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Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
SERVES 12 Kebabs
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I love weaving my Armenian heritage into my recipes, and these Beef Kofta Kebabs are no exception. These warm, flavorful kababs were a favorite of mine growing up, and to this day, they remind me of home. Plus, in this recipe, we're pairing them with a delicious homemade tzatziki sauce, which makes for the perfect combination. But don't just take my word for it - make this recipe with me and you'll see just what I'm talking about!


For the Kofta Kebabs

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef 93% lean if possible, but 85% is also okay
  • 1/4 Cup Onion grated
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic grated or finely minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Neutral Oil of Choice I use avocado oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1 English Cucumber peeled and copped into small cubes
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Dill chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt


  • Add all of your kofta ingredients to a medium bowl and mix them together by-hand. You can use a spoon if you prefer, but I think mixing by-hand works better!
  • Next, form your meat into the kofta kebabs. The meat will be sticky, so wet your hands and then pick up small handfuls of meat and form a tube around the skewer, about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Repeat using all of the meat. You *should* get 12 skewers. But if you don’t that’s ok too! Since we’re working by-hand, the actual amount may vary.
  • Grab a cast iron skillet and heat it, along with your oil, one the stove over medium-high heat.
  • Gently place your kofta skewers into the pan.
  • Let them sit for about 2 minutes (don’t touch them while they’re cooking). Once the 2 minutes is up, turn them every minute or so, until they are brown on all of the sides. Once done, remove from the heat and set aside on a plate.
  • Next, make the tzatziki sauce. Chop all ingredients and add to a box, mixing well. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve your kofta kebabs over some pita bread, with your tzatziki sauce and desired garnishes (more herbs, pickled onions, tomatoes), and enjoy!

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