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Air Fryer Kofta Kebab – No-Grill Middle Eastern Beef Kofta Recipe

Love kebabs? This Air Fryer Kofta Kebab recipe will give you a taste of the Middle East!

We make beef kofta in air fryer because it’s such a quick and easy recipe, and it comes out like it was grilled!

This Middle Eastern dish is perfect for meal preps, snacks, appetizers and main dish!

How To Make Air Fryer Beef Kofta - Visit for the recipe!

What is Kofta?

Kofta is a kind of meatball dish commonly found in the Middle East like Turkey, Lebanon, Iran and Armenia.

They are usually found as street food and also homemade at home with different family recipes.

Kofta is basically made with minced meat, spices and other ingredients like onions and garlic.

Different countries and regions use different minced meat like beef, chicken, lamb, mutton and even pork.

Though koftas can be fried, steamed, poached and baked, they are most popular as grilled.

And if you don’t happen to have a grill, the next best thing is air fryer!

Air fryers are so good for no-grill grilled food recipes.

I’ve made Air Fryer BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Air Fryer BBQ Chicken, and BBQ Ribs using Instant Pot + Air Fryer.

Travel to the Middle East at home with me, and I hope you enjoy this air fryer kofta kebab recipe!

This dish actually one of my most popular air fryer recipes.

Uncooked Beef Kofta on Air Fryer Basket

What You Need For Air Fryer Kofta Kebab


Inside the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Air Fryer Convection Oven with trays
Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Beef Kofta Ingredients

  • Ground Beef – I love beef and it’s easily accessible so I made beef kofta. Depending on your meat preference, you can definitely use others.

    My next pick would be ground lamb though it is more expensive and harder to find in grocery. Lamb Koftas are very popular street food in the Middle East.
  • Garlic – fresh garlic to enhance the flavour and aroma of the kofta.
  • Greek Seasoning – this blend already contains herbs and spices commonly used in the Middle East: onion, garlic, oregano and mint
  • Red Onion – fresh onions to enhance the flavour and aroma, plus it adds a crunch and spicy kick.
  • Sumac – an essential Middle Eastern ingredient that adds tanginess and notes of citrus.
Raw Rolled Beef

How To Make Kofta Kebab In Air Fryer

Beef Kofta has never been easier with this air fryer recipe!

Mix and combine all the ingredients.

Turn the beef mixture into oval shaped koftas.

Layer the kofta kebabs on the air fryer basket.

Make sure you don’t overlap and overcrowd so the heat circulates on the chicken properly.

Raw Beef Kofta

How long do you cook beef kofta in an Airfryer?

Run the kafta in air fryer for 10 minutes at 350F (177C).

You don’t need to oil the basket nor the kofta because the beef has some oil already.

This has been tested with the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven TOA-60.

If you use a different Air Fryer or meat, you might need to adjust the timing or temperature.

Enjoy them on its own as a snack, appetizer, main dish or entree.

You can skewer it like a typical kebab, but I prefer adding the sticks after the koftas are cooked.

Air Fryer Beef Koftas with tzatziki and couscous

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Air Fryer Beef Kofta Recipe

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Air Fryer Beef Kofta with lemony couscous

Air Fryer Kofta Kebab

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Kofta Kebabs are juicy and flavourful minced meat kebabs from the Middle East! These kofta kebabs are perfect for appetizers, snacks and main dishes. Plus, it's easy to meal prep!



  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef, garlic, onions, Greek seasoning and sumac.
  2. Make 6 oval koftas by rolling the beef mixture.
  3. Put raw beef koftas on air fryer basket without overlapping and crowding.
  4. Cook koftas in air fryer for 10 minutes at 350F (177C).


  1. If you prefer lamb kofta, replace ground beef with ground lamb.
  2. If you want them as skewers, I recommend inserting the sticks after the koftas are cooked instead of before. This makes sure the sticks (if using wooden ones) don't burn. It is also harder to fit the sticks inside the air fryer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 508mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g

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Wednesday 19th of April 2023

How long to cook them in the air fryer if we froze the kofta after making me them, but before air frying them.

Raymond Cua

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Hi Amina, I would actually recommend defrosting the night before. But I totally understand when defrosting isn't an option. In this case, 380-390F for 10 minutes is usually a good rule of thumb, or until you make sure the center is fully cooked. Time/temp might vary depending on your air fryer.

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