These Middle Eastern Spicy Lamb Patties are a type of Kofta that we eat for lunch, usually inside a Pita. Easy to make, and reminds me of a version of Russian Kotleti, but with exotic spices.
What to serve with Lamb Patties?
These Kofta Patties are kind of like lamb burgers, or lamb meatballs or lamb rissoles, with amazing spices and flavor! I suppose if you were to make them bigger and flatten them before cooking, you could use them as Mediterranean burgers. They’re a tasty way to eat Lamb Pita Pockets. I stuff them with lettuce, tomato and Tzatziki Sauce. Finally, they make a great appetizer you can eat with tzatziki or hummus.
Harissa paste is often used in Moroccan and North African cooking, and is a mixture of chili peppers, garlic and spices. It’s often described as the national condiment of Tunisia. Harissa can be used in meat marinades, soups, shawarmas, and even used to flavor couscous. I love to add it to homemade hummus, and it works perfectly as a flavor boost of these spicy lamb patties (kofta).
Lamb Patties in Pita Bread with salad is delicious summer meal. It’s like a small lamb burger, lamb meatball or lamb rissoles, perfect for lunch or as an appetizer! If you don’t like lamb, you can swap with beef. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Mediterranean Lamb Patties (Kofta)
Lamb Patties in Pita Bread with salad is delicious summer meal. It's like a small lamb burger, lamb meatball or lamb rissoles, perfect lamb pita pocket for lunch or as an appetizer! If you don't like lamb, you can swap with beef.
- 500 g /1 lb ground lamb
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons harissa paste
- 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon sumac optional
- lemon zest optional
- ½ teaspoon salt and pepper
- oil for frying
Place all the ingredients into a bowl. Using your hands, mix until combined.
Using your hands, shape the meat into small balls, pressing firmly so it holds shape. Each patty is about 2"/5cm wide.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the lamb patties in small batches for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are cooked.
Serve in a pita or wrap with salad, yogurt sauce or tzatziki.
If you don't like it too spicy, then just use 1 teaspoon of Harissa paste, which only adds flavor, not heat.