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Lebanese Kafta (Beef or Lamb)

Kafta is a traditional Lebanese dish of grilled seasoned ground beef or lamb. Use this recipe + video to make a flavorful summer meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Kevin


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (See Note 1)
  • ½ cup chopped parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoon Lebanese 7 spice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil only if cooking in skillet
  • 1 large tomato or 2-3 Plum or Romas sliced


  • Put the ground beef in a large bowl with the chopped onion, parsley, Lebanese Spice Blend, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly using hands.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 6 to 10 patties or long fat fingers depending on the size you prefer. Feel free to use skewers if you like or grill without.
  • If grilling, clean and oil the grill. Grill on medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Make sure to keep turning the kafta to get grill marks on all sides (See Note 2). If using a skillet over medium heat, cook and brown on all sides (8-10 minutes).
  • If desired, add sliced tomato to the grill and cook along with the meat for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately with rice, salad, wrapped in a lavash (flatbread) or khubz (pita).



  1. For a smoother kafta feel free to finely grate the onion and squeeze excess liquid out before adding to the meat.
  2. If cooking in a skillet, add the oil to the pan and saute in a large skillet on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn the kafta over and cook for another 5 minutes.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg