Middle Eastern Beef Koftas Middle Eastern Beef Koftas

Image: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Lara McGraw

Adding grated onion to the beef mixture helps keep the koftas moist and tender while grilling.

  • Total time 25 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings



Preheat barbecue to medium-high heat (about 375°F); grease grill.

In large bowl, stir together beef, onion, allspice, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and 3/4 tsp of the salt until combined. Shape into eight 4-inch long ovals; thread onto 4 metal skewers. Place koftas on grill; close lid and cook, flipping once, until browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, place pitas on grill; cook, flipping once, until grill marked, about 4 minutes.

Stir together yogurt, oil, lemon juice, turmeric, sesame seeds, honey and remaining 1/4 tsp salt; spoon onto pitas. Top with serrano peppers (if using), tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and koftas.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 957 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 34 g
  • Calories 572
  • Total fat 29 g
  • Potassium 719 mg
  • Cholesterol 69 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 46 g


  • Iron 51
  • Folate 20
  • Calcium 20
  • Vitamin A 19
  • Vitamin C 53
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Middle Eastern Beef Koftas