DIY kofta burgers

DIY kofta burgers

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(48 ratings)

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 patties only

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 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

    • 2 onions, 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 breads
    • 4 tomatoes, halved and sliced



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

    • half a red cabbage, shredded
      Red cabbage on a plate

      Red cabbage

      red cab-idge

      A favourite winter vegetable served hot with roasted game birds but equally good as a colourful…

    • 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, questions and tips

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    31st Jan, 2011
    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!
    24th Nov, 2010
    good recipe, I added ginger and mint as well and didn't put in the whole bulb of garlic. Easy to make.
    5th Jun, 2010
    Made these last night for friends, really great recipe, will definately make again.
    24th May, 2010
    Tasted really good cold the next day too
    11th Apr, 2010
    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!!
    5th Dec, 2009
    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.
    22nd Oct, 2009
    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!
    3rd Oct, 2009
    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.
    3rd Jul, 2009
    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
    30th Jun, 2009
    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.


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