DIY kofta burgers

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 8
With these quick, easy and cheap koftas, there's no excuse for hitting the kebab van

Nutrition and extra info

  • Uncooked burgers can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal295
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.37g
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    For the burgers

    • 1kg lamb mince



      A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

    • 2 onion, coarsely grated



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves and finely chopped or grated



      Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

    • 6 tbsp garam masala
      Garam masala

      Garam masala

      gar-am mah-sarl-ah

      Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

    • bunch coriander, chopped (optional)
    • 1 tbsp chilli sauce, plus extra to serve

    To serve

    • 8 pitta bread
    • 4 tomato, halved and sliced



      A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

    • half a red cabbage, shredded
    • 1 red onion, sliced (optional)
    • small pot plain yogurt



      Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


    1. Tip the mince into a large bowl (use a clean washing-up bowl if you don’t have anything big enough) with all the other burger ingredients and a good pinch of salt. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands into the mix and squelch everything together through your fingers until completely mixed. Pat the mix into 16 small burgers. These may now be frozen for up to 1 month or chilled up to a day ahead.

    2. To cook, heat grill to its highest setting and lay the burgers in a single layer on a baking tray (you may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your tray is). Grill on the highest shelf for 5-6 mins on each side until browned and cooked through. Pile burgers onto a platter and serve with all the accompaniments, so everyone can construct their own sandwich.

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    Comments (47)

    nicola3145's picture

    Really easy and extremely tasty, went down a treat on a lovely sunny day. Would be ideal for bbq's also.

    laura9944's picture

    Great recipe! Very quick and tasty, will be making again

    julie_auld's picture

    Really tasty. I didn't change the recipe at all and just used the grater attachment on the food processor so it was simple. I have frozen some but am a bit worried about a comment above saying they didn't freeze well. Oh well, They'll look worse where they are going I suppose! :)

    verschoyle's picture

    These were ok, the burgers themselves were lovely but overall, not a very tasty meal - the accompaniments suggested don't add up to much.. If I were to do it again, I'd need to make up a tasty sauce to toss the cabbage in or something

    paulhammond1's picture

    Made them today but used minced beef by mistake, Still very good though...Heated the pitta's in the oven for ten minutes @ 200. Used Jamie Oliver's tip of wrapping the pitta's in grease proof paper that has been soaked under the cold tap then scrunched up and rung out. this worked very well with shop bought naan bread as well.

    paulhammond1's picture

    My daughter just made a batch and tested them out on me, I thought they were really nice with a depth of flavour. muck nicer than our local kebab house offerings, will make theses myself.

    hannah89's picture

    These are brilliant! I was surprise how much they tasted like doner kebab! Spread the mix flat and cut into strips to b more like kebab meat!

    maclews's picture

    good recipe, I added ginger and mint as well and didn't put in the whole bulb of garlic. Easy to make.

    101eleanor101's picture

    Made these last night for friends, really great recipe, will definately make again.

    cat117's picture

    Tasted really good cold the next day too

    vicki_snelling's picture

    Made these for myself and my husband. Added a squeeze of fresh lemon which was lovely and served with a mint and cucumber yoghurt. Will definitely make again!!

    kfurber's picture

    Considering the short list of ingredients, these burgers were very tasty indeed. I cut down on the amount of garlic, as it seems a little excessive, but found they were lacking a certain something! Still a very quick, tasty supper for a group.

    mickhowes's picture

    made these last week, really good. I changed the yoghurt to Tzatziki, this is definitely in my GF recipe folder!

    Must also try out bowley1's tip, sounds good!

    bowley1's picture

    Made these tonight and I used half the amount of Lamb and then made the quantity up with cooked Quinoa (any which way to get grains in is our motto) I also spread the Kofta mix out across a baking tray and Grilled it so it was more like Donner kebab meat - the result was fantastic, Hubby, kids (8yr and 1yr) and myself all loved them. All in all a healthier version of a Donner Kebab and WAY WAY WAY more tasty. All in all a cheap and VERY tasty meal. Will Definitely be making our own Donner Kebabs in future.

    welshbird's picture

    These were really good, used my little processor to whizz up the onions and garlic rather than grate them, also mis-read the recipe and used sweet chilli sauce rather than chilli sauce, but worked really well.
    Now have a freezer full of them ready for the BBQ

    youngcolin's picture

    Lovely stuff, although the burgers were a little dry when I made them, although I'm sure this is my own fault!

    Used Cayenne instead of Paprika and gave it a great kick, also a bit of sweet chilli sauce on top was awesome.

    vicniceccles's picture

    Yummy Yummy Yummy - a quick easy and tasty tea. Will definitely make these again.

    lajpink's picture

    delicious - a great alternative to the bog standard beefburger. Though didn't freeze well, fell apart when defrosted

    bonney-blythe's picture

    Did anyone find a BULB of garlic excessive?


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