Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

These savory kafta patties are made with ground beef, onion, fresh parsley and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler.
Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties - The Lemon BowlOnce upon a time, I made these for dinner and my 2 year old son at 75% of them before I got to the table. The End. Wasn’t that a good story?

It’s actually a true story but honestly I was just so thrilled he loved them that I could hardly care. The truth is, I was upstairs nursing Jacob to bed and every minute or so my husband called upstairs asking if it was ok if Mr. Man kept eating all of the kafta patties.

Note to Self: I need to start buying more meat to feed this growing little boy! Especially when it comes to Lebanese food which he loves as much as his mama.

Cucumber Laban - The Lemon BowlWe love serving these patties with raw onion and bulgur pilaf but it is delicious with hummus, in a pita or served with Cucumber Laban Yogurt Sauce.

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Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties
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These savory kafta patties are made with ground beef, onion, fresh parsley and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground sirloin (or lamb or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion - quartered
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Pre-heat grill or broiler to high heat.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Using wet hands, form into 12 evenly sized, small patties.
  4. Spray grill with non-stick grilling spray and grill patties for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once for medium-rare. Cook longer for well done.
  5. Serve over bulgur wheat or rice pilaf.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 patties Calories: 224 Fat: 12.2 g Saturated fat: 5 g Unsaturated fat: 7.2 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 5.7 g Sugar: 1.6 g Sodium: 958 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 23.8 g Cholesterol: 80 mg



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  1. says

    These may be going on the grill this weekend! Even though I absolutely love them, I don’t use Lebanese spices nearly enough with meat. Delicious!

  2. says

    Love that story. My brothers and I used to eat like that. My mom could hardly keep up with us especially when it came to arabic food.

    I like the way you prepared it with the bulgur pilaf and raw onions. My kind of meal.

  3. says

    I have a feeling what your son did I’m going to do…I’m going to make these and then eat them ALL before my husband gets a chance to try more than a bite! These sound soooo yummy. I love anything with a yogurt sauce, seriously, i could eat it ALL.DAY.LONG! Thanks for sharing, I’m totally inspired to make these tomorrow, just jotted down all the ingredients I need on my grocery list :)


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