Grilled Levantine Lamb Kofta

4 Servings

Prep Time: 40 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins


Kofta is the Arabian version of Turkish or Persian kebobs. They are likely a culinary inheritance from the ottoman empire when it ruled the Arab Levant for four centuries. This is the BBQ version and it is a great way to enjoy your backyard bounty and support local farmers. Great for spring/summer entertaining.

We enjoy using Arabian Baharat or Persian Advieh in the meat rub, with different but equally delicious results.

Grilled Levantine Lamb Kofta with Baharat

Grilled Levantine Lamb Kofta

Kofta is spiced ground meat (usually lamb) that you can grill, panfry or bake with an assortment of sauces or sides.
Print Recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine African & Levantine
Servings 4 Servings


Spice of Choice

  • 2 tsp  Arabian Baharat or
  • 2 tsp Persian Advieh
  • ¼ cup Mint finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 2 whole Green Onions finely chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 8 bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes

For Garnish

  • Mint sprigs
  • Lemon slices


  • Combine Arabian Baharat (or Persian Advieh), mint, parsley, green onion, garlic, salt and olive oil together. Add to ground lamb and mix until well combined.
    2 tsp  Arabian Baharat, 2 tsp Persian Advieh, ¼ cup Mint, 1 small bunch Italian parsley, 2 whole Green Onions, 1 clove Garlic, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 lb ground lamb
  • Divide spiced lamb into four equal parts, then divide each quarter into four again to create 16 balls.
  • Roll each ball into a log about 2.5″ long and 1″ thick. Insert soaked skewer into centre of two kofta and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ready to cook.
    8 bamboo skewers
  • Preheat BBQ to medium. Brush Kofta with oil and grill on skewers for 2 minutes on each side until desired doneness (about 8 minutes total).
  • Serve with flat bread or rice, with a side of Tomato Cucumber Raita or Tunisian Chimichurri.
    Mint sprigs, Lemon slices
Keyword Kabob
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