This is so easy and DELICIOUS that it was easy to prepare even after a long and exhausting day at work. I grabbed this recipe from the Cooking Light’s Quick & Easy section and was not disappointed. This recipe is also very easy to modify: I actually forgot to add an egg to the meat and everything came out amazing. So you could easily halve this and omit the egg without any worries. I discovered another trick: if your patties catch on fire in the broiler, they are even better, plus it’s like a mini-adventure in your kitchen. The char not only accented the beef, but carmelized some of the big chunks of onion. Lastly, the leftover patties were GREAT, just microwave for a minute. Today I packed a mini container of labneh, pre-sliced up my veggies, and then assembled the sandwich fresh at work. Easy.
Get yourself 1 pound lean ground beef (or lamb!) and mix in: 1 lightly beaten egg (or not!), 1/2 chopped white onion, 1/3c. breadcrumbs (I used panko to good effect!), 1/4c chopped fresh mint, 2T tomato paste, 1-2 cloves minced garlic , shake in some combination of salt, cumin, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, and allspice.
Shape into 8 patties, and broil for 4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, dress 1/2 pitas with plain yogurt (I highly recommend either Greek yogurt or labneh, which should be a staple of any kitchen), sliced roma tomatoes and cucumbers. Awkwardly stuff giant kofte ball in sandwich, at which time your pita bread will start to break, but you won’t care because this is such an amazingly delicious and perfect meal. I ate my inaugural kofte w/ tabouleh and olives: