Photo: Christopher Testani Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross Walker
Hands-on Time
19 Mins
Total Time
28 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 3 meatballs)

Kufta is the Hebrew word for meatball, similar to Lebanese kofta or Greek kefta. Ground sumac has a reddish-purple color and lemony flavor, a great addition to spice rubs and vinaigrettes. If you can't find it, substitute 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.


How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Add lamb and sirloin, stirring gently to combine. Shape lamb mixture into 18 meatballs. Thread 3 meatballs onto each of 6 (10-inch) skewers. Cup your hand around each meatball, gently shaping each into an oval around skewers.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange skewers on pan. Grill 8 to 9 minutes or until done, turning occasionally.

Ratings & Reviews

It wouldn't let me give one star

July 05, 2016
Have sumac and like using it. Flavor is good but the meatballs totally fell apart. First when I was trying to skewer and then on the grill. What a total mess. I know somehow people are suscessful at putting ground meat on a skewer but for me it is always a hot mess. There is no binding agent. Maybe if you chop the onions up more? I won't make this mess again. Might do burgers though?


May 12, 2016
I was unable to find sumac so I used the lemon zest suggestion. These were delicious! 

Easy and tasty

April 04, 2016
My husband is a big kefta fan. I am not all that crazy about lamb but this was really flavorful. The combination of lamb and ground beef worked well. We will definitely make this again.