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Grilled Beef and Lamb Kofta with Eggplant and Tomatoes

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Keyword: beef and lamb kofta, grilled kofta kebabs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 596kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro
Cost: $10


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Kofta and Veggies:

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • ¼ pound ground lamb
  • Bunch of fresh mint finely chopped
  • Bunch of fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons of grated onion about 1/2 of an onion, excess liquid removed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoonTurkish red pepper or any red pepper for spice
  • 2 small eggplants cut in half
  • 3-4 Whole tomatoes

Tahini sauce:

  • ½ cup tahini paste
  • ¼ cup water may not use all of it
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To Serve


  • Lightly oil the kofta and place on medium-high heat either on a gas or charcoal grill and grill the kofta until the first side is charred (about 4-5 minutes), then turn over and continue cooking the other side for another 3-4 minutes.
  • As the meat cooks, lightly oil the vegetables and place on grill until they are charred and softened.
  • When done, place koftas and grilled vegetables on pita bread so meat juices can soak into the bread. Season grilled vegetables with kosher salt.
  • To serve, drizzle tahini sauce over kofta and vegetable sand serve with pita bread and lemon wedges.

To make Tahini sauce:

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend well. The texture should resemble the thickness of honey and be loose enough to drizzle.
  • Add more or less water for desired consistency.
  • Taste for seasoning. Store extra in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 1282mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 913IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 5mg