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Delicious Beef Kafta (Lebanese Grilled Beef Kebabs)

So easy to put together this Beef Kafta  (Lebanese Grilled Beef Kebabs) always comes out so tasty and moist straight from the grill! This is my family’s favorite ground beef skewers to make for summer! Perfect for any day when you fancy a delicious ground meat kebab!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword grilled beef kafta, grilled beef kofta, ground beef kebabs, ground beef kofta easy recipe, ground meat kebabs, kofta or kafta, lebanese grilled beef kebabs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 12 skewers
Author Manila Spoon


  • 1 lb fresh ground beef, (use ground turkey for a low fat alternative)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder, (mild or spicy)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste (about 1 teaspoon for salt and 1/2 for ground pepper)
  • A little oil for brushing grill


  1. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them first in water for about 30 minutes to prevent burning while grilling. I used the metallic ones.
  2. Place the ground meat, onion, herbs, spices and seasoning in a large bowl and gently combine.  Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until everything is mixed and cohesive. You may have to do this in batches if you have a small processor.
  3. Preheat a ridged grilled pan (or whichever grill you want to use) over medium to high heat. Brush the grills with a little oil.
  4. Divide the mixture into 10-12 portions. Using wet hands, shape each meat mixture into sausage links around the skewer. The meat may shrink while grilling so adjust the length accordingly.

  5. Place the skewers on the grill, turning occasionally, for about 10-12 minutes or until nicely browned on all sides and fully cooked through. Serve with rice and some salad greens and cucumber yogurt sauce.

Recipe Notes



If using beef, get the one with a little fat so the meat retains its tenderness and moistness while grilling. It won’t dry up if it has some fat.

Use ground turkey or chicken for a low-fat alternative.