Turkey Kofta

One of the most popular dishes in the world is kofta, a type of meatball or meatloaf made with lots of spices. Usually made with onions, garlic, allspice, cardamon, and cinnamon, kofta packs a unique and flavorful punch!

Many countries throughout Asia and the Middle East have their own version of kofta, with lamb probably being the most popular type of meat that is used. If you’re like me, however, you might have someone in your family who is not a fan of lamb. Good lamb is hard to find where I live, and when I’ve made kofta with lamb it tends to be a bit tough.

For these reasons I present a kofta recipe below that uses ground turkey, which is easily found where I live and which still allows for the delicious kofta flavors to come out. In my recipe, I use bread crumbs and egg to keep the kofta juicy and nicely textured. It’s nice and crusty on the outside, however, since I grill it. I hope you make it and enjoy it as much as my family did!


  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 slice white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup shallots, peeled, rough sliced
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup parsley, washed, rough chop
  • 1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, sumac
  • 1/4 tsp each salt, black ground pepper, ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
Ingredients for the kofta


Place bread pieces into a food processor and pulse or let the machine run until the bread crumbs ground up well. Set aside.

Finely chop the onion, garlic, and parsley in the same processor. Scrape the processor bowl if necessary.

In a large bowl, mix turkey, 1 tbsp oil, bread crumbs, onion mixture, ground spices, and an egg. Mix all ingredients well.

Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions. Form each into a 3-inch long log.

Heat an indoor electric grill on medium-high. Brush the grill with 1 tbsp of oil. When hot, place the kebabs on the grill. Grill on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, then turn over and grill for another 4-6 minutes until the meat is cooked through. Brush the finished kofta with the other 1 tbsp of oil.

You can serve this as an appetizer, or you can make a sandwich with pita bread.

I am serving this with homemade hummus and store-bought pita chips!

Serves 6

Did you make this dish? I’d love to know how it turns out! Feel free to email me or use the hashtag #globaldinein on Instagram.

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