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Beef Kofta Kebab

Beef Kofta Kebab

This is the only recipe you need for an authentic and super tasty beef kofta kebab. An amazing grilled Kofta kebab is a summertime essential recipe in any Middle Eastern home. These beauties are typically made with ground beef along with minced parsley, garlic, and onions. These beef kofta kebabs are a crowd pleaser and go so well with side dishes like rice, fatoush, hummus, baba ghanouj, and so much more.

I am sure we all have heard of kebabs. Kufta kebab however refers to ground meat kebabs so ground beef is specifically used for this recipe but there are recipes with ground lamb, ground chicken, or even ground turkey.

Seasonings like allspice or seven-spice are what really amplify the flavor of this dish. The red chili and tomato paste also add lots of dimension in taste and in appearance. You honestly can’t go wrong with this super simple beef kofta kebab recipe. It is a family favorite.

How to grill your Beef Kofta Kebab

There are a few ways to shape and grill these.

The grill I use is charcoal as its even more flavorful than gas grill but either works great. You do not want your grill to be scorching hot but in the 300 F realm is great. Also if using charcoal make sure the coals are spread evenly throughout so there is even cooking for the meat. This way the kofta has nice char marks on the outside and super tender and juicy on the inside.

If using skewers, stainless steel ones are great but wooden skewers do the trick too. If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for 3 minutes prior to using.

I prefer to use neither and actually shape the kofta by hand into what looks like small sausages. This way I don’t have to worry about the meat sticking to the skewer and they look just as great!

Any who, give these kebabs a try and let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Beef Kofta Kebab
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5 from 8 votes

Beef Kofta Kebab

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Arabic
Keyword: beef kabob, beef kufta, beef kufta kebab, beef recipes, grilled meats, grilling season, kebab, kofa, kofta kebob, kufta, kufta kebab, kufta kebob
Servings: 25 Koftas
Author: Heifa

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef 90/10
  • 1.5 tbsp Red Chili Paste
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbsp All Spice or Seven Spice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste be generous with seasonigs

Salsa for the meat marinade

  • 2 cups Parsley
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves

Instructions

  • Pulse the salsa ingredients in a food processor until fine.
  • Add the salsa to the meat along with all the seasonings, tomato paste, and red chili paste. Mix all together with your hands.
  • You take about 1/4 cup of the meat to give you a size idea and shape it into what looks like mini chubby hot dogs!
  • Grill for about 15-20 minutes around 300 F temperature on the grill gage. You want to keep the meat nice and juicy so do not over cook. The outside should be lightly charred and the inside fully cooked and tender.

Notes

You can either shape and grill right away or cover and place in the fridge then take out for 30 min before grilling.Β 
Or make the meat mixture then refrigerate. You can shape and put on the grill then.Β 
Enjoy this with a salad, rice, and pita bread. Hummus also goes fantastic with this spread!

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25 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! I added a bit of cinnamon as well and it was absolutely dreamy!
    Easy to make and we ate half of it before we even got to the dinning table!

    Thanks fufu for the great recipe! πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    I made these following your exact recipe and they turned out incredible! Best kofta I ever made. My family was impressed πŸ˜‰ thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This was sooooo delicious that it will be the only kofta recipe I follow from now on. I added a pinch of cinnamon as well and substituted the tomato paste for red pepper paste because that’s all I had and the flavors were just amazing. Thanks Fufu, you never disappoint!

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

    1. Hi, typically mainstream supermarkets will carry allspice but if you cannot find either then do a mixture of ground cumin, ground cinnamon, ground clove, and ground coriander with salt and pepper.

  5. 5 stars
    It was so good, I made it again two days later for my in laws! This will def be my go to recipe. I also made hummus (using your recipe mixed with my moms lol) on the side to pair the kebab’s with and everything was great! Everything was easy to make and super flavorful πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe Heifa, we had it with baba ghanouj and garlic nan bread! The entire family enjoyed it.

  7. 5 stars
    I typically don’t like working with red meat, but this was delicious. Definitely keeping this recipe in my regular rotation. It’s easy to follow and makes a quick dinner.

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