Kofta (Turkish Meatballs)


Try my new Turkish meatballs recipe if you are looking for a tasty main dish meal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
24 mins
36 meatballs


  • 2 slices slightly stale whole wheat bread

  • 1 pound lean ground lamb

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried mint

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Tear up bread slices into the bowl of a food processor; process into fine crumbs. Add ground lamb and egg; process until blended. Add parsley, garlic, cumin, mint, allspice, salt, and pepper; process until evenly combined.

  2. Roll lamb mixture into small meatballs.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches, turning occasionally until browned on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.


Refrigerate meatballs for 1 hour before cooking, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
12g Fat
5g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 199mg 4%

* 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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