Baked Kafta with Potatoes (Kafta Bi-Siniyeh)


June 20, 2022

Recipe provided by Cosette's Kitchen - (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Baked Kafta with Potatoes (Kafta Bi-Siniyeh) | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hrs


Kafta Patties

2 lbs Ground American Lamb

1 cup Onion, diced about 1 medium sized

1 cup Tomatoes, diced 2 medium sized

1/2 cup Chopped flat-leaf parsley - about 1/2 bunch

1 tsp Mixed spice - can sub 7 spice or allspice

2 tsp Kosher salt (1tsp for table salt)

1/2 tsp Black pepper

Kafta Tray & Sauce

12 Completed kafta patties

2 lb Potatoes, mini Yukon gold or traditional Idaho

1 tsp Olive oil

3 large Tomatoes, thick sliced

Additional cherry tomatoes (optional)

1 large Onion, thick sliced

2 1/2 cups Boiling water

2 tbsp Tomato paste

1 tsp Mixed spice, can sub for 7 spice or allspice

1 tsp Paprika

1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt (3/4 tsp table salt), adjust to taste

1 tsp Black pepper


Kafta Patties

1Combine all your kafta patty ingredients into a bowl and using clean hands mix well.

2Form your patties about 3″ wide and 1″ thick, should yield 12 patties total with 2 pounds of lamb.

3Place your patties on a tray and place under broiler (high) for 5-7 minutes, remove and flip, broil for another 5-7 minutes. Set aside.


1If using 1-2″ Yukon gold potatoes (as shown), place on tray drizzle with olive oil and broil just like kafta patties. After 5-7 minutes, shake on tray and roast for another 5-7 minutes.

2If using traditional Idaho potatoes, peel and cut potatoes into 3/4″ thick slices. Drizzle olive oil on tray and lay potato pieces flat, broil. Flip after 5-7 minutes and broil backside.

Kafta Tray + Sauce

1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2Once you have your kafta patties and potatoes broiled, you can begin assembling your kafta tray.

3Place your kafta and potatoes on a large tray, mine is 14″ round. If using potato slices, wedge between your kafta.

4Next, top each kafta with a tomato slice and finally an onion slice.

5To make the sauce, boil 2.5 cups of water (I use the microwave), then add your tomato paste and final spices. You can adjust salt to taste. Pour over your kafta tray.

6Cover your tray with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 60 minutes.

The reason we broil the kafta prior to baking is to release any excess fat from the patties. Be sure to discard the drained fat in the garbage or compost – NOT the sink! I let it sit until it hardens before discarding.

Broiling the potatoes ahead of time allows them to par-cook and ensures they are fully cooked when baking.

If you do not have fresh tomatoes, you can sub whole canned tomatoes for this recipe.

Mixed spice and 7 spice can be found in any Middle Eastern grocery store. You can also find online, click links.