Kafta Kabob

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Kafta is an easy and quick dinner that can be baked in the oven, cooked in a skillet on the stove top or threaded on skewers, as in this Kafta Kabob recipe. This recipe will also include tips for baking kafta in the oven and on the stove top. 

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There is nothing more satisfying than a delicious meal that’s also super easy to prepare and everyone will enjoy it. If you have kids, you will know exactly what I mean. One kid likes this, and the other likes that and the battle doesn’t end. That’s why I love making these kafta kabobs, they make everyone happy with little effort. 

What is Kafta Kabob?

Kafta, Kefta or Kofta is a popular Middle Eastern dish, made with a very simple mix of ground meat, — usually beef, lamb, or a combination of both — Middle Eastern spices, finely chopped onions and parsley. If you don’t own a food processor, now is a good time to use it. 

What you Need to Make Kafta Kabob Recipe

All you really need is a few basic ingredients for these kofta kabobs:

Ground beef: 10- 15% fat for this recipe.

Onion: One large onion, finely processed. 

parsley: 1 bunch, also finely processed. 

Spices: a mix of ground black pepper, all spice and cinnamon. 

Salt: to taste. 

A food processor. Unless you are really skilled at chopping vegetables thinly. 

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How to Make Beef Kafta?

  • In your food processor, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced.
How to make kafta?
  • In a large bowl, add beef, spices, and the minced onions and parsley mixture – Mix by hand until incorporated.
Lebanese beef kofta mixture

That’s it! Cook it the way you prefer. Grilled, on stove top or baked in the ovenSince grilling season officially started, I’m going with grilled kafata kabobs today.

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Frequently Asked Question

Can you make beef kafta ahead of time?

After cooking place any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4-5 days. They can be reheated in the microwave, on stove top or an air fryer. They also freeze well and will last for up to 3 months. You can also freeze raw kafta, like you freeze burger patties or meat balls, in a freezer container for up to 3 months. 

Can you use other meats instead of beef?

I always make my kafta with ground beef, but you can also use ground lamb or ground turkey and chicken if you’d like. Some people mix both ground beef and ground lamb together as well. 

How do you Bake Kafta Kabob in oven?

Turn the kafta mixture into balls or mini patties, arrange in a greased baking dish with little bit of butter, cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF  for 15 to 20 minutes until they are cooked through. 

How do you Cook Kafta on Stove Top?

Arrange kafta balls or mini patties on a greased skillet with a little bit of butter (you can overcrowd the skillet, as kafta balls will shrink during/after cooking), cook on medium high heat for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

What do you serve with Beef Kofta- Kefta?

Serve Kafata with pita bread and Homemade Hummus RecipeAvocado HummusBaba Ganoush- Eggplant DipHomemade Yogurt, over rice or with a side salad

More Lebanese Recipes:

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Tawook

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini- Kousa

How to Make Beef Kafta Kabob?

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Kafta Kabob

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Lebanese kafta kabob made with ground beef, onions, parsley, and spices. A low carb, healthy and easy to make meal!


  • 1 lb of ground beef (10-15% fat)
  • 1 large onions- halved
  • 1 parsley bunch- stems removed (about 1.5-2 cups parsley leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon ground all Spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


    1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    2. In your food processor, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced.
    3. In a large bowl, add beef, spices, and the minced onions and parsley mixture – Mix by hand until incorporated.
    4. Take a small handful of the mixture, and mold it around the wooden skewer. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
    5. Pre heat the grill to 350° F.
    6. Spray your grill with grilling/cooking spray, and place on the grill for 6-8 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
    7. Serve immediately with Hummus as a side, and you will have a delicious, low-carb meal !
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1233mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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  1. Been looking for a kafta kabob recipe, and I found the one. Love these kafta spice blend. My husband made it with lamb once, but I like you kafta recipe more.

  2. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

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