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close up of a Kafta Bowl with beef, humus, tzatziki sauce, and cucumber tomato salad

How to Make Easy and Delicious Restaurant Style Kafta (Kofta) Bowls

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These restaurant-style Lebanese Kafta bowls will become a “go-to” favorite recipe the first time you make them! The traditional burger patties are stuffed with middle eastern spices and served on a bed of delicious Lebanese rice pilaf. Add in humus, greek yogurt tzatziki, and a simple salad mixture and you’ll be eating delicious middle eastern cuisine in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:10 mins


For the Kofta

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons of dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 English cucumber diced
  • 1/2 of a red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Additional Items for Kofta Bowl

  • Hummus
  • Rice Pilaf I like to use the Near East Brand
  • Pita Bread optional
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves to garnish optional


To Make the Kafta

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, garlic, onion, and spices until well mixed.
  • Divide the kafta mixture into 8 portions and shape each into an oblong shape.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes in a grill pan over medium-high heat, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

To Make the Tzatziki Sauce

  • Mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper until well blended in a small bowl.

To Assemble the Salad

  • Place the tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the olive oil over the vegetable mixture and toss until combined.

To Assemble the Bowls

  • Divide the rice, salad, and kofta between four bowls. Top with a dollop of hummus and Tzatziki Sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and a piece of pita bread, if desired.
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Snug and Cozy Life