Superfast Kofte

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

Kofte, Turkish meatballs often grilled on a stick, can be made from ground lamb, beef, or a combination.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 filled pita halves)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 423
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 11.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 31.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 46.7g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Iron: 4.3mg
  • Sodium: 766mg
  • Calcium: 114mg


  • 1/2 cup prechopped white onion
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 pound lean ground round
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices plum tomato (about 2 tomatoes)
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas, split
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine first 12 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until just combined. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions; shape each portion into a (2-inch) patty. Place patties on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 tomato slice and 1 patty in each pita half; top each half with 1 1/2 teaspoons yogurt.
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