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Baked Kofta Kebab

baked kofta kebab in baking tin topped with onions and tomatoes

This baked kofta kebab is a simple recipe with just a few ingredients that makes such a delicious meal. As a mom to a small toddler, I often make recipes that come together with little effort and time. Of course, I still want it to be wholesome, nourishing, and not sacrificing flavor! This baked kofta kebab hits all those notes.

When my mom would go out of town, my dad would make this meal for us often. He called it lazy kofta because he would skip the part of shaping them like typical kofta kebabs, which look like mini sausages. Instead, he would season the meat, lay it flat in a pan, and then bake it in the oven. It was quick, convenient, and tasted like the kofta we all love. A win-win!

baked kofta kebab
baked kofta kebab

Why try this Baked Kofta Kebab?

  1. The top reason is it can be prepared ahead of time, leaving you with a seamless, effortless wholesome meal on the table in no time. You can prepare the entire dish the night before and bake it the day of.
  2. You probably have a majority, if not all the ingredients on hand, making this a convenient recipe to try. The salsa, which consists of bell pepper, jalapeno, onions, garlic, and parsley, adds lots of fresh flavors and moisture to the meat. The allspice, garlic powder, and smoked paprika with salt and pepper are the perfect medley of seasonings to elevate the beef kofta. I love the addition of baked kofta with tomatoes and onions.
  3. It is a lean protein-forward meal since I use 90/10 ground beef. There is no need for a fattier ratio for ground beef because the salsa mixture adds enough moisture to the meat.

What to pair this baked kofta recipe with?

plated beef kofta kebab
plated beef kofta kebab

Also, check out my chicken kofta kebab recipe, which I typically pan-sear or air-fry. It is very flavorful and another excellent option for a weeknight meal! I also have an authentic beef kofta kebab recipe that is typically grilled and similar to this baked version that you should try too! Another great kofta recipe is my kofta with tahini-it is a must try!

If you try my recipe, please let me know your thoughts below, leaving a rating and review! I would love to see your creations, too, on my Instagram page!

Be sure to check out my Baked Kofta Kebab video below! For the best viewing experience, watch the video in full-screen mode!

baked kofta kebab in baking tin topped with onions and tomatoes
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5 from 11 votes

Baked Kofta Kebab

This baked kofta kebab is so easy, convenient, and delicious. It is a fantastic main dish alongside salad, rice, and/or pita!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Arab, Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: baked kofta, baked kofta kebab, beef kofta, beef kofta kebab, kofta kebab
Servings: 4 people
Author: Heifa


  • 1.5 lb Ground Beef I use 90/10 ratio ground beef
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Allspice, ground
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to preference at least 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper

Salsa for the Kofta

  • 1 cup Parsley
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Jalapeno
  • 1 Yellow onion, small-medium in size
  • 3 Garlic cloves

Kofta Topping

  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 1 Yellow onion, sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In the food processor, pulse all the ingredients for the salsa until fine. You don't want to over pulse to where the mixture is wet but just enough until it is fine.
  • Add this to the ground beef. Season the beef with salt, pepper, allspice, garlic powder, tomato paste, and smoked paprika.
  • Mix together just enough to where the components are well combined.
  • Add the beef to an 8 x 8 baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Top this off with a flat layer of tomatoes and onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 40 min covered with foil. At this point, the kofta will have released excess liquid. You can pour that into the sink by tilting the baking pan or keeping it. I prefer to get rid of it. Bake uncovered for another 10 min then broil for 1 minute.
  • Cut into 4 squares. Enjoy a piece with a side of rice, salad, and yogurt.


Keep in mind that the meat’s cooking depends on how much you use. 
1 lb will yield a thinner piece of meat so it will cook for less time and 2 lbs will be thicker so it may need more time. This is just something to keep in mind. 
baked kofta kebab
baked kofta kebab

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  1. 5 stars
    Fufu’s recipes are on point. Love the slight jalapeño kick, love the convenience and its an amazing source of protein and incredible moist and not at all dense. Definitely will make this again.

  2. I was able to make this dish with a toddler hanging off me! It helped that I could take breaks while prepping it and I could get it all ready before hand and just throw it in the oven. This is definitely entering my dinner rotation.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this kofta and kofta btahinia, I can’t make kofta byahinia to save my life lol, and they both turned out so good. 10/10 recommend!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this during Ramadan when I was short on time. It was so yummy, tasted like kebab but with half the effort. Baked kofta pairs great with cucumber mint salad and rice. Thank you Heifa!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this recipe during Ramadan when I was short on time and it was so yummy! It tastes just like kebab but with half the effort. Baked kofta pairs great with cucumber mint salad and rice. Thank you Heifa!

  6. 5 stars
    Omg amazing recipe! So incredibly delicious. My kids were obsessed! Alhumdulilah thank you so much for sharing! It’s definitely going into our rotation.

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