Turkey Koftas and Tzatziki

Koftas are a street food common in many countries from the Middle East to Asia. They are made with everything from lamb to beef or fish and chicken. I have made mine with ground turkey. Grilled quickly and served with a salad and some Tzatziki (pronounced Tzad-Zeeky not Taz-eeky) they made the perfect lunch today. This recipe is prefect for 2 people but can easily be increased for a larger crowd.

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey (if you can get a mix of dark and white it will stay moist more than breast meat alone)
  • 2 cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1 small onion – grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro- chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian/flat parsley – chopped fine
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • olive oil to drizzle and coat for grilling

Tzatziki recipe follows

Step 1: place turkey in a bowl. Add crushed garlic and grate 1 small onion into bowl.

Step 2: chop fresh cilantro and parsley and add to bowl.

Step 3: add all spices and mix well.

Step 4: form into 3-4 logs and press meat around skewers. Drizzle with olive oil and heat grill.

Step 5: grill on medium heat you can also squeeze some lemon juice over them while cooking.

Serve with mixed green salad and tzatziki.


  • 1 small individual container of plain Greek yogurt (170 grams)
  • 1 mini cucumber- grated and squeezed in paper towel to remove water = 1/2 cup English/hothouse cucumber once grated.
  • 1 clove garlic- crushed
  • 1/2 lemon -zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat/Italian parsley – chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill (you can certainly use fresh herbs!)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • best quality olive oil to drizzle

grate on box grater and squeeze in paper towels to remove most of water

Finish with a good drizzle of your best Greek olive oil!

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