Grilled Kofta Burger with Ranch Tzatziki Sauce

Kofta Burgers with Ranch Tzatziki Sauce

We wante to make something interesting with ground beef and wanted to try our hand at Kofta, but didn't really want to do the traditional skewers with Naan thing, so we took a chance at burgers. The beef is a bit denser than a normal burger, but very tasty. This one is a keeper.
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Course: Dinner, Picninc
Cuisine: American, Turkish


  • Coffee or Spice Grinder


Kofta Spice Mix

  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp alspice
  • 1 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Turmeric

The Meat

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp Kofta Spice Mix
  • Ranch Tzatziki Sauce optional


Kofta Spice Mix

  • Place the Coriander, Cumin, and Peppercorns in a small dry skillet and toast over medium heat until fragrant, but do not let them burn.
    Put the toasted seeds into a coffee or spice grinder and grind until fine.
    Put the ground spices and the rest of the spice ingredients in a small bowl and mix thouroughly.
    This will make more than 2 tbsp, but use only 2 and save the rest for the nest time.
    Kofta Spice

The Kofta

  • Thouroughly mix together all the meat ingredients. You can use a stand mixer or your hands, but make sure the spices are well incorporated into the meat. Remember, the more you mix the meat, the denser it will be when cooked.
    Ground Beef and Lamb Prepped for Kofta
  • Form the meat into patties (we do 8oz patties, but size is based on the individual's wishes.
    Kofta Burgers Ready To Grill
  • Heat your grill just as you would for regular burgers (we do high direct heat) and cook for about a total of 5 minutes on each side. We do 2½ minutes, flip, 2½ flip, 2½ flip, 2½ flip to get a cross hatch of grill marks on the burgers,
    Grilled Kofta Burger, No Bun
  • Put whatever toppings you want on the burgers, but we really liked them with the Tzatziki sauce.
    Grilled Kofta Burger with Ranch Tzatziki Sauce
  • Serve em up!
    Grilled Kofta Burger with Ranch Tzatziki Sauce

We found the recipe for Kofta Kabobs on Two Sleevers. This recip was written for the air fryer and for Kabobs, so we made a few minor changes.

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