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Grilled Shawarma Kofta

Grilled Shawarma Kofta

Grilled Shawarma Kofta

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


8 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

20 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Grill up Middle Eastern-inspired kofta kebabs for a fun layer of flavor on your next cookout. Serve kebabs with pita, red onions, and tzatziki to make wraps, or with side dishes like couscous, tomato salad, and grilled veggies.


2 lbs. ground beef or lamb

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Canola oil, to brush

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Shawarma Seasoning

    Shawarma is a popular street food throughout the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa. Traditionally, Shawarma Seasoning is an authentic blend ...

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  • Onion & Garlic Tableside Sprinkle

    We call our blend of garlic and onion seasoning Onion & Garlic Tableside Sprinkle, because these two kitchen staples should always be by your s...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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Step 1: Form kofta

Submerge wooden skewers in water to soak. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. To a large bowl, add all ingredients except oil. Gently mix with clean or gloved hands just until mixture is homogenous. Form ½ cup of mixture at a time around each skewer into long, even logs. Set formed kofta on prepared sheet tray. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until ready to cook.

Step 2: Grill kofta

Preheat grill or grill pan for medium-high heat. Lightly brush kofta with oil to prevent sticking. Working in batches, grill kofta for 3 to 5 min. per side until browned and an internal temperature of 160 degrees is reached. Serve immediately with couscous, tzatziki, or pita.