Introduction: Kinda Like Kofta

Picture of Kinda Like Kofta

Kofta is a Middle Eastern burger, often served on a skewer like a kabob, and with sauces of varying kinds.  What I'm making here is sort of kofta-inspired, but not terribly authentic.  Easy though!


1 lb ground beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 jar pimientos
1/2 tsp allspice (more if you like)
1 tbsp parsley flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Crumble the ground beef into a bowl with your hands, and add the rest of the ingredients, which you have thoughtfully chopped, drained, and ground in advance.  Mix it all together with a spoon or your fingers and cover it with plastic wrap to set in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. 

When you're ready to prepare the meal, remove the meat mixture from the fridge, and divide it into 6-8 even sized portions.  Squish the meat onto a skewer, forming it with your hands into flattish finger-shaped rolls, as pictured.  Once you've achieved the desired shape, slide it off the skewer, onto an oiled broiler pan.  Cook under the broiler for about 4 minutes on each side until done.

These are great with rice, pasta, pita, pretty much any starch, or can be enjoyed on their own as a lowcarb entree.


LILLIAN-R (author)2012-08-09

I like the sound of this one! But what's the purpose of forming them onto skewers if you're going to slide them off before cooking?

I think we have the same taste in food by looking at some of your recipes!

artworker (author)LILLIAN-R2013-10-09

Kababs (kofta in this case) are mostly cooked on metal skewers. The heated metal ensures they are also cooked from the inside. Writing this just made me hungry for kabab.