When I was a kid, before deciding I’d never eat meat again, we used to have kofta all the time. So, this vegan kofta with tzatziki is a meal after my own heart. It is so easy and so good, you’ll want it all the time. I used vegan beef and spices to mimic the classic flavors of kofta. Baked the skewers first, then put them on the grill. Not only is this vegan kofta delicious for all year, this is a great summer recipe since it is grilling season. I baked them first since they are not quite as firm as real ground beef would be. Then, once they are firm, you can throw them on the grill with some veggies if you want.
What You Need For This Plant-Based Kofta:
- Vegan Beef: I used Beyond Beef.
- Red Onion and Garlic: These are grated for maximum flavor distribution.
- Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Oregano, Cinnamon, Dill and Mint: These create the perfect flavor for our vegan kofta.
- Vegan Greek Style Yogurt: For the base of our tzatziki sauce! I like to use Kite Hill Greek Style Plain Yogurt.
- Cucumber: I grate this as well into the yogurt. I like the consistency better than just sliced cucumbers.
- Lemon Juice and Zest: For a nice tang in the sauce.
- Za’atar Seasoning: I add this to the sauce too, but it is optional. However, I absolutely love it!
This kofta is best served with some warmed flatbread, lettuce, tomatoes if you like, maybe some hummus and this amazing tzatziki. This recipe comes together in no time and can feed a lot. You can double up on the recipe very easily too, if you are grilling for a crowd. You don’t have to have a grill to make these, you can use a grill pan if you want, or just serve after baking. They won’t have as much color on them if you don’t grill them, but they are still amazing.
Why Should You Make These Amazing Skewers?
- Super easy!
- They are seriously incredible.
- The tzatziki, my gosh the tzatziki!
- They are cook really fast.
- Anything that can be served with warm flatbread is perfection in my book.
Vegan Kofta with Tzatziki
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees(F).
- In a large mixing bowl, add the vegan ground beef, grated onion and garlic, the fresh herbs and all the spices. Mix everything together, so it is completely combined. I start with a spoon and then use my hands.
- Divide the kofta mixture into 6 equal portions. Take one portion and wrap it around one of the skewers that you soaked. Pressing around evenly so that is a cylinder up the skewer. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Repeat with the remaining kofta mixture, placing all the skewers on the sheet pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are nice and firm.
- While the kofta bakes, make the tzatziki. Add all the tzatziki ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set in the fridge until ready to use.
- Once the kofta has baked, remove from the oven and grill either on a grill pan or a grill for 1-2 minutes on each side, just to brown up. Or you can serve them as is, if you don't have a grill or grill pan.
- Serve immediately with the tzatziki sauce, flatbread and veggies if desired.