30-Minute Grilled Moroccan Kefta (Brochettes)

a plate of Moroccan grilled kefta

This Grilled Moroccan Kefta, also sometimes called Brochettes, is made in just 30 minutes with a blend of ground beef or lamb, onion, paprika, cumin, and fresh herbs. Known globally for its bold flavor, juicy texture, and easy-to-eat skewered appearance, this recipe makes a wonderful appetizer or entree served with bread, salad, and rice.

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, North African, Mediterannean, African
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb, 10% or more fat
  • 1 small red onion, minced finely
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well with your hands for at least 5 minutes to combine everything well.
  2. Refrigerate. Cover & chill in the fridge for 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Skewer the meat & prep the grill. Using your hands, grab a ball of the ground beef and wrap around the skewers, one at a time, until all of the meat is on the skewers. Heat the grill to medium high heat.
  4. Grill. Grill the skewers, turning every few minutes to prevent burning. Cook for a few minutes on each side, or until they develop a grill marks and brown significantly all around.
  5. Enjoy. Garnish with additional fresh herbs and a sprinkle of parsley (optional). Enjoy with bread, salads, and/or on their own!


Important: If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak in water for at least 1 hour to prevent burning.

Keywords: kefta, Moroccan kefta, kofta