Kofta wrap on a striped plate over a cutting board.

You’ve got to try this Low-Carb Beef Kofta Wrap. Juicy kofta patties are topped with grilled halloumi cheese, red onion, parsley, cucumber, sumac, and a creamy cucumber dill yogurt dip that’s all wrapped up in low-carb pita bread. It’s so easy and oh so good.

Kofta wrap on a striped plate over a cutting board.

Ground Beef Kofta Wrap

These can be called kafta, kefta, koftas, or kebabs, depending on where you are. Kofta is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of ground meat, herbs, and spices. It’s typically grilled on skewers or formed into patties and grilled. 

In this recipe, I used ground beef and marinated it in a delicious mixture of red onions, garlic, fresh parsley, pistachios, and a spice blend packed with an insane level of Middle Eastern flavor.

You’re going to fall in love with the combination of beef, halloumi, and zingy yogurt sauce, and it’s one of the best keto beef recipes to make for an easy meal prep every day of the week. 

A plate of the kofta wrap on a gray marble surface.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Enjoy delicious Middle Eastern food without worrying about carbs.
  • A versatile recipe that you can easily customize to your liking.
  • Great for meal prep so you can eat a healthy meal every day of the week.
  • The kofta meatballs come out so flavorful and delicious.

Featured Ingredients

  • Red Onion: Red onion makes a flavorful base for the kofta mixture.
  • Pistachios: pistachios add a salty, nutty element to the kofta that is super special.
  • Fresh Parsley: adds a freshness that helps balance out all the savory notes.
  • Ground Beef: use whatever type of beef you’d like.
  • Greek Yogurt: a creamy base for the cucumber dill yogurt dip.
  • Fresh Dill: you’ve got to love the taste of dill in Mediterranean cuisine! 
  • Persian Cucumber: Persian cucumbers are known to be crunchier and have fewer seeds.
  • Halloumi Cheese: this cheese takes this kofta wrap to the next level.
  • Sumac: a staple in Middle Eastern recipes. Don’t skip it!

Variations and Substitutions

Ground Beef: I used ground beef, but you can use a mixture of ground beef or lamb if you want to add even more flavor.

Persian Cucumber: If you can’t get your hands on a Persian cucumber, that’s alright. Any other kind of cucumber works, too!

Halloumi Cheese: Feel free to use your favorite kind of cheese here. Whatever you think sounds tasty!

Toppings: Other tasty toppings include fresh herbs, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, lemon tahini, or fresh veggies like chopped zucchini or sliced tomato.

How to Make Keto Beef Koftas

The steps are simple, and I’m outlining them below, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the full, printable recipe card. You can also watch how it comes together in my Instagram reel!

The kofta wrap on a blue striped plate with toppings.

STEP 1 – MARINATE BEEF

In a food processor, pulse together the red onion, 4-6 garlic cloves, pistachios, and a large handful of fresh parsley. Add the ground beef to a large bowl and top it with the marinade. 

Then add a couple pinches of salt, paprika, cumin, 1 1/2-2 tablespoons sumac, and ground pepper. Mix very well, cover, and let it soak up the flavors for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, 2-4 hours.

STEP 2 – COOK KOFTAS

When you’re ready to make them, use your fingers/hands to roll them into logs, into patties, or whatever shape you prefer. You can grill these, or if you don’t have one, pan-fry them on medium-high heat until they develop a nice crust on all sides. 

Pro Tip: The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your kofta patties.

Kofta being cooked in a pan for kofta wrap recipe.

STEP 3 – MAKE SAUCE 

Next, add the Greek yogurt to a bowl. Then add sea salt, ground pepper, lemon juice, 1-2 minced/grated garlic cloves, fresh dill, and Persian cucumber. Mix together, give it a taste, and adjust the flavors as needed. 

Ingredients for kofta wrap sauce.

STEP 4 – GRILL CHEESE

Once your cucumber yogurt sauce is made, slice some grilled halloumi cheese and grill until golden brown on both sides.

STEP 5 – ASSEMBLE & SERVE

Put it all together by adding 1-2 tablespoons of the cucumber yogurt, add a few kaftas, top with two slices of halloumi, then top with some of the remaining red onion, cucumber, parsley, and sumac.

ENJOY!

FAQ

What is the difference between beef kebab and kofta?

While both are made from meat and cooked on skewers, there are some key differences between beef kebab and kofta. Traditional beef kebabs are typically made with cubed meat of any variety, while Kofta is made with ground beef or lamb.

Kebabs also have a chunkier texture, while kofta has a softer, almost melt-in-your-mouth texture due to the ground meat. Both dishes contain similar spices and herbs, but Kebabs tend to have a smoky and charred flavor from being grilled over an open flame, while kofta has a more robust and spicier flavor.

What is beef kofta made of?

Koftas are typically made with ground beef or lamb. The ground meat is mixed with diced onion and various spices and herbs, including onion, garlic, coriander, and cumin. 

A serving of the kofta wrap on a blue striped plate.

What pairs well with kofta wraps?

Other great dishes that taste delicious with these kofta wraps are tzatziki sauce, hummus, and mutabal dip. These dips are perfect for dipping the wraps in or spreading on top.

For a complete meal, you can serve these kofta wraps with a Mediterranean cucumber salad. The freshness of the vegetables in the salad pairs well with the flavorful koftas. You also can’t go wrong with my Thomas Keller zucchini, cauliflower tabbouleh, or whole roasted cauliflower.

Storage

To keep all the ingredients fresher for longer, store your ground beef kefta, yogurt dip, halloumi, and toppings separately in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

We only recommend freezing the kofta patties. Place the kofta in a freezer-safe, airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months

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Yield: 4-8 servings

Low-Carb Beef Kofta Wrap

Kofta wrap on a striped plate over a cutting board.

You're going to fall in love with these low-carb kofta wraps. With a combination of beef, halloumi, and zingy yogurt sauce, it's great for an easy meal prep every day of the week. 

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 large red onion, chopped
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1 large handful fresh parsley
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or mixture of beef/lamb)
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons sumac
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Halloumi cheese, sliced
  • Low-carb pitas
  • Toppings of choice, like sliced cucumber, red onion, fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the red onion, garlic cloves, pistachios, and parsley to make the thick marinade mixture.
  2. Add the ground beef to a large bowl and top it with the marinade. Add salt, paprika, cumin, sumac, and ground pepper. Mix very well, cover, and let it soak up the flavors for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, 2-4 hours.
  3. Use your hands to roll the meat into logs, into patties, or whatever shape you prefer. You can grill these or pan-fry them on medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side. They should develop a nice crust on all sides. The time will vary based on the thickness and shape of the koftas.
  4. To make the yogurt sauce, add the Greek yogurt to a bowl. Then add sea salt, ground pepper, lemon juice, grated garlic cloves, fresh dill, and grated cucumber. Mix together, give it a taste, and adjust.
  5. Slice some grilled halloumi cheese and grill (or pan-fry) until golden brown on both sides.
  6. To assemble the wraps, add 1-2 tablespoons of the cucumber yogurt to your low-carb pitas. Add a few kaftas, top with two slices of halloumi, then top with some of the remaining red onion, cucumber, parsley, and sumac.

Notes

To keep all the ingredients fresher for longer, store your ground beef kefta, yogurt dip, halloumi, and toppings separately in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

We only recommend freezing the kofta patties. Place the kofta in a freezer-safe, airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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