Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

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These savory beef kafta patties are made with ground sirloin, onion, fresh parsley, and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler.

Grilled Lebanese beef kafta patties over rice pilaf.

If you aren’t familiar with beef kafta (called kofta in some Middle Eastern countries), it’s basically the Lebanese meatball. And in my household, they disappear when I make them as my boys practically inhale them. Made with traditional Lebanese spices, my Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties are a great way to enter the world of Middle Eastern food and explore the warm and delicious flavors.


  • Ground beef: I use ground sirloin, but you could use ground chuck or even lamb or turkey!
  • Onion: White onion is pretty mild, but still adds great flavor and moisture to the patties.
  • Parsley: Bright, somewhat peppery, and classic to the kafta dish.
  • Lebanese spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are all warm, woodsy spices that are slightly sweet. They’re a great source of antioxidants and cinnamon specifically has been linked to lower blood sugar.

How to Make Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

Adding beef to food processor

Start your Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties by putting your ground beef in a large food processor.

Onion and parsley added to food processor

Next add your fresh parsley and onion, cut into wedges.

Adding cinnamon to beef

Then add the cinnamon and allspice.

Adding nutmeg to beef

Followed by the nutmeg and some salt and pepper to taste.

Blended Lebanese beef

Pulse blend until combined and the onion and parsely are broken up throughout the meat.

Forming beef patties by hand

Next, use wet or oiled hands to form 12 evenly sized patties.

Grilling beef kafta patties

Take them out to the grill and cook them on high heat for 2-3 mintues per side.

Garnishing grilled lebanese beef kafta patties

Garnish with additional parsley, and enjoy your Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties!

Frequently asked questions:

What do you serve with beef kafta?

We love serving these patties with raw onion and bulgur or Lebanese rice pilaf, but many serve it with hummus in a pita, or served with Cucumber Laban Yogurt Sauce.

How do you shape a kafta?

I mimic the shape of a burger patty usually, but you can also make them long, oval shaped and skewer them on a kebab.

Can I freeze cooked kafta?

If you want to make them ahead and freeze them, I’d recommend freezing the formed patty before cooking. Then grill or broil the frozen patty when ready to eat it.

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Liz eating grilled Lebanese beef kafta patties.

For a taste of classic Lebanese flavor, you can’t go wrong with my Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties. Serve it over rice pilaf like I did, or wrapped in a pita with some hummus. Let me know how you chose to serve it in a comment!

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Grilled lebanese beef kafta patties

Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

4.45 stars average
These savory kafta patties are made with ground beef, onion, fresh parsley and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 18 minutes


  • 1 pound ground sirloin (or lamb or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion (quartered)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Pre-heat grill or broiler to high heat.
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Using wet hands, form into 12 evenly sized, small patties.
  • 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.
  • Serve over bulgur wheat or rice pilaf.

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Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 23.8gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 958mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1.6g
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15 responses to “Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties”

  1. ryvir Avatar

    I made these into 16 meatballs and this might be weird but with the parsley, they were the prettiest meatballs I think I’ve ever made. I also rarely use allspice so the combination of nutmeg, onion, and allspice was so nice. Thank you for a lovely recipe! I need to cook more Lebanese food it seems.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my goodness I’m so glad you enjoyed!