Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings (serving size: 2 filled pita halves)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

lesliefo's Review

September 18, 2013
Made a little salad with tomato, cucumber, mint, and green onions.

jakemelbatsell's Review

April 30, 2013
Easy to make (great weeknight meal). Very flavorful and flavors paired perfectly well together. Kid friendly. I substituted the yogurt for plain Greek yogurt, which made a better spread. Also, I paired the sandwiches with a cucumber-tomato-mint-red onion-feta salad tossed in a simple lemon oregano vinaigrette for a healthy side item. The meal was fantastic!!!

elaineNY's Review

March 24, 2013
This is so yummy, the whole family loved it. I love the combination of spices, and I used ground turkey instead of beef and it was delicious. Very easy and inexpensive to make.

IrishAnnie's Review

August 23, 2012
LOVE this recipe. I add a few touches here and there (I use ground turkey and add crushed red pepper since we like spicy food). But overall a great recipe! Love it!

gunnercade's Review

August 04, 2012
Terrific recipe. I made it with turkey (not the 99% lean turkey) and used ancho chili because I could not find Aleppo. The spicing made it so special. I also rolled the patties (smaller than what the recipe says-I made 12) in panko before broiling them, which added some crunch. Served with pitas, cucumbers, onions, lettuce and Greek yogurt. It was a great hit.

sherrymicer717's Review

July 03, 2011
Excellent! So exciting to get an easy recipe for Middle Eastern food. Best of all I didn't even have to get anything from the grocery store, I had everything I needed in my kitchen. Great dish and very inexpensive to make.

nycook7's Review

March 06, 2011
This is SO good and my whole family, including 2 picky kids, LOVES it! I make it with lamb and freeze some for a quick grilled lunch later. Try it, you'll like it!!!!

Angel1975's Review

January 23, 2011
This recipe was amazing! Even my kids loved it. I made it as written except I added lemon to the yogurt as suggested by the reviews.. Next time I will add more of all of the spices though to make it have a little more kick.

GayleR's Review

October 14, 2010
Good. I used ground lamb and dried mint, and served with catsup instead of yogurt and tomato slices. I also halved the red pepper, fearing it would be too hot, but couldn't taste the heat at all. All in all, very easy.

UpInAlaska's Review

August 17, 2010
This was very tasty for the time put into it. Great for a week night dinner! I added a little cumin and tumeric to the yogurt to spice it up a little (also used Greek yogurt). I would definitely make this dish again.