Izgara Kofte (Grilled Burger)


  • 1 Large Size Onion
  • 4 Thin Slices Bread (Stale)
  • 4 1/3 Cup Lamb Ground Meat (Low Fat)
  • 1 Piece Egg
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil


Combine ground meat, soaked and squeezed bread, grated onion, egg, and salt . Blend thoroughly. Knead for 10 minutes. Divide into egg sized pieces. Shape into oval patties firmly. Smooth surface of patties. Place on oiled grill. Brush with oil. Grill over charcoal or broil in oven until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately, while hot.

To prepare filling : Saute ground meat and finely chopped onions in margarine for 20-25 minutes until meat is light brown ; drain and cool. Add rest of ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Chill and set aside.

To prepare shells : Combine ground meat, bulgur, minced onions, precooked and mashed potato, and rest of ingredients except water and butter blending thoroughly. Knead for 25-30 minutes while adding l/4 cup of water gradually to form a medium stiff, smooth and slightly elastic mixture (or place combined mixture into a blender or a food processor container. Add water. Process until well blended. Mixture must be smooth and slightly elastic to roll and form easily) Add very little water if’ necessary. Shape into a large ball, Place in a bowl. Cover with a slightly dampened cheesecloth to prevent drying. Keep covered while shaping köftes. Shape into egg sized balls. Hold one ball in left hand. Make a hole in center of ball with lightly wetted index finger of right hand while tuning ball around finger and pressing slightly to form a 2 mm thick shell. Fill each shell with 1 tablespoon of filling. Bring edges together sealing well. Smooth surface, tapering slightly both ends. Shells must be firm, and unbroken. Arrange in a steamer or a colander. Place over gently; boiling water. Cover and steam for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Melt butter in a large skillet. Place steamed köftes into skillet. Saute over low heat shaking slightly and occasionally. Serve hot.

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