Beef Kofta with Tzatziki Dressing

If you’re looking for the all-around perfect food, let’s turn our attention to the meatball. In my opinion, meatballs are one of the most versatile foods around. You can eat them on sandwiches, over pasta, in soup…the list goes on. I decided that I was going to turn a classic Mediterranean dish into a meatball and eat it with one of my other favorite foods: tzatziki sauce.

Kofta is a traditional Mediterranean spiced meat, often found wrapped around a stick and grilled. Kofta is traditionally made with ground lamb, which I am not a fan of, so I went with ground beef. You can also make these with ground lamb if you’d like. Once cooked, you’ll wrap up these tiny meatballs in a warm piece of pita bread or naan and serve with diced cucumber and red onion and a healthy drizzle of Tzatziki Ranch dressing. Are you drooling yet?

If you look through the ingredients of these little meatballs you’ll notice a handful of full-bodied flavors such as cumin, coriander and mint. Don’t skimp out on any of these thinking the flavor of one will be too strong. If you are a fan of robust flavors, you won’t mind the combination presented here. You may also consider serving these meatballs over rice or adding sliced tomatoes to the pita for an extra dose of fresh flavor.

My husband is often skeptical of new foods that I make but he told me that we need to start making these meatballs more frequently. I served mine with miniature naan bread that I found at my local grocery store for a soft, pliable sandwich. If you can only find pita bread, that’s fine too.

If you’ve never ventured into the land of kofta now is your chance! I guarantee that your entire family will love the flavor.

Beef Kofta with Tzatziki Dressing

Serves 4-6 | Finish in 1 hour 10 minutes

This version of Kofta is created in the Mediterranean style and is served with flatbreads or naan and tzatziki dressing.


1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Instantly Fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Mint
1 pound ground beef (75% lean/25% fat)
1 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 small pinch red pepper flakes
Olive oil, for oiling the grill

1 cup diced English cucumber

½ cup diced red onion
Naan or pita, for serving


1. Combine the onion, garlic, parsley and mint in a large bowl. Add in the ground beef, salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and red pepper flakes. Mix gently to combine. Do not overmix.

2. Form into 30 (2-inch balls) and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Heat a pan lightly coated with olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in batches. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook, turning occasionally, until brown all over and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove to a serving platter.

4. To finish, lightly grill the pitas or naan in the grill pan for about a minute to toast and warm through. Top each pita or naan with Tzatziki Ranch dressing, 3 meatballs, cucumber and onion. Serve immediately. 

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