No Carb Turkish Style Meatballs

In our home, my dad makes the bet meatballs, any kind, but whenever my brother and I are away, we miss them. So here, we tried to put our own twist on the Turkish kofta. Normally this recipe would have breadcrumbs but we made it into a no carb version.


  • 300 gr ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped (we didn’t have any at home, so no parsley for us this time)
  • Small squeeze of lemon juice (optional) If you want a stronger citrus flavor, add some of the zest
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Dried mint
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Little bit of ginger powder (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

Put everything in bowl and knead for a good amount of time. The traditional way to do it is to throw it in the air a little, catch and then throw it somewhat forcefully back in the bowl. Repeat this about 10 times. Yeah, Turkish Cuisine is all about letting out suppressed frustration. When you’re done, wrap the dough in a saran wrap and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When you’re about to cook, shape them into small ovals. You may want to keep a little plate of water or olive oil to dip you hand in, to make the shaping easier.

Cook the meatballs in a pan normally. We used my cast grill and let this be known that it wasn’t the best idea. That’s all I’m going to say about it. Anyway, here you go, our twist on dad kofta. Enjoy.

Kofta 2
Yeah, I utilize my shot glasses.

Kofta 1Kofta 9 Kofta 10 Kofta 11 Kofta 13


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