Turkey Kofta Kebobs


These turkey kofta kebobs were introduced to me about 20 years ago by my Persian neighbor. I never actually got his recipe, but I'm pretty good at replicating flavors, and these came pretty close. He made them with beef but using turkey instead makes these a lot lighter.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 kebobs


  • vegetable oil for grill

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon chopped green chile pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Combine turkey, onion, cilantro, egg, garlic, chile pepper, coriander, paprika, chili powder, and salt in a large bowl; mix thoroughly. Divide mixture into twelve 1/4-cup portions; roll into log-shaped ovals and place on a baking sheet.

  3. Grill ovals over indirect heat, turning occasionally, until no longer pink in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

65 Calories
3g Fat
1g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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