Recipe By Will
Published Jun 8th
Prep 20m Cook 4m Additional - Ready In 24m
Servings 36 meatballs Calories 180.6

If you are looking for a tasty main dish meal, try my new Turkish meatballs.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 slices slightly stale whole wheat bread
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Tear up bread slices into the bowl of a food processor; process into fine crumbs. Add ground lamb and egg; process until blended. Add parsley, garlic, cumin, mint, allspice, salt, and pepper; process until evenly combined.
  2. 2 Roll lamb mixture into small meatballs.
  3. 3 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 180.6
  • Carbohydrate 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol 73.9 mg
  • Fat 11.6 g
  • Fiber 0.8 g
  • Protein 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4 g
  • Sodium 284.3 mg
  • Sugar 0.6 g

Chef's Notes

Refrigerate meatballs for 1 hour before cooking if desired.


  1. We loved the meatballs we ate when we were traveling in Turkey, so I was excited to try this recipe. We are very happy with the results! I used fresh mint instead of dried and it was a great addition.
  2. Incredible!
  3. I forgot to mention, I've been to various parts of Turkey several times. I've had many versions of Kofte. This recipe is spot on!