Kofta Burgers


Mommy brag moment: As a parent our goal is to raise good people who contribute society the best way they can. I thought we were doing a good job and this was reaffirmed to me this weekend at the Detroit Feis with my daughter. Several parents stopped me to tell me how much their kids loved her as their teacher and how they loved that she was continually helping them get ready to dance at the Feis, inspire them, and still checking up on them even when they were no longer in her class. Then I watched the kids seek her out and run up to her to tell her how they did in the dances.  They were so cute running up to her with arms stretched wide for a hug or high five. Warms my heart to see her step out into her element with the kids.

So, that was what we did this past weekend. We are almost done with the school year. Finally! I have an event on Saturday with a dinner and party for over a hundred people. My daughter’s dance recital is this weekend. My son has finals and then we are done for the month!!! Yes, we are going on vacation week after next. A long deserved vacation.

Verdict:

When your neighbors stop by while you are grilling and tell you how good your dinner smells you most likely have a hit on your hand. We ate the entire platter of these. They were so good! My onion hating daughter even loved these because the onions get mashed together with the garlic and parsley. The flavor is there but she couldn’t see them so she was happy.

We served these with cucumber and onion salad (click here for recipe) and flatbread with tahini, feta, sour cream, and tomatoes.

The secret to making these burgers or skewers (both are yummy) is using the food processor to fully pulverize the onion, garlic, and meat and blend the spices through. We would run the processor for a bit then take the top off and stir it up before running it again. All in all we blended it for almost 5 minutes to make sure it was like a thick meat paste.

Kofta Burgers

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"A burger with tons of Mediterranean flavor."

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 whole bunch parsley, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 – 2  lbs ground beef
  • 2 slices of white bread, toasted until browned
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Pita bread, sour cream, feta, tzatziki, tahini, tomato, cucumber, onions to serve as desired

Directions:

  1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes; remove from the water when you are ready to begin.
  2. Prepare the pita bread and the toppings for your burgers.
  3. In a food processor process the onion, garlic, and parsley until they are finely chopped.
  4. Add the beef, toast, and the spices. Run the processor until all is well combined forming a pasty meat mixture.
  5. Remove the meat mixture from the food processor and place in a large bowl. Take a fistful portion of the meat mixture and mold it around a wooden skewer. Repeat the process until you have run out of meat. For best results, make sure each burger is about 1 inch in thickness.
  6. Lay the skewered kebabs on a tray lined with parchment paper
  7. Grill on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, turn over and grill for another 3-4 minutes.
  8. Serve the kofta kebabs immediately with pita bread, tahini, etc….

11 Comments Add yours

  1. You are a good mom. Well Done. 👏

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  2. justjoel59 says:

    This looks so good! I love the spices. I copied this into my private recipe book, even though I currently don’t have a kitchen in which to make it, lol. When I do, though, I think I’ll try it with lamb (except that might make it too expensive!)

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lamb would be perfect! We just don’t have access to lamb here without finding it at a specialty store 50 miles away.

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  3. syl65 says:

    That is wonderful and you should be very proud! Enjoy that long overdue vacation when the time arrives! 😊

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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      1. syl65 says:

        You’re welcome.

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Yum, Greek touch!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I love these spices!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        So, do I, I love Greec and Turkish food 😋

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