With these quick, easy and cheap koftas, there’s no excuse for hitting the kebab van.

DIY Kofta Burgers

With these quick, easy and cheap koftas, there's no excuse for hitting the kebab van.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 8 serves
Calories 295 kcal


For the burgers

  • 1 kg lamb minced
  • 2 onions coarsely grated
  • 1 garlic broken into cloves and finely chopped or grated
  • 6 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 bunch coriander chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce, plus extra to serve

To serve

  • 8 pitta breads
  • 4 tomatoes halved and sliced
  • 1/2 red cabbage shredded
  • 1 red onion sliced (optional)
  • plain yogurt


  • Tip the mince into a large bowl (use a clean washing-up bowl if you don’t have anything big enough) with all the other burger ingredients and a good pinch of salt. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands into the mix and squelch everything together through your fingers until completely mixed. Pat the mix into 16 small burgers. These may now be frozen for up to 1 month or chilled up to a day ahead.
  • To cook, heat grill to its highest setting and lay the burgers in a single layer on a baking tray (you may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your tray is). Grill on the highest shelf for 5-6 mins on each side until browned and cooked through. Pile burgers onto a platter and serve with all the accompaniments, so everyone can construct their own sandwich.


Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2008


Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 26gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gSugar: 2g
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