Grilled Kofta Kebabs are fun and easy to make, perfect for BBQ parties all season long. Made with only 2 ingredients, these lamb kebabs are sure to please. Whether you call them kebabs, kabobs or shish kabobs, these delicious lamb koftas will be a hit at your next party.
Ground lamb and seasoning are all it takes to make this super simple kofta kebab recipe. Fire up the grill and get cooking!
So what do you call them? Kebabs, kabobs, or shish kabobs? How about skewers or meat on a stick? Whatever you call them, they all have one thing in common, DELICIOUSNESS!
If you have never made koftas before, you are in for a tasty treat. With a couple of simple ingredients and a (little) bit of time, before you know it, you will be a kebab master. After you make these for the first time, you will wonder why on earth you never tried these before.
How To Make Grilled Kofta Kebabs
Do know how easy kofta kebabs are to make? SO EASY! I think this has got to be one of the simplest grilling recipes ever.
- combine ground meat and seasoning
- shape into LARGE meatballs
- roll to form a “sausage”
- slide onto skewer
- flatten slightly
You have to admit, it doesn’t get easier than this, right? OK, throwing some frozen burgers on the grill is EASY too, BUT after you try this kofta recipe, frozen burgers will only be for emergencies.
You can mix any type of seasoning you like into the ground meat. I used some wonderfully aromatic Cinnamon Chili blend. Don’t be scared to experiment here. You can also add diced onion and garlic too. I used a kitchen scale to weigh the meatballs. This makes hubby happy since they are all the same size. Meaning they will cook up evenly.
I like to keep things simple and stress-free in the summer. With only 2 ingredients, these grilled kofta’s turned out fantastic.
Being Ukrainian, I have had my share of “meat on a stick” as we call it. If you really want to get technical, they actually are called patychky. These are breaded meat kebabs that are fried in oil.
Grilled Kofta Kebabs are so much less labour intensive to make. Mix, slide on a skewer and grill. Honestly, you really need to give this kebab recipe a try for yourself.
Speaking of easy lamb recipes, if you love these koftas, I know you will also love Moroccan Lamb Meat Balls. Perfect as an appetizer or stuffed into a wrap or sub.
Meats Used in Kofta Kebabs
Kebabs use GROUND meat. So:
- chicken (or turkey)
- and even pork
For this kofta recipe, I used LAMB. Do you like lamb? I will admit that the first time I tried lamb, I was NOT impressed. Unfortunately, my late mother-in-law was not a fantastic cook. Pan-fried lamb chops, smothered in mint sauce was my FIRST lamb experience, and not a good one either.
My husband and I were just recently engaged. I was trying to be polite (as I tried to secretly pass the lamb over to my soon-to-be husband). Luckily she never caught on. Still to this day my husband laughs about that meal. He is glad I didn’t judge his mothers’ cooking efforts and decide to “back out”.
Since that first attempt at eating lamb turned me off (for MANY years), I have since then grown to LOVE it. My cooking methods are much different than what he was used to. Have you ever tried lamb egg rolls? WOW, they are so good, I always have some in the freezer. You can’t buy these in the store.
These super delicious lamb kofta kebabs can be your main meat dish, served with some great tasting side dishes. We decided to eat them in a wrap. We used naan bread (that was just slightly grilled), pea shoots and coleslaw were the base. The meat was garnished with some mayo that was mixed with peach preserves. Delicious or what? They were so good, I almost think I like koftas more than burgers!
You can have lots of fun with this kofta kebab recipe. From the seasonings you use, to the garnishes you choose. Stuffed in a bun or pita, or the main event along with some great sides. There is no wrong way to devour kebabs. Mix and match flavours and ingredients for a tasty fusion take on traditional koftas.
If you are looking for a great new dish to serve at your next BBQ party, give this Grilled Kofta Kebabs recipe a try. HAPPY GRILLING!
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Grilled Kofta Kebabs made with LAMB
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon Chili Seasoning
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 1/4 cup oil (to coat)
To Make the Koftas:
- In a large bowl combine the ground lamb and seasoning.
- Mix and divide into 8 equal portions (4 ounces each). I used a kitchen scale.
- Roll each portion into a LARGE meatball.
- One at a time, take a meatball and roll into a log/sausage form (about 6 inches long).
- Thread onto a skewer, and slightly flatten. (I used metal skewers. You can use bamboo, but be sure to soak them in water first).
- Brush koftas on both sides with oil and set aside till ready to grill.
To Grill the Koftas:
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Grill koftas approximately 6 minutes per side (turning once). Internal meat temperature should be 160º F.
- Remove from grill onto a serving platter.