Ground Lamb on Skewers

Ground lamb on skewers

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
480 Calories
37g Fat
8g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 480
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 29g
Calcium 60mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a very old and traditional Middle Eastern recipe also known as kofta. The trick is getting the meat to hold onto the skewers. Be gentle with them. The meat will harden and hold fast on the skewer over time. You can serve these lamb kebabs by themselves of with a grilled pita and yogurt sauce.


  • 1 pound ground lamb (or ground beef)
  • 1 green chili (finely chopped)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon fresh coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. Drain lamb on a paper towel for 15 minutes.

    Lamb on paper towel
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  3. Preheat grill.

    Preheat grill
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  4. Mix all ingredients together.

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  5. Mold mixture around long skewers.

    Mold mixture on skewers
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  6. Or, form the mixture into long thin sausages and thread onto skewers. The latter option is a bit more difficult for most people, but you select the option that best works for you. Note: only the ends of the skewers should be visible.

    Thread on skewer
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  7. Place on grill and brush with oil and cook until done. The safe temperature for ground lamb is 165 F or 75 C.

    Place on grill
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  8. Remove kofta from the skewers and serve.

    Remove kofta from the skewers
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  9. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

  • This dish is traditionally served with rice and onion slices.

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