Ankara and Kocatepe Mosque at sunset in Turkey

Bring a Taste of Turkey Home

If you’ve spent any time in Turkey, you have surely been introduced to kofte – ground meat seasoned with spices. Each region and town will generally have their own take on kofte – but each variation is as delicious as the last one. Some feature just meat – usually lamb, but sometimes it is a mixture of both lamb and beef; occasionally you will find them made with bulgur, rice or breadcrumbs. They are often served with a side of flatbread and yogurt, but a side of tzatziki or tabbouleh also works well.

Lamb kofta with tzatziki and pita bread

In anticipation of a trip to Turkey in the future, perhaps on our Greece via the Corinth Canal & Turkey: The Marvels of Ancient Rivals cruise, try bringing a taste of Turkey to your dinner plate with this delicious recipe.


  • 1 lb ground lamb 
  • 1/2 cup grated red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1tsp salt


You can use wooden skewers, or metal ones if you have them. If you are using wooden ones, soak them in water before starting

  1. Grate the onion, mince the garlic and finely chop the parsley and mint.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl using your hands
  3. Split the mixture up into four portions and mold each into a sausage shape
  4. Thread each sausage onto a skewer and place on a plate and refrigerate for about 20 minutes
  5. On a medium grill cook each kofte for a few minutes on each side until it is cooked through and lightly charred (about 8 to 10 minutes)


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