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Beef Kofta Meatballs

Today we’re sharing a kofta recipe using beef that we’re so thrilled about. It’s an air fryer recipe (you know we love the air fryer) and the end result is meatballs that are so tender, juicy, and overall delicious, they nearly boggle the mind!

We think you’re going to fall head over heels for this recipe, too!

What is kofta

Kofta is a type of meatball (minced meat, spices, onions, bread crumbs) that’s super common and popular across a variety of countries and cultures in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. This recipe calls for beef, but kofta is often made with lamb, chicken, or even seafood sometimes!

It’s a super delicious recipe and we’re so excited to share with you today.

What is garam masala

Garam masala originated in India but has spread throughout the world and is a pretty common spice blend used around the world. It literally translates to “Hot Spice/Sauce”

Typically the spices in garam masala are toasted and ground to really bring out the flavors and make the dish pop! You can use garam masala in a wide range of foods, everything from vegetables to meats.

Why we love beef kofta meatballs

These meatballs are such a simple, easy-to-make dish that we love to serve with some pita, yogurt sauce, and veggies. It makes for a delicious, hearty meal, and we think the flavors are absolutely top-notch.

We love the light kick that the jalapeño gives, and we’re absolutely obsessed with the freshness the mint and cilantro bring to this recipe. In all, it’s a brilliant combination that’s as satisfying to eat as it is to make!

How to make beef kofta meatballs

  1. Add ground beef, grated onion, jalapeño, bread crumbs, egg, cilantro, mint, garam masala powder, salt and pepper and to a large bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together until everything is incorporated. 
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop, shape into meatballs or use about 2 tablespoons of beef mixture.
  4. Spray air fryer and place meatballs inside in a single layer. 
  5. Set air fryer to 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. 
  6. Baking: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cooked through.

 

Beef Kofta Meatballs

This kofta is flavorful, spicy, and so simple to make! Make this in the air fryer or bake in the oven for a simple kofta recipe!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: middle eastern
Keyword: beef kofta, easy kofta, how to make kofta, kofta recipe, middle eastern kofta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium grated white onion
  • 1 chopped jalapeño seeded for less spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add ground beef, grated onion, jalapeño, egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, mint, garam masala powder, salt and pepper and to a large bowl.
  • Mix ingredients together until everything is incorporated. 
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, shape into meatballs or use about 2 tablespoons of beef mixture.
  • Spray air fryer and place meatballs inside in a single layer. 
  • Set air fryer to 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. 
  • Baking: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cooked through.

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  1. 5 stars
    When I saw this recipe I knew I wanted to make it for dinner! It was incredibly tasty, and I even didn’t have the mint which I know is a must! It took some time to put together but the air fryer was helpful. I paired it with turmeric rice and made some tzatziki sauce and I felt like I was in a Greek restaurant. Thank you!!