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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.

TURKEY KOFTA KEBAB RECIPE 

Chicken Kofta KebabsGrilled Beef Kafta Kebabs, Lamb Kofta, Beef Kafta Meatballs and these Mediterranean Beef Kabobs.

I always have ground turkey on hand for my family meals.

Today I am excited to share this Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe in partnership with Ohio Poultry Association

It is a recipe that I make a lot for my family. 

The warm spices mixed with the ground turkey are perfect together. If you like kofta you also should check out these other recipes for Chicken Kofta KebabsGrilled Beef Kafta Kebabs, Lamb Kofta, Beef Kafta Meatballs and these Mediterranean Beef Kabobs.

I love drizzling a Tahini Garlic Sauce on the kebabs and adding a Lebanese Salad alongside it. 

It works nicely in a pita wrap, in a hummus or rice bowl or on top of Fattoush Salad

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?

  • GROUND TURKEY

  • GARLIC

  • ONION

  • PARSLEY

  • MINT

  • CUMIN

  • CORIANDER

  • CINNAMON

  • ALLSPICE

  • CLOVES

  • RED PEPPER FLAKES 

  • CAYENNE RED PEPPER

  • OREGANO

  • EGG

  • BREADCRUMBS 

Turkey Kofta Kebab Recipe with parsley.

HOW DO YOU MAKE TURKEY KOFTA KEBABS?

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- 15 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, 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 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 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.

Put the kebabs on the grill and grill them over the medium-high 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.

TIPS WHEN COOKING WITH TURKEY

  • Before and after handling turkey in the kitchen, be sure to thoroughly wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Don’t cross contaminate! Use separate cutting boards, mixing bowls, plates and utensils for raw ground turkey than you use for other ingredients.

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure your turkey has been properly cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. 

  • Refrigerate turkey leftovers in shallow storage containers for up to 4 days or freeze to use within a few weeks.

  • Remember: Turkey that has been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours should be thrown away (1 hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90°F) to prevent foodborne illness.

  • When reheating cooked turkey, use a food thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the turkey is 165°F.

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 Bowlsor this Chicken Shawarmabowl.

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

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 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 of a medium sweet onion
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes {optional}
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup 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- 15 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, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano and give it a few pulses.

    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 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 around the skewers making them as long as you want. Do this using each of the skewers until your turkey is done.

    Put the kebabs on the grill and grill them over the medium-high 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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