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Lamb Kofta is served on a white plate with Tzatziki sauce.
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Lamb Kofta Recipe

Look no further for authentic Mediterranean flavors than this simple and healthy Lamb Kofta recipe. It is easy to mix ground lamb with fresh cilantro, onion, Greek seasoning, and breadcrumbs for a quick meal.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 koftas
Calories 232 kcal


Lamb Koftas:

  • 1-1 ¼ lbs. ground lamb 80/20 or 85/15
  • ½ cup onion sweet or white, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs plain, gluten-free
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed

Greek Seasoning Blend:

  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. oregano dried
  • 1 tsp. parsley dried
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

To Serve:


  1. Whisk together the Greek seasoning blend in a small bowl.
  2. Add ground lamb to a large bowl along with the onion, breadcrumbs, cilantro, crushed garlic, and Greek seasonings. Mix by hand until well combined.
  3. Divide the meat into 8 equal portions and shape each one into a 4-5 inch long by 1-inch wide cylinder. (If grilling, you will want to do this on wooden skewers.)
  4. Air Fryer: Place the koftas evenly spaced in a single layer in the bottom of a 6-quart Air Fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

    Stovetop: Drizzle a few teaspoons of oil into a large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Add 4 koftas and cook for 7-8 minutes in total, turning them over so they brown on all sides. Repeat with remaining koftas.

    Grill: Place the lamb mixture onto wooden skewers. Cook koftas over medium high heat for 7-8 minutes, turning them as you cook so they brown evenly.

  5. You’ll know the koftas are done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  6. Serve lamb koftas on a wooden skewer, if they aren’t already, with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a side of tzatziki sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can form and shape these kabobs up to 24 hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  • To Store: Keep leftover cooked lamb koftas in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • To Freeze: Place in an airtight freezer-safe container and store for up to 3-4 months. Do not freeze the yogurt based dip.
  • To Reheat: Warm them in a skillet, the microwave, or an air fryer at 350° until heated throughout.

Nutrition Facts
Lamb Kofta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 433mg19%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 827IU17%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.