Kefta is a flavorful mixture of ground meat, usually beef or lamb (or both), seasoned with a healthy dose of spices and fresh herbs. My husband Albert is Lebanese and this is a healthy kitchen staple for us. He does his with a twist and includes bison!

Kefta Ingredients: 

1 lb lean ground beef (we use Force of Nature Meats – CLICK HERE for discount link)

1 lb lean ground bison 

1 cup chopped onion

4-5 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons salt (we used Redmond RealSalt – CLICK HERE use discount code MEGMB)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dried oregano, sage and basil

½ teaspoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Kefta Recipe:

  1. 1. Set out a large shallow pan of water. Place 12 wooden skewers in the water to soak. (So they don’t burn up on the grill, or use metal skewers)
  2. 2. Set out a large food processor. Add the onion, parsley, garlic, salt, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, oregano, and black pepper to the food processor. Chop into a fine mince. Then add the ground beef and pulse several times until the meat and vegetables are evenly mixed. Do not over mix the meat. You can also mix the meat mixture with your hands if you do not have a food processor. 
  3. 3. Divide the meat mixture into 12 equal portions (or depending on how many skewers you are making). Flatten each portion in your hand, then place a skewer on top and pinch the beef around the skewer into the shape of a sausage. It should be approximately 1 inch thick. Make sure to seal the ground beef well so it doesn’t fall off the skewer.
  4. 4. Set the kefta kebabs on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil.
  5. 5. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to chill. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  6. 6. Once the grill is hot, grill the beef kefta kebabs for 8-10 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times.
  7. 7. Remove from heat, and serve with rice, hummus, labneh, flat bread, or any other Mediterranean accompaniments.

CLICK HERE to watch the video of Albert making his kefta recipe!

If you try these recipes let me know what you think!

Additional Notes

These skewers are great to make ahead and keep as leftovers! Place cooled kofta kebabs in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days.

To Freeze: Let them cool to room temperature, place in an airtight zipper bag, and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.