Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco’s most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It’s delicious served with ratatouille.

Nutirion Profile: Low Carb

Serves Prep Time Total Time
4 35 min 1 hr 35 min



  • 8 ounces ground beef, 90%-lean or leaner
  • 8 ounces ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Harissa, (see Ingredient Note) for serving

Cooking Instruction

Step 1

Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently combine until incorporated. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 2

Transfer the meat to a colander and press to squeeze out excess moisture. Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with oil, cilantro, parsley, 1 tablespoon cumin, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.

Step 3

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it.

Step 4

Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack.

Step 5

Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with additional cumin and harissa, if desired.


  • Serving: Per serving
  • Calories: 354
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Potassium: 385mg
  • Sodium: 607mg
  • Exchanges: 3 1/2 medium-fat meat, 2 fat
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

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