"Kafta" Kebabs

"Kafta" Kebabs

Minced meat with onions, parsley, and spices.

These patties are popular throughout the Middle East. They can be made with lamb or beef, normally served with flat bread, yogurt, and salads.

4 servings
Preparation 20 min
Cooking 10 min

440 calories per serving 


1 red onions, finely chopped   150 g
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, fresh, finely chopped   50 g
460 g ground beef, lean, or medium-lean    
1/4 cup bread crumbs   35 g
1 tsp ground coriander   3 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
2 tsp curry powder [optional]   6 g
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped   6 g
1/2 cup yogurt, plain, 2%   130 g
4 pita breads   180 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL

Before you start

These patties can be cooked using either an outdoor grill or in a pan on the stovetop.


  1. Finely chop the onion and parsley, then put them in a bowl. Add the ground beef, bread crumbs, and ground coriander. Add salt and pepper. For a more piquant flavour, you may add the curry powder. Stir well until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator to firm up the meat mixture.
  2. The traditional kaftas are sausage-shaped : little balls are made first, then threaded onto skewers and moulded into log shapes about 10 cm long and 3 cm thick. However, it is perfectly acceptable to shape the kaftas into regular patties.
  3. Cook the « kaftas » on a lightly oiled hot grill for about 10 min, until the outside is golden brown and the inside loses its pink colour. Turn the patties once halfway through the cooking. Alternatively, heat a nonstick heavy-bottom pan. Add the « kaftas » and cook for about 10 min, turning them once.
  4. While the meat is cooking, chop the mint and mix it with the yogurt in a small bowl. Place the « kaftas » on pita bread then serve with the yogurt dip on the side.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (230g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




18 g

27 %

Saturated 6 g
+ Trans 0 g

31 %


65 mg


400 mg

17 %


38 g

13 %


3 g

11 %


5 g


31 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

30 %


15 %


35 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: serving
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C
Excellent source of :
Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin K, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Beef | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Iron | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Middle Eastern

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