the skewers on the foil, rotating them occasionally, until the outside of the kofta firms up enough to hold shape.
Once the kofta kebobs have firmed up on the foil, carefully remove them from the foil and place them directly on the grilling grate to achieve a slight charred effect and cook them to your preferred level of doneness.


Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning.
Allowing the kofta mixture to rest overnight will intensify the flavors.
Be gentle when turning the skewers to maintain the shape of the koftas.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 1 hour (includes soaking skewers)
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer/Main Course
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 kofta kebob
  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Sugar: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

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