Recipe By Chef John
Rating
Published Jun 8th
Prep 15m Cook 15m Additional 1h Ready In 1h 30m
Servings 4 kebabs Calories 287.9

I’m excited to share what is one of my all-time favorite things to grill. This is perfect for those times when you want to take a break from grilling burgers, but you also kinda want a grilled burger, since this is basically a Mediterranean-style meatball on a stick. I know “shish” gets more love, but “kofta” might be the best kebab. Serve over a tomato, onion, and cucumber salad with flatbread or pita and a lemony tahini dressing.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 slice whole grain bread, toasted
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 4 ounces ground lamb
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 bamboo skewers, soaked for at least 1 hour

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cut toasted bread slice into thin strips on a cutting board; cut strips across into a small dice.
  2. 2 Place onion, parsley, and garlic on top of diced bread on the cutting board; chop until mixture resembles tabbouleh.
  3. 3 Season beef and lamb with kosher salt, black pepper, allspice, paprika, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne. Add onion mixture and water. Mix and mash with your hands until well combined.
  4. 4 Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  5. 5 Remove meat from the refrigerator and roll ¼ of the mixture into a ball using wet hands. Pierce in the middle with a bamboo skewer. Shape meat into a uniform log, about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.
  6. 6 Meanwhile, preheat a charcoal grill until coals are very hot.
  7. 7 Place kebabs on the hot grill until browned and cooked through, about 12 minutes, turning every 3 minutes or so. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a kebab should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 287.9
  • Carbohydrate 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol 68.9 mg
  • Fat 22.1 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g
  • Protein 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 9.1 g
  • Sodium 693.3 mg

Reviews

  1. Just made these... such a delicious take on Kofta Kebabs!

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