All the flavours of a lamb kofte – in burger form! These Easy Lamb Kofte Burgers are quick and simple to make, and far less fiddly than making traditional koftes. Perfect served in pittas with tzatziki and salad!
A happy accident!
These lamb kofte burgers came about because, when I made lamb koftes the traditional way on skewers, I always found it annoyingly fiddly and messy. One day, in frustration, I took the lamb mixture off the skewers and reshaped it into burgers. This made the whole process of cooking them much easier and a whole lot less fiddly, and is the way I always do it now!
A quick and simple recipe…
The ingredients list for the lamb kofte burgers might look a little long, but the method is not complicated at all! All you need to do is throw lamb mince, spices, herbs, garlic, pistachios, lemon juice, flour and an egg into a large bowl. Then mix everything together, shape into 4 burger shapes and grill for 5 minutes each side. Easy peasy!
If you want to simplify things further, you could replace the chilli and spices with 2 teaspoons of mild chilli powder, which would give you a similar flavour. And if you are not keen on pistachio nuts, just leave them out.
Perfect grilled, fried or barbecued!
You can fry these lamb koftes (try 5 minutes on each side in a medium hot frying pan), but I much prefer to grill them, as I can more or less ignore them while I get on with making the accompaniments. (I set myself an oven timer so I don’t forget to turn them over!)
Alternatively, they are delicious cooked on a BBQ.
What to serve with lamb koftes?
These koftes are delicious served in pittas, with homemade tzatziki and salad. They also work well with my Easy Peasy Greek Salad and, if you have a little more time, you could have a go at making your own flatbreads.
Other great dishes to serve with these simple Lamb Kofte Burgers include:
What to drink with lamb koftes?
Lamb koftes work well with robust reds, such at Côtes du Rhone, Languedoc reds and Rioja Crianza.
Can you reheat lamb kofte burgers?
Absolutely! Put any leftover burgers into an airtight container and place in the fridge, where they will keep for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in an oven preheated to 180C (160C fan / gas mark 4 / 350F) for 10 minutes, or until piping hot all the way through.
You can also reheat these burgers in the microwave, if you prefer. (Again, make sure you reheat them until they are piping hot all the way through.)
Can you freeze lamb kofte burgers?
Lamb Kofte Burgers freeze well and so this makes a great batch cooking / fill the freezer recipe! Put the cooked and cooled burgers into an airtight container and place in the freezer, where they will keep for up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat as above.
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Easy Lamb Kofte Burgers
Lamb Kofte Burgers:
- 500 g lamb mince
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds ground
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds ground
- ½ teaspoon chilli (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon mint chopped finely
- 3 garlic cloves grated or crushed
- 25 g pistachio kernels chopped finely or bashed in a pestle and mortar
- Salt and pepper
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 egg beaten
- Homemade Tzatziki
- Sliced tomatoes
- Sliced cucumber
- Shredded lettuce
- Preheat your grill to medium.
- Place all the ingredients for the koftes in a bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture into 4 roughly equal burger shapes.
- Oil the bars of your grill pan and grill the koftes for about 7 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking. (See Note 1.)
- Serve with Homemade Tzatziki, pittas and salad.
- You can also fry these burgers or cook them on a BBQ, if you prefer.
- Suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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