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Juicy Beef Kafta

These Middle Eastern-style Juicy Beef Kafta are one of our favourite ways to enjoy a baked meal. They are juicy, flavourful, and fragrant as they are filled with middle eastern spices, garlic, onion, and fresh parsley.



What is Kafta?

Kafta, which is also known as Kofta, is an elongated meatball, using beef or lamb mince and mixed with herbs, Middle Eastern spices, onion, and garlic. Traditionally, kafta is grilled and served on pita bread with hummus or with rice.


My take on this classic dish is a little different as I love to bake it alongside potatoes, creating an easy family one tray bake meal.


Watch How to Make It



How Do You Make Beef Kafta
  1. The first step is to prepare the potatoes as they need to par-bake first. Slice, season, drizzle oil, and place them into a lined baking tray. Bake for only 25 minutes before adding the kafta.

  2. While the potatoes are baking, prepare the kafta. Combine well the ingredients including the spices and form 12 large kafta balls. Place onto a plate and refrigerate whilst waiting for the potatoes to bake.

  3. Once the potatoes are ready, remove them from the oven and place the kafta around the potatoes. Drizzle or spray the kafta with olive oil and place back into the oven for a further 25 minutes.

  4. Once cooked, sprinkle with fresh parsley and squeeze a whole lemon over the entire tray. Serve and enjoy!



Helpful Tips

Beef or Lamb?