Kafta (Lebanese Beef Kebabs)

Absolutely delicious beef kafta kabobs are so simple to make at home. A middle eastern favorite, these grilled beef (or lamb) kebabs are hugely popular and a surprisingly healthy meal that only takes minutes to prepare.
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Lebanese Beef Kafta Kebobs

Kafta aka kofta, kefta, kebab, kebob, kefka or kabob. A favorite in Middle Eastern countries and the world over! A sausage that is oblong shaped and made with ground beef, ground lamb, or ground chicken, and seven spices.

Seasoned with Baharat – Lebanese 7 Spice seasoning and fresh parsley and onions the kafta meat is juicy, fragrant and mightily delicious!

Related Recipes: Taboule Salad / Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Why You Will Love Them

Quick and easy – the kafta meat mixture is quick to make with just a handful of ingredients.

Gluten free – this Lebanese kafta recipe is gluten free and has no fillers.

Low Carb & Ketosuitable for a diabetic diet, coeliac and low carb and keto-friendly lifestyle.

Versatile – grill, bake in the oven, pan-fry or barbecue. They are just as easy to cook as they are to make.

The Ingredients

Scroll to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients to make this easy keto shish kafta recipe.

Beef Kafta ingredients laid out on a wood chopping board.

Ground Beef Minced Meat – use a good quality beef mince. I use an 80/20 beef-to-fat ratio. If you are using lean ground beef the texture will be drier and grainier. The extra fat provides flavor and helps the sausage patties to hold together as they have no binders or fillers.

Onion – use brown or white onions. Make sure they are finely minced using a food processor or grated. This adds a subtle flavor to the kafta kabobs.

Parsley – Italian parsley (also known as continental parsley) is the best parsley to use.

Kafta SpicesLebanese 7 Spice is what is used in an authentic Lebanese kofta recipe. I have added a link to our Arabic 7 Spice seasoning (Baharat) and also a quick seasoning that you can make just for this recipe. The middle eastern spices include, ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves.

How To Make Kafta

Onion and parsley in a Thermomix bowl.

Step 1. MIX – Place onion and parsley into a food processor; pulse until finely chopped.

Beef mince seasoned with onion and parsley in a glass bowl.

Step 2. MIX – Add remaining ingredients; pulse until combined or mix together in a large bowl.

7 Kafta kebabs shaped into oblong-shapes.

Step 3. SHAPE – Shape and squish the meat mixture into 6 equal oblong shape sausages roughly 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick. Thread onto metal skewers or if using wooden skewers. Season the outside of the kebabs well with salt flakes (this helps to form a crisp crust).

3 sausages in a frying pan.

Step 4. GRILL – Heat grill, barbecue or griddle pan over very high heat. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side or until charred to your liking. Serve with garlic sauce for kebabs, taboule, guacamole, or your favorite choice of salad.

What To Serve With Kafta Kebabs

Beef kafta served with taboule

Recipe FAQS

Can you bake kafta?

Yes, absolutely! Place onto a parchment-lined tray and bake at 180°C fan/400°F for 15 minutes turning halfway through cooking time. Cook until browned and cooked through.

What do you serve with Kafta?

I serve with Cauliflower Rice, Keto Tortillas, Kebab Shop Garlic Sauce, and Taboule. Oh, and maybe some fresh chili and fresh lemon juice!

Can I make Kafta with meat other than beef?

You can make the kafta with any ground meat you like. A comb nation of meats like pork and beef can work too.

More Recipes To Try

A few more keto beef recipes to enjoy for healthy main dishes to enjoy whatever day of the week.

Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

Savoury Mince

Homemade Healthy Beef Stew

A close up of 3 kefta with kebab garlic sauce on them.

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A close up of kofta kebobs on a white narrow platter.

Kafta (Lebanese Beef Kebabs)

I think a lot of us love a good Lebanese kebab, right? Whip up a batch of the epic beef kafta kebabs with just 4 ingredients in a matter of minutes. Grill them, pan fry or barbecue. Whichever way you cook them this is an easy meal without all the fuss.
5 from 42 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Lebanese
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 3 serves (2 kofta per serve)
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 0.5 onion
  • 0.5 cup fresh parsley
  • 500 g beef mince see notes
  • 2 teaspoons Lebanese 7 Spice or use the seasoning below
  • Salt flakes black pepper, and chili flakes (if you like it spicy)

OPTIONAL QUICK LEBANESE SPICE

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • MIX – Place onion and parsley into a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients; pulse until combined.
    0.5 onion, 0.5 cup fresh parsley, 500 g beef mince, 2 teaspoons Lebanese 7 Spice
  • SHAPE – Shape and squish into 6 equal sausages roughly 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick. Thread onto a metal skewer if using. Season the outside of kebabs well with salt flakes (this helps to form a crisp crust).
  • GRILL – Heat grill, barbecue or griddle pan over very high heat. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side or until charred to liking. Serve with kebab garlic sauce, taboule or your favorite choice of salad.

THERMAL METHOD

  • CHOP – Place onion and parsley into mixer; chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl.
    0.5 onion, 0.5 cup fresh parsley
  • MIX – Add remaining ingredients and season well. Mix 10 sec/speed 3. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat 10 sec/speed 3.
    500 g beef mince, 2 teaspoons Lebanese 7 Spice
  • GRILL – Heat grill, barbecue or griddle pan over very high heat. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side or until charred to liking. Serve with kebab garlic sauce, taboule or your favorite choice of salad.

Notes

INGREDIENTS FOR BEEF KAFTA RECIPE
I use 80/20 meat-to-fat beef mince (the higher fat will add flavour). You can use any mince or make your own.
I use metal or pre-soaked wooden kebab skewers. I actually prefer to cook first the kafta first then insert a skewer for easy eating. This way the skewers don’t get hot or messy and if cooking in a pan the kafta fit better.
Swap Za’atar Spices in place of Seven Spices for another tasty well seasoned option.
MIXING BEEF KAFTA
When mixing the mince in a food processor, choose a pulse function to avoid “over-blending” the meat. You can mix well in a large mixing bowl if you do not have a food processor. This mixture also makes terrific burgers. Just shape them into large patties and grill or barbecue.
Shape with a premade kebab mold (optional)
BEEF KOFTA THERMOMIX 
This recipe is so easy to whip up koftas with a Thermomix. 
STORAGE AND FREEZING
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Beef kafta sausages can be frozen raw or cooked.
This recipe yields approximately 6 servings. The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. 
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 6. The result will be the weight of one serving. 
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. 
 If you have any queries, or questions or are unsure of substitutions, please scroll up to the blog post for more information.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serve (2 kafta) | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 5mg | Magnesium: 46mg | Net Carbs: 2g
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