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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.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 8 koftas
Author: London


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:


  • Whisk together the Greek seasoning blend in a small bowl.
  • Add ground lamb to a large bowl along with the onion, breadcrumbs, cilantro, crushed garlic, and Greek seasonings. Mix by hand until well combined.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • You’ll know the koftas are done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • 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!



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.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg