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Lamb Koftas (gluten-free, dairy-free)

  • Author: zenbelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings
  • Category: lamb
  • Method: broil or grill
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


juicy, quick to make, and packed with flavor, these lamb koftas are the perfect weeknight feast. 


  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 small handful cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free or regular)
  • 1 pound ground lamb


for servings, optional: 

  • green tahini, lemon tahini, tzatziki, flatbreads, fresh herbs, lemon wedges, pomegranate arils… whatever sounds good to you! 


  1. Place a rack in your oven to the highest location and turn on your broiler. Alternately, if grilling, turn your grill on medium,-high. 
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse everything but the lamb (shallot, garlic, cilantro, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, salt, pomegranate molasses and bread crumbs) 6-8 times or until it’s a coarse paste. 
  3. Add in the lamb and pulse about 8 or so times, until the ingredients are all homogeneous. 
  4. Form into 8 patties, either in a log shape, or more of an oval and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil for 5 minutes and then flip and broil for another 2-3 minutes. If grilling, grill 3-4 minutes on each side, or until just charred on the outsides and cooked through. 
  5. Serve hot, with any or all of the items above. 

Keywords: lamb koftas