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Air Fryer Kofta

A flavorful kofta recipe using a combination of lean beef and lamb that cooks in an air fryer in under 15 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Beef, Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 277kcal
Author Amee

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt *I use full-fat. It has better flavor and texture
  • ¼ cup fresh mint finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper divided
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 92% lean
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • ¾ cup English cucumber seeded and shredded
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 8 Greek flatbreads We love the Papa Pita brand

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the cucumber and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Shred the cucumber and place into a strainer or a large bowl. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.
    Scooping seeds out of sliced zucchini
  • In a medium-size bowl, whisk together: yogurt, mint, lemon juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper
    Whisking Greek yogurt sauce in a bowl
  • Separate out ⅓ cup of the yogurt mixture and cover the remaining sauce and refrigerate while you prepare the kofta
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the lamb, ground beef, 1 minced garlic clove, remaining salt and pepper, and ⅓ cup yogurt mixture. Using your hands, knead the mixture until it is thoroughly combined. I glove-up for this so that I can really work the mixture and mix it well.
    Meat mixture for making Kofta in a white bowl
  • Divide mixture into 8 four-ounce balls (I use a food scale for this) and shape into 5-inch cylinders. I had enough mixture leftover to make an additional 2.5 oz meatball. Spray the basket of the air fryer with non-stick spray and arrange the kofta on the rack, leaving space in between for proper air circulation. If you have a small appliance, you may need to do this in two batches
    Kofta patties on an air fryer pan
  • Set air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 8 minutes, flip and continue to cook 4-6 more minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. The internal meat temperature should register 160 degrees.
    Cooked kofta on an air fryer pan
  • Stir the strained shredded cucumber into the Greek yogurt sauce (or you can also serve it on the side as a topping)
  • Serve kofta on the Greek flatbread with lettuce, tomato, red onion and drizzle with yogurt sauce
    Kofta wrap with all the fixings

Notes

Note:  Greek flatbreads were not calculated into the nutrition info.  

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg