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)

jeanius's picture

Extremely easy to prepare and delicious. Took on board the doubling up of spices and glad I did. I think it could even take doubling up again. Will make again, especially during BBQ time. Served with yogurt with mint, soft bread and tomato and onion salad.

dwatson27's picture

Made this yesterday. After reading comments doubled spices and added dried chilli powder. Served in soft tortilla wraps with salad and mint yoghurt dip. Delicious!!
5 stars for ease of making and taste!

sarahkdouglas's picture

I've made these a few times now, and they're really good but they need a lot more spice - I treble the amount stated and add some chilli flakes, plus a really good dose of salt. Really nice with minted yoghurt, Greek salad and roasted sweet potato and peppers, or herb rice.

bbell01's picture

These were simply delicious, will defiantly be making them again! We served them with pittas and couscous.

Bubzfudge's picture were amazing. I served them with warm pittas, an onion salad and a mint and yoghurt dip. Will be doing these quite regular!

leahkelly67's picture

Simple and delicious, I used 750g of mince, an extra tsp each of ground cumin and coriander and whizzed up half the mince with the chopped mint and garlic, plus a bit of fresh coriander and a splash of lemon juice. This mixed with the remaining mince gives a lovely texture and I served with greek yoghurt mixed with ready made mint sauce.

MummyAbey's picture

So delicious, we'll definitely make these again. I served it with Geek salad (also from bbc good food) and a homemade yogurt and mint dip.

carogers's picture

divine!!! yummy........ but i had to add eggs coz i cooked them on the bbq!!!

lizzibeff's picture

I didn't have any ground cumin, quite annoyingly, so substituted the cumin and coriander for a tsp of raw el hangout. Shaped in to mini burgers, seared in a griddle pan and finished in the oven. Delicious served with a warm sandwich thin, salad and mint yogurt dressing.

jojokings's picture

Just made these. I loved them!!!! So easy. I added crushed garlic, chilli powder, ginger paste and garam masala. Put them in the fridge to firm up and then grilled for colour. Popped into a hot oven to cook through. Served with cous cous . So quick

saelma4's picture

Really lovely and very easy to make,went down a storm with adults and children alike...served with Greek salad,mint yoghurt dip and spiced flat breads from this site!! 5 stars!!

karen jean's picture

really good recipe done on bbq and was soo tasty!! :) made a dip with it yoghurt and the flat bread is easy to do...

hanni99uk's picture

Absolutely perfect!

gaia1977's picture

Quick & easy recipe ,great with a summer salad if you want to avoid the bread and yougourt ! Definetly one to be cooked again!

siandora's picture

Thoroughly enjoyable meal

arc01160's picture

Really easy and very nice. I added salt and an extra teaspoon of cumin and coriander. I cooked them as mini burgers and served them as canapés with mint yoghurt

bat_bren's picture

Very, very tasty. We like to grill and pile in a wholemeal pitta with salad and tzatziki

bobby_dazla's picture

Nice easy recipe, great tasting results. We did with some flat breads, salad, tzatziki and houmous.

sarah_h_sikora's picture

These lamb koftas are delicious and so easy to make! They literally took 15 mins start to end. They needed a little more cooking time than the recipes states, but perhaps i rolled mine a little wide. We had them in wraps with some homemade mint yoghurt and they stuffed two hungry adults!


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