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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.
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.
These Kafta skewers are a classic summer dinner option.
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 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.
How to Make Kafta Kabob?
- In your food processor, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced.
- In a large bowl, add beef, spices, and the minced onions and parsley mixture – Mix by hand until incorporated.
Assemble and Cook the Kafta Kabob:
- Take a small handful of the mixture, and mold it around the wooden skewer. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
- Pre heat the grill to 350° F.
- Spray your grill with grilling/cooking spray, and place on the grill for 6-8 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
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 beef 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.