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Kafta (BBQ) Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Kafta (BBQ)

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"The yummiest preparation mixture for ground beef EVER! I have made this Lebanese Meat for all of my friends and family and have HAD to leave the recipe with everyone! Meat mixture can be used for everything... meatballs, meatloaf, BBQ skewers, BBQ'd hamburgers. FOR BEST, AUTHENTIC LEBANESE TASTE, DO NOT OMIT OR SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS (until you have made it this way ;P )"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, parsley, cayenne, allspice, salt and pepper until evenly blended. Divide into 6 portions, and press around one end of the skewers to form a log shape approximately 1 inch thick and 6 inches long.
  3. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until meat is no longer pink.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2005

This is my "secret recipe" for perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy hamburgers. Everyone that tries them asks what's in them, but I never tell! They taste just as good made on the stove top with a grill pan, and they're ready in a snap. Awesome recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2013

I made this for me and my son, since my fiance is allergic to cinnamon, and I think I could have still gave it to him and he wouldn't have even known that there was cinnamon in it! After having this dish at a Mediterranean restaurant, I was dying to try it at home and I was very dissappointed in this recipe. I was expecting a very flavorful meat with a nice fresh taste from all the fresh parsley but it just tasted like plain ground beef with a hint of allspice and a little kick from the cayenne. I felt like it was missing something, or a lot of things. It wasn't horrible, just not what I was hoping for and I will definately not use this recipe again.

Jan 09, 2008

This was soooo good!! Tastes just like the way my mom makes it. I doubled the allspice because I didnt think what the recipe called for was enough. I chopped the parsley and onion in the food processor and shaped Kafta into small patties. Cooked them on my george foreman grill. Next time I will add some chopped garlic to the mixture, but this was very very good!! Thanks :)

Apr 27, 2004

Very flavorful and gourmet tasting with very little work. Ground whole allspice in the food processor then added onion and parsley, then burger. Second time, added a tiny bit extra finely chopped red bell peppers, celery, onions, and garlic to the meat with the parsley and made it into patties with vegetable kabobs on the side. Must chill for a little bit for it to hold. Wow!

Feb 11, 2005

very delicious and so easy to make instead of bbq'ing i made them into patties and used my grill pan

Dec 21, 2004

excellent recipe, even the kids liked it. We used ground beef and ground lamb (1/2 & 1/2) or just ground beef. great with pilaf. We made into patties, easier than skewers. yum!!!

Mar 10, 2009

Delicious! I have been making this recipe almost exactly for yrs. I used to work for a Lebanese family and was introduced to this at a BBQ they were having. The only difference is that they added a little bit of fresh mint, they taste great with or without though. The traditional way to eat these, I was told.. is to hold it in the middle of a pita bread and slide the skewer out while gripping.. top it with cucumber, tomato, onion, sour cream/yogurt/tzitzki sauce etc. As stated by other reviewers this recipe also makes excellent burgers and meatballs!! I've also made these with my favourite hamburger recipe and served on hotdog buns with bacon, cheese and other more traditional burger toppings, gr8 for kids!

Jul 09, 2012

Very good


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  • Calories
  • 227 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 74 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 22 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 459 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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