Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Turkish Meatball Recipes

06/09/16: Farm Kebap (Çiftlik Kebabı / Çiftlik Köfte).
18/05/16: Spinach with Meatballs (Köfteli Ispanak).
28/09/15: Meatballs on Bread Dipped in Beef Stock (Islama Köfte - Sakarya - Marmara Region).
20/02/15: Chickpeas Fritter (Nohut Köftesi / Nohut Mücveri).
18/08/14: Milas Meatballs (Milas Köftesi - Muğla - Aegean Region).
03/02/14: Grilled Meatball-Mozzarella Cheese Casserole (Fırında Kaşarlı Köfte).
19/08/13: Grilled Meatballs with Cheese (Kaşarlı Köfte).
10/06/13: Meatballs with Artichokes in Egg Sauce (Enginarli Sulu Kofte).
20/03/13: Bone Broth and Egg Balls Soup (Aci Soslu Bademli Kofte - Ottoman Kitchen).
19/12/12: Bone Broth and Egg Balls Soup (Kemik Suyu ve Yumurta Koftesi - Ottoman Kitchen).
05/11/12: Chicken Kofte (Tavuk Köftesi).
23/07/12: Meatballs in Sauce (Sahan Köftesi).
27/02/12: Grilled Meatball with Fried Eggs (Yumurtali Izgara Köfte).
12/12/11: Turkish Ricotta Patties (Lor Köftesi).
08/07/11: Pub Style Meatballs (Meyhane Usulu Köfte).
25/04/11: Beef Stuffed Potato KOfte (Icli Patates Köftesi).
25/03/11: Grilled Meatballs (Izgara Kofte).
05/12/10: Fish Kofte (Balik Koftesi).
01/09/10: Kofte Kebab Wrapped in Eggplant (Patlican Sarmali Kofte Kebap).
06/03/10: Meatball-Potato Casserole (Firinda Kofte Patates).
05/09/09: Meatballs-Vegetables in Tomato Sauce (Sebzeli Sulu Kofte).
12/02/09: Inegol Kofte (Bursa).
03/09/08: Turkish Meat Loaf (Dalyan Kofte).
22/05/08: Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Sulu Kofte).
25/09/07: Izmir Kofte. (Aegean Region)
03/06/07: Cig Kofte (Yalanci Cig Kofte).
21/11/06: Stuffed Kofte (Icli Kofte).
04/03/06: Potato Kofte (Patates Koftesi).
29/01/06: Hasan Pasa Meatballs (Hasan Pasa Koftesi).
04/12/05: Lady's Thighs Kofte (Kadinbudu Kofte).
06/11/05: Meatballs in Sour Sauce (Eksili Kofte).
16/10/05: Lentil Kofte (Mercimek Koftesi).
19/06/05: Turkish Hamburger (Kofte).


At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fab website, do you have a reciepe for the Urfa dish Cig Kofte?

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Nazli,
I am going to post Cig Kofte without raw beef soon...

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi ya do any 1 know how t mak sulu kofte i hd it when i was in gumushae but dont know how to make it

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to post Sulu Kofte recipe for you soon:)

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i made the hasan pasa kofte for my family at a party, they tasted fantastic just like being back on holiday thanks lee.

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

inegol kofte icin bir tarife koyabilir misin?

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i love sulu kofte but dont know how to make it i found it on 1 site but it was in turkish if sum1could do me a recipe asap i wld be very grateful

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very happy to have found your site. Yet to try a recipe. I see you have many recipes with beef. I like Turkish meatballs very much, but I don't eat beef. Can I always use pork or lamb or chicken instead of beef? Is there a rule like, lamb goes with these kind of herbs, chicken goes with these, etc?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) For me there is no rule. If you like to cook the vegetable with lamb or chicken, why not:) I cook beef or lamb flat green beans or beef or chicken okra...I love to sprinkle some oregano, Turkish red pepper, crushed pepper over the lamb or chicken even on black olive, feta cheese...I love the taste of oregano. it suits very well with almost everything:) Also lemon juice and zest are perfect with lamb and chicken....

At 5:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Binnur,

Thank you very much for your reply. Now there is nothing to stop me from trying a recipe :)

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello:) I adore your website. I'm so happy i came across it. I just want to try all these great recipes, if only i had more time;)
I was wondering about Tavuk köfte, do you happen to know any good recipes for that?
sağ ol:))

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I am going to post it in the future.
Sende sagol:)

At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Your Recipes look absolutely delicious. i always have trouble with cooking Kofte and i believe i must be doing something wrong. when frying the kofte seems to discolour on some parts rather than having a consistant brown appearance.

do i need to fry it on high or low flame? what am i doing wrong??



At 5:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Berrin,
Thank you:) I've always fry kofte over medium heat. Surface of the kofte burn without cooked inside if you fry it over high heat. I'm not sure why kofte seems to discolour on some parts. I think maybe the ingredients are not mixed well enough:)

At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a recipe for bulgur kofte.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Mercimek Kofte is the mixture of bulgur and mercimek. Here is the address;

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the recipes. My turkish mother in law makes meatballs for my kids, who absolutely lovely them, i know she shapes the meatballs then rolls in flour, somewhere along the line she breaks an egg adds lemon juice to it (sounds odd to me, but there is a bit of a language barrier) there is also potato's in the dish... can you help as I would like to make for my kids.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted Meatballs in Sour Sauce (Eksili Kofte). I am going to post it in the future with the vegetable one. But you can make your own version just adding potato, carrot, sweet peas etc.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Lydia said...

Hi Binnur,
This is a great website you have here. While living in Turkey, our neighbor lady enjoyed making sarimsakli kofte for us. Do you have the recipe for this?
Thank you!

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lydia,
Yes, I have it:) I am going to post it in the future.

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur, Love your site!! I am planning to cook a Turkish meal for about 80 people and was wondering about portions. If I made Kofte, how many would you suggest making per person? Also on the Kisir recipe how many people will that feed? I plan just to use the recipe and multiply it out. Any suggestions would be helpful. I am trying to keep it simple but still tasting great!! Thank you, Laura

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Laura,
Kofte is 3 bites so I would say 4 Kofte per person. You can serve 2 table spoon full Kisir per person if you are going to fill the plates. I think you can feed about 10 people. If it is going to be buffet it is hard to guess. People always have more and more of it:) You can also make Kidney Bean Salad as a side dish. Here is the address;
Have fun!

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!! We will be serving as buffet would mean making way more food. :) Thanks for the idea of the Kidney Bean Salad. Laura

At 7:59 AM, Blogger lionessg said...

Merhaba Binnuur!
Nasilsin? My boyfriend, Erkan, is coming to visit from Turkiye very soon! I am so excited! I am trying to learn some of his favorite dishes. He was telling me one that his mother used to make for him as a child. Unfortunately she does not speak English and my Turkish is very limited, but getting better! He said it was meatballs layered with potatoes and onion and tomatoes and cooked in the oven. He said she served it over rice, but I think she serves everything with rice! :) Does any of this sound familiar to you? I have finally mastered çay and made quite a nice Kuvu Tava/Guvaç (while I know that the guvaç is the container and the tava is what goes into it I have heard the terms used interchangeably but I'm not sure what is proper!). I am also going to go for borek next. I have made baklava in the past but he refuses to believe that good baklava can be made at home! :)teşekkürler!

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Susan tesekkur ederim iyiyim:).
Sure, I am going to post it very soon:)
As you know we don't use commercial style ovens in our home. So baklava or kebab won't be the same when we make them at home. But it doesn't mean we will give up to have them:) So he will come around when he really wants to miss Baklava and I am sure he is going to love it!

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your site, I have made many of your recipes and they are all delicious. (Lots of good recipes for me to cook for my future husband that will be joining me in Canada. We are getting married in Turkey next month!)

My fiance lives in Adapazari and I had a dish when I was over there called Islama Kofte. It was served with something described to me as "wet bread" from the grill.

I would love to know how to spice the meat and know what flavour/spices are on this bread.

Thank you Binnur again for all your wonderful turkish recipes :)

Bernadette (Berna) in Canada

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Berna,
Thank you:) I am going to post it in the future.

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Andreea said...

Hi Binnur,
First of all I must say you have a wonderful website and I am so glad I found it. I lived in Turkey for 6 years and what I miss most is the tasty Turkish food.
I have 2 questions actually:
1. Do you have the recipe for Kasarli Kofte?
2. I had a dessert one time but i cannot remember it's name. It was with irmik and cinnamon and it was shaped as a dome and inside it had a spoon of icecream. It was absolutely incredible.

Thank you in advance,

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Andreea,
I am going to post them in the future:)

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use your recipes every single day.So far everything I've tried was perfect.
Can you post the recipe for Fırında Kağıt Kebabı.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur.I would like to ask if nohut(chickpeas) is shaped into balls in Turkish cuisine too?or added to a tahin? I heard cheakpeas is very healthy and since i dont know it well,its not used in my native cuisine at all...I was thinking about something like fried balls.For an alternative food for me, I always check your site first!I discover new ingredients and healthy taste here:)

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Yes, we also have Nohut Kofte in our cuisine but I have not post it yet:)

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for a recipe with eggplant, tomato and köfte it is cooked in the oven. The ingredients are lying in a row.
Hope you can help.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ameena ,
I think, it is "Imposition Eggplant Kebab (Dizme Patlican Kebabi)". If it is, I've already posted the recipe under the Kebabs section:)

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have the recipe for "Kasarli Kofte"? I would enjoy to try.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to post it, in the future:)

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With blogs like this around I don't even need website anymore.
I can just visit here and see all the latest happenings in the world.

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur! Do you have the recipe for bulgurlu kofte in yoghurt sauce? The ones without meat. Greetings

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

There is more than one mini bulgur kofte and kofte with meat&bulgur recipes in Turkish cuisine. I don't know which one you ask, but I am going to post them in the future:)

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Kristina said...

Dear Binnur,
Merhaba. I am writing You from USA. I just want to say Thank You so much for saving me, literally. Im Lithuanian woman who married a Turkish man who loves loves loves his Turkish food. My Mother- in law is an amazing cook, so cooking comes with a big responsibility to me as my husband developed a very high standards for food and it's taste.
Because of your recipes I feel confident that the food I cook every night is not only turkish but its delicious as well. I am not lost anymore. Recipes are easy to find and to follow plus you have so many choices. I love that you posted pictures as well.
This is the best cook -book I came a cross.
Great job!!!

At 9:49 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Kristina!! I feel so happy for your lovely comments:)

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Asya said...

Dear Binnur,

Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful family recipes with us! I tried most of them and they always turned out perfect!

I have a question regarding your meatballs recipes, most of them are calling for a mix of lamb and veal. As I'm not a huge fan of lamb or veal, is it possible to substitute these by grounded beef or chicken?

Or is the combo lamb/veal necessary to keep it juicy?



At 8:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tahnk you Asya:)
There is a variety of Kofte recipes in our cuisine. The ingredients make them unique. You can substitute the meat as you like:)


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