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Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe

This Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe is the perfect Mediterranean meal that you can eat on its own, in a pita sandwich, hummus or rice bowls. Ground turkey is mixed with fresh herbs, warm spices, garlic, onion and breadcrumbs to create a delicious kebab. This is the perfect summer grilling recipe! 

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe on a white platter.

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TURKEY KOFTA KEBAB RECIPE 

We love kebabs in my house!

My kids love all of kebabs from these Chicken Kofta Kebabs, to these Grilled Beef Kafta Kebabs, Lamb Kofta and these Mediterranean Beef Kabobs. There are a lot of options in middle eastern cuisine.

Today I am excited to share this Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe in partnership with Ohio Poultry Association. You will often see traditional kofta in turkish cuisine and Lebanese cuisine.

Today’s Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe is one I make often for my family and one of the best turkish kebab recipes.

It is easy to make, packed with protein to keep you feeling full and a great meal to pair with your favorite sides. 

The warm spices mixed with the ground turkey are perfect together. 

I especially like pairing it with a Fattoush Salad,Lebanese Salad or this Tabbouleh.

I also will serve this kofta on pita bread or pita pockets with greek yogurt, dill yogurt sauce, hummus or a tahini sauce.

You could also add them to a rice or quinoa bowl along with your favorite mediterranean ingredients like red onion, chopped tomato and chopped cucumbers.

Fattoush Salad with silverware

Ground turkey is something I use in my family meals on a weekly basis.

I love using it in Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta, Turkey Sausage and Egg Puff Pastry Pizza, Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps or these Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs. 

Turkey is a nutrient-rich protein that is lower in fat and calories than many other protein sources which makes it a great options when making meals for your family. 

Eating protein-packed foods, like turkey, can help promote a healthy weight by keeping you feeling fuller longer. 

Turkey provides fewer calories than many lean, red meats, less than one-fourth of the maximum daily-recommended intake of cholesterol, minimal total fat and saturated fat, and is a protein that is naturally low in sodium, containing less than 30 mg per ounce, on average.

Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups meat in pan

I also love supporting Ohio farmers when feeding my family.

Ohio’s turkey farmers are proud to work 365 days a year to ensure the turkey you and your loved ones enjoy year-round is safe and high-quality.

Meet the Ohio turkey farmers who work hard to provide nutritious turkey for families like yours. 

Ohio is BIG on turkey farming!

Each year, the state’s turkey farmers produce nearly 278 million pounds of turkey, ranking Ohio 9th in the nation for turkey farming. 

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe with yogurt sauce.

Ohio turkey production is responsible for the creation of 21,846 jobs annually and $1 billion in earnings.

U.S. turkey consumption has more than doubled since 1970 due to consumers’ recognition of turkey’s good taste and nutritional profile.

Americans of all ages love turkey because of its healthful, “comfort” food profile.

A national study on turkey consumption found that nearly half of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once every two weeks with more than a quarter eating turkey deli meat. I know for my family this is true for us! 

In 2019, approximately 230 million turkeys were raised on about 2,500 U.S. farms.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS TURKEY KOFTA KEBAB RECIPE? 

  • LEAN GROUND TURKEY

  • GARLIC

  • ONION

  • FRESH HERBS: FRESH MINT AND FRESH PARSLEY

  • SPICES: CUMIN, CORIANDER, CINNAMON, ALLSPICE, CLOVES, RED PEPPER FLAKES, OREGANO

  • EGG

  • LEMON JUICE
  • BREADCRUMBS 

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe with parsley.

HOW DO YOU MAKE TURKEY KOFTA KEBABS?

PREPARE THE SKEWERS: If you are using wooden skewers or bamboo skewer you will want to soak them for an hour before you grill.

If you are using metal skewers set about 6-8 aside depending on how big you want to make your kebabs.

Preheat the grill on medium-high heat for 10- 15 minutes before you start grilling.

MAKE THE KOFTE MIXTURE: In a food processor chop the onion and garlic until finely chopped.

Add the ground meat, parsley, mint, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano and give it a few pulses.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe ingredients in a food processor.

Add the egg and process until the turkey starts to become a thick mixture and everything is pretty well mixed together.

Add the breadcrumbs and process until everything is combined. Remove the turkey mixture from the food processor and put it into a large bowl.

If the mixture feels very wet and sticky and hard to work with you can add a bit more breadcrumbs.

FORM THE TURKEY KOFTA: Use your hands to form the meat mixture into a 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick kofte kebab or meatball shape around the skewers making them as long as you want. Do this using each of the skewers until your turkey is done.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe raw meat on plate.

GRILL THE KABOBS: Place kebabs on the grill or grill pan and grill them over the medium heat for about 4-5 minutes on one side, flip and grill another 4 to 5 minutes.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe on the grill.

Serve the kebabs with your favorite pita, hummus, tabbouleh and a drizzle of the tahini garlic sauce.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe with yogurt sauce.

RECIPE TIPS AND MODIFICATIONS

WAYS TO COOK KOFTA: I personally like grilled kofta but you could also make this in the oven. Bake it at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes and check to make sure it is cooked through. 

SPICES: There are a variety of other spices you can add to these kebabs. Try sumac, za’atar or Greek seasoning. 

HERBS: Fresh herbs are a great addition to the turkey mixture. I love the parsley and mint but you can also use oregano, dill or basil.

HEAT: If you like spice try adding red pepper flakes or cayenne red pepper.

BREADCRUMBS: As far as the breadcrumbs you can use regular or panko.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe kebabs on gril.

WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH TURKEY KOFTA KEBABS?

These kebabs work nicely paired with hummus like this Lebanese Hummus Recipe, Lemon Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and this Spicy Hummus

I also like to serve a Mediterranean style salad with them like this Easy Lebanese Salad, Mediterranean Eggplant Salad or this Mediterranean Bean Salad

These kebabs work nicely as an addition in grain bowls like in these Mediterranean Buddha Bowls, Beef Kafta Meatball Bowls or this Chicken Shawarma.

Vegetables are a nice addition with these kebabs like these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Za’atar Roasted Carrots or this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower.

To learn more about Ohio turkey farmers and get cooking tips and nutrition information go to OhioPoultry.org and follow Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe on a white platter.

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chicken Kofta is the perfect Mediterranean meal that you can eat on its own, in a pita sandwich, hummus or rice bowls. Ground turkey is mixed with fresh herbs, warm spices, garlic, onion and breadcrumbs to create a delicious kebab. This is the perfect summer grilling recipe! 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey {I like 85% lean ground turkey}
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 of a medium sweet onion
  • 3 tbsps. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps. fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes or cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsps. breadcrumbs

TAHINI GARLIC SAUCE

  • 1 cup tahini 
  • 3/4 cup warm water {might need more depending on the consistency you like}
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    FOR THE TURKEY KOFTA:

    If you are using wooden skewers you will want to soak them for an hour before you grill. If you are using metal skewers set about 6-8 aside depending on how big you want to make your kebabs.

    Preheat the grill on medium-high heat for 10 minutes before you start grilling.

    In a food processor chop the onion and garlic until finely chopped. Add the ground turkey, parsley, mint, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and give it a few pulses.

    Add the egg and lemon juice and process until the turkey starts to become a thick mixture and everything is pretty well mixed together.

    Add the breadcrumbs and process until everything is combined.

    Remove the turkey mixture from the food processor and put it into a large mixing bowl. If the mixture feels very wet and sticky and hard to work with you can add a bit more breadcrumbs.

    Use your hands to form 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick kebabs or meatballs shaped kebabs around the skewers making them as long as you want. Do this using each of the skewers until your turkey is done.

    Brush the grill with oil. Put the kebabs on the grill and grill them over the medium heat for about 4-5 minutes on one side, flip and grill another 4 to 5 minutes.

    Serve the kebabs with your favorite pita, hummus, tabbouleh and a drizzle of the tahini garlic sauce.

    FOR THE TAHINI GARLIC SAUCE:

    Put all the ingredients for the Tahini Garlic Sauce in a food processor and process until everything is combined and the sauce is smooth.

    Add more water to reach the consistency you like.

Notes

These work great in many meals. Try adding them on top of Fattoush or alongside Tabbouleh.

Make a pita sandwich out of the kebabs along with tomato, a scoop of tabbouleh, hummus and the tahini garlic sauce.


Traditional chicken kafta doesn't always use breadcrumbs but I like to add that in to help with the consistency of the meat and make it easier to form into kebabs on the skewers.

Today’s post is sponsored by Ohio Poultry Association. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Adrienne

Sunday 21st of January 2024

Thank you for this recipe. Made it for dinner tonight. I put the kofta in pita with tzatziki, arugula & green onion. It was delish. I love all the spices. It doesn't even need any salt.

Julia

Monday 22nd of January 2024

I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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Mike

Monday 6th of June 2022

I just made these for dinner, followed the recipe to a T and we enjoyed it a lot. Served it with an Israeli salad and a home made tzatziki instead of the tahini sauce. I’m definitely gonna make em again but maybe leave out the red pepper flakes next time. Also don’t forget a thermometer, I couldn’t find mine so a few were a little tough but that’s on me. 5stars.

Julia

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I am so glad you liked them! And yes, great point about checking the temp. Because it is ground turkey it can get a bit dried out sometimes if you overcook them. Thanks for sharing!

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