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These easy Lamb Koftas are so quick to make and perfect for the grill or barbecue. This lamb mince recipe is the taste of summer holidays.

Lamb kofta kebabs recipe with flatbreads and Greek salad and tzatziki.

If there’s one food that makes me feel like I’m on holiday, it’s this really easy recipe for Lamb Koftas.

Add a big dollop of tzatziki and a Greek salad and I’m right there, imagining I’m sitting by the Mediterranean in the sunshine. 😎

I think we all need a bit of that right now (and always)?!

Serve this during the summer months on the barbecue, or any time of year under the grill or in a frying pan. The flavours are divine and it’s such an easy treat of a recipe.


Why you’ll love this recipe for lamb koftas

⭐️ Ideal for barbecue days

⭐️ Prepped in under 10 minutes

⭐️ The taste of a summer holiday


Lamb koftas recipe with meat mince and tzatziki.

How I came up with this recipe

I wanted to make some summery kebabs with lamb mince because it’s SO flavourful, and Greek-style food never fails to transport me to the sunshine (even if it’s actually miserable outside). 

Shop-bought kebabs for a barbecue just don’t have the same authenticity or satisfaction as homemade, so I got to work blending some simple ingredients to get that satisfying taste. 

This recipe involves some very simple dry spices mixed with lamb mince (cumin, coriander, cinnamon and garlic powder) and it’s really quick and easy to cook – less than half an hour and you’re good to go.

I urge you to make the Tzatziki yoghurt dip for this too as it works perfectly with this dish!


Lamb Koftas Ingredients

  • Lamb mince
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic powder – You can use fresh if you like but this helps to get an even distribution
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mint

For the Tzatziki:

  • Greek yoghurt – Full fat or low fat is fine
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon – Juice only

Shaping meat mince koftas onto metal skewer with hands.

How to make Lamb Koftas

  1. Mix the kofta ingredients together in a bowl using clean hands.
  2. Shape your koftas and add pierce onto skewers.
  3. Cook the koftas on each side for about 5 minutes or until browned all over and cooked through (see cooking options below).
  4. Make your yoghurt dip and prepare your other sides.

Cooking options

✅ BBQ – Fire up the barbecue and cook it over the fire (or gas 😆)

✅ Grill – Heat up a hot grill on rainy days (or broiler if you’re in the USA)

✅ Frying pan or griddle pan – On the hob


Substitutions

  • Mince: This recipe would also work well with beef mince, or even turkey mince if you’re trying to cut down your fat intake.

Leftovers

In the fridge These are delicious cold for a picnic or in a salad the following day.

In the freezer These are fine to be frozen before they’ve been cooked. Just make sure you defrost them thoroughly before eating them.

Top tips

Skewers

You can use wooden skewers (from most supermarkets). Just be sure to soak them for at least an hour before using so they don’t burn.

I sometimes like to use a set of metal skewers from Amazon like these ones: Kitchen Craft Metal Skewers. They are reusable, so money saving long term and also won’t get burned on the BBQ.

FAQs

What should I serve with Lamb Koftas?

You can choose something simple like Greek Salad or Easy Flatbreads. Or you could have a few different BBQ sides like Jacket Potatoes or Chips.

Do you have any other lamb mince recipes?

Yes! Try my really easy Lamb Keema curry or Shepherd’s Pie.

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

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5 from 38 votes

Lamb Koftas with Tzatziki

These easy Lamb Koftas are so quick to make and perfect for the grill or barbecue. This lamb mince recipe is the taste of summer holidays.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

  • 500 g Lamb mince, See notes
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder, See notes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Fresh mint

For the yoghurt dip:

  • 250 g Greek yoghurt, See notes
  • 200 g Cucumber, Chopped into tiny cubes or grated
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder, See notes
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon, juice only

To serve:

Instructions 

For the koftas

  • Mix the kofta ingredients together in a bowl using clean hands.
  • Either form into 8 balls, burger shapes, or shape on to metal or wooden skewers (see notes below).
  • When you're ready to cook, heat your barbecue, grill or griddle pan until smoking hot. Cook the koftas on each side for about 5 minutes, or until browned all over.

For the yoghurt dip:

  • Mix all of the ingredients together and refridgerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Skewers: You can use wooden skewers (from most supermarkets). Just be sure to soak them for at least an hour before using so they don’t burn. Or use these reusable Kitchen Craft Metal Skewers
Mince: This recipe would also work well with beef mince, or even turkey mince if you’re trying to cut down your fat intake.
Garlic powder: I really like using a good quality garlic powder instead of fresh garlic in this recipe, as it distributes through the meat and dip really evenly.
Greek yoghurt: Full fat or lower fat is fine. It’ll just be slightly less creamy if you use low fat.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 29gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 417mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food, Mediterranean
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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this dish as part of a BBQ spread. Everyone raved about the koftas and asked for the recipe. Deliciously easy and satisfying.