Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs

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Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs. How to make the most delicious juicy lamb kofta kebabs in the air fryer. Ideal for a quick healthy kebab fix and one of those air fryer beginner recipes that you will want to make time and time again.

air fryer lamb kofta kebabs recipe
Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs Recipe

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Originally posted in 2015 these lamb kebabs are updated with new pictures, improved air fryer recipe and a few other bits and pieces.

Lamb Kebabs In Air Fryer

My love for lamb kebabs was long before we purchased our first air fryer a decade ago. It goes back to when I was 16 years old and had a part time job. I worked Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights in an Indian takeaway and loved the job. It was really easy, and I could do my college work when it was not busy and enjoy free Indian food.

It made me go beyond just having a curry, rice and naan or have snacks other than onion bhajis.

I worked my way through the starter menu and one of those favourites was what I called at the time a sausage kebab. Just because it was shaped like a sausage but had wonderful Indian seasonings and made me want to eat them forever and ever.

It got me hooked on kebabs and I created an air fryer kofta kebab on my first week of owning an air fryer.

Even now all these years later, if I have some spare minced lamb or pork, I will make koftas.

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What’s A Lamb Kofta?

A lamb kofta, is a type of kebab that is popular in Indian, Middle Eastern, Turkish & Greek cuisine. There will often be a debate between the different countries to who created it. To which I always reply with who cares, just enjoy eating it!

Like mentioned earlier, it is shaped like a sausage and it is like you have taken the mixture you have created for meatballs and made into sausage shapes instead.

So, when you want to know what a lamb kofta is, think of it as a meatball shaped like a sausage.

Kabobs In Air Fryer

You might be confused with me calling them kebabs as where you live you might know them as kabobs in air fryer.

Call it a cultural thing, as in different parts of the world we call them different things.

You might call them kebabs, kabobs, kababs, or something else. Either way, note that they are the same thing, taste delicious in the air fryer and are ideal for air fryer beginners.

Even better, if you don’t do lamb, then you could use ground minced beef instead. The choice is yours.

I love ground minced lamb and it always feels a lot more authentic to use lamb in koftas.

What Cut Of Lamb For Kebabs?

Any cut of ground minced lamb will do the trick. Though I prefer lamb that has been minced from either the neck or the shoulder.

I recommend you wait and when your butchers or local supermarket has a deal on minced lamb, that you buy it in bulk.

Portion it up for the freezer and use it for our air fryer lamb kebabs or our air fryer lamb burgers.

How To Cook Air Fryer Lamb Kebabs?

air fryer lamb kofta kebabs step by step

Cooking lamb kofta kebabs in air fryer is one of the EASIEST EVER air fryer recipes.

  1. Load kofta ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix with your hands to make sure the seasoning is mixed in.
  3. Make into air fryer kofta shapes.
  4. Air fry + enjoy.

There is a little bit more to air fryer koftas, but that is the basics.

How Long To Cook Kebabs In Air Fryer?

You will be pleased to know that these medium sized koftas take JUST 16 minutes to cook in the air fryer basket.

The koftas cook on one side for 8 minutes are turned and then cook for a further 8 minutes on the other side.

More Simple Air Fryer Recipes

We love cooking delicious simple food in the air fryer. The easier the better is our motto and here are a few other simple air fryer recipes for you to try next:

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Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs

Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs. How to make the most delicious juicy lamb kofta kebabs in the air fryer. Ideal for a quick healthy kebab fix and one of those air fryer beginner recipes that you will want to make time and time again.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 362kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Lamb Koftas Ingredients:


  • Load kofta ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well with your hands.
    Kabobs In Air Fryer
  • Make into shapes of a thick sausage shaped kebab.
    Kabobs In Air Fryer
  • Place onto kebab skewers or place directly into the air fryer basket. Making sure they are not touching one another and have space to cook without sticking. Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Kabobs In Air Fryer
  • Turn and cook for a further 8 minutes at the same temperature before serving.
    Kabobs In Air Fryer
  • Serve warm with your favourite dipping sauce or with flatbreads.
    Kabobs In Air Fryer


Swaps. If you can’t source ground minced lamb, then you can swap it for beef instead, or use a mix of lamb and beef.
Skewers. I know not everyone has skewers for the air fryer or doesn’t want to use skewers. That is fine, simply load directly into the air fryer basket instead.
Thanks for reading our air fryer lamb kebabs recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love lamb, then I recommend you try our air fryer lamb chops.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Lamb Kofta Kebabs”

  1. 5 stars
    Wow they look fantastic in your recipe so i had to make them and they were delicious, i had mine with some wraps and dip and everyone loved them!

  2. 5 stars
    Just what i was looking for not frozen ones these looked and tasted fantastic, a great triumph of a recipe many thanks, will be back for more recipes.

  3. 5 stars
    The flavours were fantastic. After having a few drinks at home as we cannot go out at the moment we decided to to try these and they were great better than expected.


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