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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


Once 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.

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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 it is delicious with hummus, in a pita, or served with Cucumber Laban Yogurt Sauce.

Can kafta be made with turkey?

Yes. My Grilled Turkey Kafta Patties walk you through how to make a turkey version of kafta.

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Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

4.5 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 mins
COOK: 8 mins
TOTAL: 18 mins
Servings: 4


  • 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.


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 23.8gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 958mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1.6g
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.


  1. 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.

  2. My son is going to love this! And it seems so simple compared to the other recipe I usually use. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Boyfriend and I had these burger-style, and they were delicious! He especially liked how the patties had all the flavors in them ready to go — no need for condiments.

    2. 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!

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