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A large shallow bowl loaded with beef koftas, cucumber slices, tabbouleh, chunks of feta, olives, cheery tomatoes, and a dish of Greek yogurt sauce.

Beef Kofta with Greek Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Shannon Emery
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


Make a Mediterranean-inspired meal that the whole family will love! This Beef Kofta with Greek yogurt sauce comes together in just 35 minutes using simple ingredients combined with savory spices. A wonderful recipe for gatherings, meal prep, or even a quick and simple weekday dinner. 



Greek Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Beef Kofta

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80% lean/20% fat)
  • 1 tablespoon Za'atar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely minced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten


Greek Yogurt Sauce

  1. Combine: Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until fully combined.
  2. Serve: Enjoy with beef kofta!

Beef Kofta

  1. Combine: Add all of the kofta ingredients to a large bowl. With a fork or with your hands mix until just combined.

  2. Form kofta: Using your hands form small oblong patties with the meat mixture. If the meat begins to stick to your hands when forming the kofta, rub a small amount of olive oil on your hands and you should be good.

  3. Cook: Heat an oiled skillet on medium-high heat. Place the patties on the preheated skillet making sure not to overcrowd them. Depending on the size of your skillet you may need to cook them in batches. (See grilling and baking instructions in the Notes.) Cook uncovered 12 to 14 minutes turning the kofta every couple of minutes allowing it to brown on each side. Allow the kofta to cook long enough on one side so that when you turn them you are able to easily do so without them falling apart. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into the thickest part of the kofta registers 160°F, 

  4. Serve: Serve the kofta with Greek yogurt sauce and EAT!


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Grilling instructions: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Shape the beef kofta mixture into long, thick sausages and insert a metal or wooden skewer through each kofta squeezing the meat onto the skewer. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water for about 1 hour beforehand. Lay the meat on the preheated, oiled grill and cook, rotating the skewers occasionally, until the internal temperature of the kofta reaches 160°F with an instant-read thermometer (approximately 8-10 minutes).

Baking instructions: Place kofta on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes, rotating halfway through. Bake until browned and the internal temperature of the kofta reaches 160°F.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: kofta, beef kofta, dinner recipe, gluten-free recipe

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