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At first blush, a Greek lamb kofta recipe sounds like it could be something difficult to make. But guess what? IT’S NOT hard at all! You won’t believe how easy my ground lamb kebab recipe is – and just 6 easy ingredients, too! Most of them are pantry staples.
Honestly, want to know the hardest part? Ok, I’ll tell you. Trying to decide what to serve with your ground lamb kebabs… there are so many options that work well with this dish. Keep reading below for my favorite ideas and sides and spreads, but the possibilities are endless with this meal. Just promise me you’ll try your hand at a lamb kofta kebab. You’re going to love them!
I love classic Mediterranean dishes, and this recipe for ground lamb kebabs definitely sticks with that theme. Similar to grilled lamb chops, the seasonings are minimal, but highlight the natural flavor in lamb. The meat is rich and juicy. (If you love fancier lamb dishes, though, these braised lamb shanks will hit the spot!)
And food-on-a-stick? It’s just fun! Let me know when you’ve tried out this grilled ground lamb kebabs recipe, I love to hear what you guys think!
How To Make Grilled Ground Lamb Kofta
Ok, are you ready for these 4 easy steps? I hope so! Here’s how to make this ground lamb kebab recipe:
- Soak your skewers in water. This is an important step, as you don’t want them to catch on fire! 20-30 minutes is long enough.
- Mix the aromatics, herbs and seasonings first – onion, garlic, parsley, dill, and seasonings. Mixing everything else first ensures that you don’t over-mix the meat.
- Add your ground lamb meat. Be careful to not over-mix! Doing so will make your lamb kofta tough.
- Shape your ground lamb kebabs. Divide the meat up and mold each section around a bamboo skewer. You should be able to fit about 2 sections of meat per skewer.
- Grill your lamb kofta kebabs. These cook really quickly because they are so small in size, so watch the grill closely! They are done when they are browned with grill marks and cooked through inside.
What Is Kofta?
Kofta is similar to a meatball or meatloaf, in that it’s a mixture of ground (sometimes called minced) meat formed into a ball.
There are many different versions of kofta, that vary slightly depending on origination and ingredients. They are typically made with beef, chicken, lamb, or pork and a variety of spices. My kofta recipe features ground lamb and traditional Greek seasonings.
How Many Calories In A Lamb Kofta Kebab?
These ground lamb kebabs have 324 calories per skewer (2 pieces).
Lamb kofta recipe nutrition:
- 324 calories
- 18 grams of protein
- 26 grams of fat
- 0 grams carbs
Can You Make This Ground Lamb Kebab Recipe Ahead?
Yes, you can make this ground lamb kebab recipe ahead. Mix it all together, and form meat onto the bamboo skewers and place the skewers on a platter. Wrap platter tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
Then take them out and grill according to the directions.
Can You Freeze Ground Lamb Kebabs?
You can freeze this lamb kofta recipe! After they are done cooking, let them cool and then wrap in plastic wrap and store kebabs in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to 4 months in the freezer.
Reheat in the oven for best results, just until hot so they don’t dry out too much.
What To Serve With Lamb Koftas
The best lamb kofta recipe calls for some killer sides, don’t you think? There are plenty of low carb side dish recipes on my site, but here are a few options that would pair perfectly with your ground lamb kebabs.
- Keto Naan Bread – This pita-like bread is the perfect wrapper for your Greek lamb kofta.
- Grilled Eggplant – The perfect Mediterranean pairing.
- Creamy Cucumber Salad – Either on the side or as a sandwich topper, this cucumber salad is a light and refreshing balance for rich ground lamb recipes.
- Mediterranean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette – Another great salad, this one pops with the sun-dried tomato dressing!
- Roasted Cauliflower Hummus – Use as a sandwich topper or a spread.
- Greek Tzatziki Sauce – Cool and creamy, and perfect with minced lamb skewers.
Tools To Make Grilled Ground Lamb Kofta Kebab
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Bamboo Skewers for Grilling – These are mandatory for this recipe, so make sure you have a stash at home, or order here so you can make a batch of lamb kofta kebab asap!
- 10-piece Glass Bowl Set – Mixing, prepping ingredients, etc. These bowls do it all.
Grilled Ground Lamb Kofta Kebab Recipe
Kofta Kebab Recipe (Grilled Ground Lamb)
Don't be intimidated, this EASY lamb kofta kebab recipe is just 6 ingredients and only takes just 15 minutes to cook.
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Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Pat dry.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together all ingredients except the lamb. Add the lamb and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
Divide the meat into 16 sections. Mold each section of meat around a bamboo skewer, making it a few inches long and about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. You'll fit 2 sections of meat per skewer, about 1-2 inches apart.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates lightly. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 3-5 more minutes, to desired level of doneness. Time on the second side will be about 2 minutes for medium rare, 3 minutes for medium, 4 minutes for medium-well and 5 minutes for well done.
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Serving size: 2 lamb kofta pieces (1 skewer)
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These are so flavorful it surprises people that there are so few ingredients. Maya does it again.
O!M!G!!!! OUTSTANDING!!! My husband said this was the best find I have found in a long time. I did not have skewers so I made 2oz patties (yep I measured it). They were cooked on the grill for about 8 minutes for a perfect medium rare to medium. The only thing I did not like doing was grating the onion but totally understand why it needed to be done. I did put the patties together about 2 hours before they were cooked. I served this with your Tzatziki sauce recipe (you were right super easy), store-bought naan bread, and tomato, cucumber feta salad. I can’t wait to see how they reheat.
I tried this recipe, substituting rosemary and thyme for the dill which I ran out of. I had trouble getting them to keep shape, so I added beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and pan-grilled them on non-stick pans instead of using a griddle. Where do you think I went wrong? Any tips please?
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Hi Anne, Did you add more rosemary and thyme than what is called for, that would be them not sticking together as well. I also recommend refrigerating for 30 minutes before cooking to get there more firm.
Love the recipes but absolutely hate having to scroll all the way down to find them.
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Hi Elisa, There is a “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of the page that will take you right to the recipe.
I don’t have a grill, can’t it be done in an airfryer or oven?
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Hi Judit, I have not personally tested this, but either method should work. If you decide to try it, please share your results!
It works in an oven. I’ve done it before but you don’t get a good char. I’d at least suggest hitting it with a butane torch if you go that route. I’m going to try air fryer tonight. Just too lazy to fire up the grill in this weather.
Made these last night and they were delicious and so easy!
Great recipe!! I didn’t have skewers so I just formed the meat and grilled them. Definitely recommend the naan and tzatziki sauce with these! For the naan, I can’t have mozzarella so I subbed Monterey Jack cheese instead. Still worked/tasted great!
Made your recipe, they tasted wonderful. The amount of spice was perfect! I cooked them on my gas grill on a grill mat. My wife and daughter loved them too. Very easy to prepare, and too quickly gone! Next time I make this and I will, I will not use the skewers. Had a bit of trouble with them rotating on the sticks when I tried to turn them over.
I made this last night for a quick dinner since my mom requested a similar she got from feastbox. I used chicken tenders. It is sooooo good everyone loved it!
I hadn’t made kofta in forever, this was great — thanks for the reminder that I love it!
Probably one of my favorite things to eat at a Greek restaurant, and I never knew how easy it was!! I’ll be making this over and over again.
Meat on a stick truly is so much better for some reason! Love all of the spices in this dish, great for when I host summer parties!
I’m a huge fan of Greek food and I love that these come together in no time at all. Lamb is one of those ingredients that is often underused but it’s so good (especially in Australia). I didn’t have skewers so I just made them in oval shapes as sausages and grilled them.
So simple, easy and Whole30 – I love these!
I’ve never tried kofta before! Looks so delicious!
Such special and yummy comfort food!! (We LOVE lamb.) Love that it was so quick too. Thank you!
I live in a condo with no access to a grill. Can these be cooked in an air fryer?
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Hi Cissy, I haven’t tried that but you probably could, however they probably wouldn’t brown as much. I’ve also done it on an indoor grill before.
Hi! Printing was fine on this recipe! However, the Pin link at the top did not work correctly; I got an error message about a bad image URL.
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Hi Rosalie! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The button seems to be working now.
This was a huge hit tonight with the family. Served it with marinated grilled veggies (zucchini, peppers, onions in lemon, mint, oregano, olive oil) and grilled haloumi cheese. Some quick tzatziki sauce. I got “best meal ever” from everyone including teenage boys. The kafta are flavorful and easy to do even on a weeknight. I had reusable metal skewers and this worked just fine. Cooking time seems as described. This is definitely being added to the recipe book!
Hey, very nice blog. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
My husband loves kofta kebabs! We even bought stainless steel skewers to try to make them at home but I think we made them too large. I loved seeing your photos to use as a guide. We’ll have to try again 🙂
We adore lamb at our house, but I tend to make the same dishes over and over. These kofta kebabs were new to us, but we all loved them! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Maya!!
These lamb kofta kebabs are so flavorful! So perfect for the summer grilling season!
These sound amazing! If not cooking them on the grill, what are your suggestions?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Thank you, Lynda! You could use an indoor grill, broil them, or pan fry like burgers.
If broiling… would you do it for the same amount of time as on a grill?
Hi Lalo, I’d try broiling for 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
One of my favourite meals. Saving for dinner tomorrow.
Looking forward to firing up the grill for this dish! This looks amazing!
This lamb kofta was marvelous and is so flavorful.
I love lamb and I love koftas. They are like mini meatloaves. Even though my daughter is grown so I will never know for sure but I bet kids would really love these, especially served on a skewer, although probably with catsup.
I love lamb!! Thank you for the step by step photos too!!