Ground Turkey Kofta

Ground Turkey Kofta Recipe

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Heidi Hoerman


Kofta is a Middle Eastern ground meat burger, often made with lamb. In this case, turkey takes the place of lamb.


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15 Min
15 Min


  • 1/2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 1/3 c
    panko bread crumbs

  • 1/4 c
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    celery, minced
  • 1/4 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cumin, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    coriander, ground
  • 1/2 tsp

How to Make Ground Turkey Kofta


  1. SEASONING PASTE: Combine cilantro, garlic, celery, seasonings and salt. Mince very fine, pound together in a mortar, or process in a small food processor.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently but thoroughly mix turkey, panko, and seasoning paste. Shape into four small, oval patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Preheat a grill pan on the bottom shelf of a 425F oven. Cook patties 6 minutes on one side, flip and cook and additional 6 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 175F.
  4. Serving suggestion: Serve with tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber salad) and a bulgur-vegetable pilaf.

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About Ground Turkey Kofta

Course/Dish: Turkey, Meat Appetizers, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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