Are you hungry and short on time? Kafta Kabobs is a delicious Mediterranean recipe to make with a few ingredients that come together in 20 minutes and will satisfy the whole family at dinner table!
Mediterranean Ground Beef Kabobs is one of the most popular Lebanese recipes. It’s made up with ground beef, onion, parsley and spices. The result is tender, juicy and delicious kabobs that will leave everyone wanting more!
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What is Lebanese Kofta Recipe?
Lebanese Beef kofta is mini patties of beef meatballs made up of lean ground beef and grated onion, seasoned with warm spices, and cooked in many different ways.
In Lebanese local restaurant, these Lebanese kebab Kafta are laced onto metal skewers and grilled on hot coals during an outdoor grill party. They are served with grilled hot dogs and shish tawook on wood skewers.
Why You Will Love This Recipe?
Let's see why I adore this Beef Kafta Recipe, and I’m sure that you will love it too!
So delicious: Kofta Kabobs are so juicy and full of Mediterranean flavor. I cannot describe the added grilling flavor too! Really it’s so yummy!
Ready in 20 minutes: Effortlessly easy to make, this recipe needs about 20 minutes of your time.
Healthy: it’s made with healthy ingredients: it’s simply made up with beef cubes or ground beef, fresh parsley, and spices. For totally healthy fitness meals, try this beef kafta recipe!
Versatile: You can add the spices you love, such as: black pepper, white pepper, sumac, etc. You can also make it with only basic ingredients: fresh parsley and onion. Choose your flavorings according to your own flavor preferences.
Low carb: Beef Mince Kafta Kabobs is a great choice for those who are on a low carb diet.
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Best Ways to Serve Beef Kafta Kabob
You can serve this ultimate yummy Beef Kofta Kebabs dish with any of these amazing side dishes:
Salads: To get the unique rounded flavor of Kafta Kabobs, serve it with a light side salad such as Lebanese Tabbouleh, Fattoush salad, Quinoa salad, etc. For me, I love pairing these pieces of Ground Beef Kabobs with Easy Refreshing Pomegranate Salad. A yummy Mediterranean chopped salad!
Grilled veggies: Pair Beef Mince Kebabs with any type of grilled vegetables you like. For example, you can pair them with broccoli, colorful bell pepper, or corn. I suggest you to try it with Air Fryer Crispy Broccoli with Parmesan.
Rice: If you like rice combination, I suggest you serve Beef Kebabs with hot fluffy white Lebanese Rice. You can pair it with 3 Ingredient Vermicelli Rice in Instant Pot.
Other options: If you are a Middle Eastern cuisine fan, then you can serve Beef Kabobs with different kinds of side dishes. You can pair them with pita bread alongside Lebanese Hummus Mtabbal, baba ganoush, yogurt sauce, tzatziki sauce, garlic sauce, tahini sauce, Skin on Instant Pot Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, etc.
Kafta Kabobs Ingredients
To make this kafta recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Beef cubes: Use 500 grams of high quality beef cubes. You can use ground beef in place of beef cubes.
Fresh parsley: It gives an authentic freshness flavor to your meat mixture. If you don’t have fresh parsley, you can use curly parsley instead of.
Small onion: You will need one finely minced small onion. It’s one of the essential traditional ingredients in this recipe.
Garlic cloves: Add three finely minced garlic cloves to the mixture.
Spices: In this recipe, you will need black pepper and seven spices. These Middle Eastern spices will add a delicious taste to your Beef Kafta Kebabs. You can find seven spices in any Middle Eastern store.
Pepper paste: Adding pepper paste is optional, however it gives a kick to your kabobs.
Salt: According to taste.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Tips and Tricks
- The kafta meat needs to be some fat in order to get moist and juicy Beef Kafta Kabob. Extra fat will cause falling apart when grilled beef mixture, and extra lean will give you dried Kafta Kabobs.
- After chopping parsley, onions, and garlic, remove excess water as much as possible.
- If you don’t like beef meat, you can use ground lamb, ground turkey, or ground chicken instead of ground beef.
- Chill the kafta mixture for one hour before grilling, this will help it to better keep its shape.
- Before forming Beef Kafta Kabobs, wet your hands with a bit of water or oil to avoid the meat mixture stick to your hands.
- For extra flavors, you can add olive oil and fresh herbs like fresh mints to the meat mixture. You can also add cayenne pepper for a heat flavor!
- Cook slowly on a medium heat! If you cook them too fast, then the Kabobs will burn on the outside and still be pink on the inside.
- Don’t overcook Kafta Kabobs! That’s how you get juicy yummy Beef Mince Kebabs!
- To cook Beef kafta kabob recipe, you can bake Kabobs in the oven, cook them in a skillet on the stove top, or grill them on wooden skewers.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
They are the same thing in terms of ingredients. However, Kafta is a Lebanese word, while Kofta is used in other Middle Eastern countries.
Yes, for sure! Make the Kofta mix, shape the Kabobs, cover them with plastic wrap, and put them in the refrigerator. When you want to serve them, cook the Kabobs them on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
Yes, for sure you can! To make lamb kofta, use lamb ground meat instead of ground beef.
Kafta bil sanieh are mini patties of middle eastern meatball cooked in a cast iron grill pan on a gas grill over medium-high heat.
To store Beef Kabobs leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
You can reheat them for 3-4 minutes in the microwave or in the pan on the stovetop.
Yes, you can. Defrost Kafta Kabobs overnight in the refrigerator and heat them before serving.
- small onion
- fresh parsley
- garlic cloves
- beef cubes or ground beef 80/20
- black pepper
- seven spices
- pepper paste
First, in a food processor, chop the garlic, onion, and parsley.
Next, add beef cubes or ground beef and the spice blend to the processor. Now, run the processor until all is well combined.
Then, place the meat mixture in a large mixing bowl. Take about ¼ cup of the meat mixture and shape it like a kabob. For best results, make sure that each Kafta kabob is about 1 inch in thickness. Repeat until you have run out of meat.
After that, add ½ cup oil to a pan, place Kofta in the pan, and cook them on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
Finally, serve them immediately with your favorite yogurt sauce, garlic sauce, or tahini sauce.
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Beef Kafta Kabobs
- 1 small onion
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- 3 cloves garlic
- 500 grams beef cubes or ground beef 80/20
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon seven spices
- 2 tablespoons pepper paste
- In a food processor, chop the garlic, onion, and parsley.
- Add beef cubes or ground beef and the spices to the processor. Run the processor until all is well combined.
- Place the meat mixture in a large bowl. Take about ¼ cup of the meat mixture and shape it like a kabob. For best results, make sure each kafta kabob is about 1 inch in thickness. Repeat until you have run out of meat.
- Add ½ cup oil to a pan, place kofta in the pan, cook them on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
- Serve them immediately with your favorite yogurt sauce, garlic sauce, or tahini sauce.