Ground Lamb on Skewers Recipe

A set of finely cooked ground lamb on skewers
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Ratings (16)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
480 Calories
37g Fat
8g Carbs
29g Protein
(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 lamb (or beef)
  • 1 green chili (finely chopped)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon 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

Drain lamb on a paper towel for 15 minutes.

Preheat grill.

Mix all ingredients together.

Mold mixture around long skewers. 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.

Place on grill and brush with oil and cook until done. The safe temperature for ground lamb is 165 F (75 C).

Remove from kofta skewers.

Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

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