Oven-Baked Kefta

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Get ready for juicy, flavorful kefta straight from the oven! This dish pairs perfectly with salad, rice, and tzatziki sauce for a complete and satisfying meal.

Oven-Baked Kefta

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course


  • Skewers


  • 1 pound of ground beef 85/15 or 80/20
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of sumac
  • 2 teaspoons of allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of optional cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Butter ghee, or oil for brushing


  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Place wooden skewers in a bowl of water to soak for 20 minutes to prevent burning in the oven.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, minced garlic, parsley, cilantro, yogurt, and all the spices. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Shape the spiced ground beef onto the skewers. If it’s difficult to keep the meat on the skewer, refrigerate it for 30 minutes to firm it up before shaping.
  • Brush a wire rack or tray with ghee, butter, or oil. Place the kefta skewers on the rack and brush the tops with more ghee, butter, or oil.
  • Bake in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Be careful not to over-bake, as it may dry out.
  • Once out of the oven, loosely tent the meat with foil for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and keep it extra juicy.
  • Serve and enjoy your delicious kefta straight from the oven!


  • You can use ground lamb instead of ground beef, or even a combination of both.
  • Experiment with different spices and seasonings to customize the flavor to your liking.

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