Beef Kofta Kebabs

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 10
  • 93KCAL

There isn't much we love more than a kebab. We came up with these slimming friendly Beef Kofta Kebabs when we were developing a donner kebab, and they are lush!

  • Bakes and Roasts
  • Dairy Free
  • Everyday Light

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories93
  • Carbs3g
  • Protein1g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.2g
  • Sugars1g

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We absolutely love a takeaway – that’s no secret!  Our slimming friendly version of a Beef Kofta Kebab has all of the flavour of the takeaway dish, without all of the extra calories and Points.

We’ve used our Big Green Egg BBQ to cook these Beef Kofta Kebabs because we think that nothing quite beats the smell of them cooking on hot coals.  All those herbs and spices heating up, the sizzle, the spit of the coal… Yum!  You could also cook these on a gas BBQ, but we just like that smokey-ness that you get with a charcoal BBQ.

It doesn’t have to be summertime for you to enjoy these Beef Kofta Kebabs!  You can always cook them in the oven or even a griddle pan if you prefer so that you can enjoy them all year round.  Serve with a beautiful fresh salad and a yoghurt dip!

What diets are these Beef Kofta Kebabs suitable for?

These Beef Kofta Kebabs are suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Beef Kofta Kebabs?

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You’ll need some bamboo skewers to make these Beef Kofta Kebabs and you should be able to find these in the supermarket when the weather starts to get warmer.   If you can’t wait until then, or if you have a feeling you’ll need lots, then Amazon is your best port of call.

How many calories are in these Beef Kofta Kebabs?

There are 93 calories per portion in these Beef Kofta Kebabs, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Beef Kofta Kebabs are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What could I serve with these Beef Kofta Kebabs?

These Beef Kofta Kebabs work really well when served alongside any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when these Beef Kofta Kebabs are cooked?

You’ll need to cook these Beef Kofta Kebabs for around 20-30 minutes on either the oven or the BBQ or until the meat is cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

Can you cook these Beef Kofta Kebabs any other way?

Yes you can!

You can cook these Beef Kofta Kebabs in the oven or on the BBQ at 180°C for between 20-30 minutes – make sure they’re cooked through!

How long can you keep Beef Kofta Kebabs in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Beef Kofta Kebabs in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can you freeze Beef Kofta Kebabs?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do you reheat Beef Kofta Kebabs?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Beef Kofta Kebabs

There isn't much we love more than a kebab. We came up with these slimming friendly Beef Kofta Kebabs when we were developing a donner kebab, and they are lush!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 93
  • Carbs 3G


  • 500 g 5% fat lean minced beef
  • 1 medium onion very finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley very finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic very finely chopped
  • 1 cm ginger very finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 egg
  • low calorie cooking spray

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  1. Place all the ingredients, except the egg, into a non-reactive bowl and mix well.
  2. Crack in the egg and mix well to combine.
  3. Take a small handful of the mixture and form into a sausage.
  4. Thread the skewer through the sausage and place on a tray. Once you've done them all, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat your BBQ or oven to 180°C.
  6. Spray your kebabs with low calorie cooking spray and place in the BBQ or oven for 20-30 minutes until cooked through.

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See what others have to say

MaryanneWednesday 7th April 2021

When it says per portion does it mean 1 kofta? Trying to find low calorie foods for my partner but he’s only allowed 200 calories for a meal


    HollyThursday 8th April 2021

    Hey Maryanne, yes so the nutritional information for this recipe is per kofta kebab. If you look on the recipe tab you will find our recipe finder tool you can then filter recipes by dietary requirement, ease of cooking or calories, hope that helps!


NatalieThursday 4th March 2021

Can I try this with chicken mince?


    HollyThursday 4th March 2021

    Hey Natalie, yes chicken mince will work fine jus remember to alter the calories accordingly, hope that helps!


EmmaWednesday 3rd February 2021

My partner is allergic to egg, is the egg necessary/what could I use to bind them together instead?


    LisaThursday 4th February 2021

    Hi Emma
    You could leave the egg out, although it might be a bit dryer and more difficult to mould. Alternatively, there are vegan egg replacers, or you could soak a few breadcrumbs in a little milk, and then mix that into the mince. We’ve not tried these methods with this particular recipe, so can’t guarantee the results. Hope this has given you some ideas!


John HFriday 21st August 2020

The flavour on these were great, just a little dry… any advice on how to maybe get them a little moister…


    SharonMonday 24th August 2020

    Hi John, thanks for your question. If you found the Beef Kofta Kebabs a little dry, you could try cooking them for a slightly shorter cooking time. You could also try making each one a little bit bigger so there is more chance of them staying moist. Just make sure that they’re properly cooked through if you try these suggestions. Thanks for getting in touch and hope this helps.


Claire LouiseSunday 4th August 2019

Shop bought minced lamb is much higher in fat (usually around 20%!)
I use lamb leg steaks, trimmed of all visible fat and roughly mince it in a food processor ☺️
A good local butcher will bone, trim and mince a lamb leg for you x


    Kelly-anneFriday 8th May 2020

    Sainsbury’s do a lower fat lamb mine it’s expensive but half the fat


      LisaWednesday 13th May 2020

      Thanks for the suggestion Kelly-Anne!

MattThursday 14th March 2019


What does a non-reactive bowl mean??



Ruth SaundersSaturday 19th January 2019

OK to swap the beef mince for a lamb mince?
Many thanks X


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