"Kafta" Kebabs

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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.

Preparation : 20 min Cooking : 10 min
440 calories/serving
  • Easy
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly


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] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 tsp curry powder [optional] 6 g
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, 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 cilantro leaves then mix them 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

per 1 serving (230g)


% Daily Value




18 g

27 %

Saturated 6.2 g
+ Trans 0 g

31 %


60 mg


420 mg

17 %


38 g

13 %


3 g

11 %


5 g

Net Carbs

35 g


31 g

Vitamin A

18 %

Vitamin C

32 %


14 %


36 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 1 serving
Grain Products : 1 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¼ servings


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


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2
Vegetables ½
Milk and Alternatives 0
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 3

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This recipe is in the following categories

Beef | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Halal | Diabetes-friendly | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Middle Eastern