Lamb koftas

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Per serving


Serves 8
With only 5 ingredients, these lean meatballs couldn't be any easier to make

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal141
  • fat9g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.15g
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  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • oil for brushing


  1. Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Divide into 8 balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals.

  2. Thread onto 4 metal skewers and brush with oil. To cook on a griddle: heat the pan until you can feel a good heat rising and cook for 3-4 mins each side. Don’t turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan. Season if you want, and set aside. Serve the koftas with yogurt and spiced flat breads.

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Comments (70)

psamiad1's picture

My first attempt at making lamb koftas and I was pleasantly surprised. I seasoned the lamb mince to begin with and drizzled with lemon juice when they were cooked and served in pitta bread with lettuce and tzatziki. I felt they were a bit dry and that maybe they needed some olive oil added to the mixture as well as coating once they are formed...

clairelb74's picture

Made these for a barbecue, really easy to make and everyone enjoyed them. Will be making these again!!

mentalmel's picture

So quick and easy, served with spicy cous cous, corriander and mint yoghurt, salad and pita yum!

andrew_harman's picture

Easy to make and taste pretty good too however could be dramatically improved by adding a little salt.

julieguest's picture

very very tasty reminded me of donna kebab but much better, as I didn't have skewers grilled them burger shaped & served in toasted pitta breads with salad

legood's picture

Made these for a family BBQ and they were the first things to go. Will definately be making them again!

deekay78's picture

A tasty midweek meal. I served it with new potatoes/chives, salad, pitta breads, taziki and houmous. Simple, quick and easy. Would have been 5 stars except it did repeat a little due to the large quantity of garlic, I will use one large clove next time.

hongkonglil's picture

I followed a lot of the advice, added lemon juice and crushed chillies with extra coriander and cumin, and the family loved them. Ifilled pita bread with salad, placed these inside and topped it with tzatziki......lovely!

alethea000's picture

I agree Guzzler, I would double the spice levels too and add seasoning, with a tiny bit of lemon juice i think..

electrophile888's picture

I wish people wouldn't give five stars away so easily. I've tried quite a bit of kofta in my time but I didn't really finf this to be a five star recipe. It was ok but I've tasted kofta with far punchier flavour. You need to double all the spices that you add in my opinion.

richkw's picture

Nearly forgot to rate the recipe! A resounding 5-star will do nicely.

richkw's picture

Excellent BBQ dish. I formed them into burger shapes which made for easier cooking. Add a nice hot chilli or 2 to give them a real kick.

julieharris6471's picture

Lovely. I put them on skewers with some peppers for bbq with a nice red onion salad and tzatziki

I have some mixed up and portioned in the freezer so i can have them at short notice -as don't always have fresh mint in the kitchen. Hope if won't effect the freshness of the flavours.

west1871's picture

oh ..and I used wooden skewers soaked for 20 mins in water before use.

west1871's picture

I uses 2 tbs chopped mint and added 1 red chopped chilli without seeds to give them depth and a little kick. I also added a little bit of beaten egg to bind everything together then made 8 long koftas and put onto the BBQ. They tasted much better than shop bought and great with homemade tzatziki.

pshopper's picture

Really lovely and i also added a tsp of cinnamon powder, which gave it a Lebanese taste to it. I will be adding these to my BBQ list for the summer.

savvak's picture

this is a really easy recipe that tastes great, I put lemon juice with them and halved the amount of garlic, my friends loved them too much better than the processed versions in the supermarkets!!! I served them as nibbles on a platter with pitta bread and houmas.

jayzee's picture

Gorgeous and dead simple to make! I used dried mint instead of fresh as i had none but still tasted great and really fragrant! Will definately make again! Made the flat breads too, they do lovely with that and some salad!

MaxxyysMum's picture

These were tasty and moist, but a portions were a bit small for my family of hungry teenagers - they could easily have eaten 3 or 4 each.

rachelhighsted's picture

These were so easy to make. Done in minutes. I grilled them for about 5 mins each side and served them with pitta bread and a yogurt, cucumber and mint sauce and salad. yummy! Would definitely do again. The time-spent-in-kitchen:taste ratio is fantastic.


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