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Tekirdağ Köftesi

Tekirdağ Köftesi is perfect for the barbecue and goes well with a variety of accompaniments
Course Köfte
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 180kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 300 g minced beef medium fat
  • ½ large onion grated on fine setting
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 dessert spoon fine semolina
  • 2 sachets baking soda or 2 tsp kabartma tozu
  • 1 heaped tsp thick natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper


  • Add your minced meat to a large bowl, along with the grated onion.
  • Now add the parsley, cumin, chilli flakes, oregano, salt & pepper.
  • Get your hands in there and knead for around 10 minutes.
  • Now add the yoghurt, semolina & baking soda and mix it all together.
  • Once you're happy it's all mixed well, take small golf ball-sized pieces and mould into oblong shapes.
  • If possible, leave to chill in the fridge for an hour or so before cooking.
  • For the barbecue, allow the initial fierce heat to die down before grilling for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your köfte), turning half way through.
  • For the grill, grill on a medium to high heat for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through.


  • We make each individual Tekirdağ Köftesi quite big so they tend to take around 15 minutes to cook.
  • The mixture makes around 16 köfte - obviously, it depends how big you make each köfte.