These BBQ Beef Koftas are a yummy way to stretch a packet of minced beef and cook something a little different over the coals this summer.
Hands up, I’ve never made Koftas before. The first batch I made were HUGE, and they promptly fell off the kebab sticks into the embers. Round two was a much tastier experience, so please learn from my mistakes and aim for Koftas about as thick as your thumb and about 3 inches long.
This is another recipe I created for Iceland and their #PowerOfFrozen campaign, to highlight how their range of frozen foods can knock your BBQ skills up a notch or two this year. When I went in store to do my BBQ food shop, I plumped for some frozen minced beef, but you could swap that out for either minced pork or lamb instead. And surprisingly you can find everything else you need for this meal in store too – from fresh pitta breads to a great range of salads and sauces/dips.
I kept my flavourings quite traditional and simple in the version below but am looking forward to pushing the limits in future batches. Once you’ve nailed the basics why not try adding some chilli or smoked paprika for a little heat, or some finely chopped fresh herbs for colour and flavour.
Serve your BBQ beef koftas nestled inside pitta breads with salad and either some hot sauce, mayonnaise or houmous for a meal your family will love and request again and again.
What is your favourite meaty treat to throw on the coals? Are you a traditionalist that likes to stick to burgers and sausages, or are you always on the lookout for some exciting new flavours to try?
BBQ Beef Koftas
- 500 g minced beef
- 1 onion grated or very finely shopped
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper
- Pitta breads
Mix everything together in a food processor (or in a large bowl, squishing well through your hands) until you have turned the minced meat into a paste.
Divide into evenly sized balls and roll each one into a sausage shape. Carefully thread onto skewers then grill on a hot BBQ until they are cooked through and browned all over.
Split the pitta breads and stuff with salad and your dressing of choice, then top with a couple of koftas. Yum!
Huge thanks to Iceland for sponsoring this post and helping me continue to bring you tasty recipes, for free! As always all thoughts (and leftovers) are my own!