Bison Kofta Kebabs

A common food in Middle East is food on a pita. Whether it is a shawarma, gyro or doner, I love this regions handheld ‘pocket’ food. One of my favourite things to eat is one of the more common Persian dishes. It is called a kofta kebab and it is essentially a long meatball grilled on a skewer. What makes this dish truly unique is the amazing blend of spices, ranging from ginger, cumin, coriander and fresh parsley and mint. Each bite is an experience and these kofta kebabs are great on rice, with a salad, tzatziki, or thrown in a pita for an awesome sandwich wrap.


1 pound ground bison
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup mint, finely chopped
1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander seed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 whole finger chili, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Olive oil, for brushing the grill
Flat bread, for serving (optional)


1. Mix the bison, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, coriander, cumin, chili, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.

2. Divide the mixture into 6 roughly even balls. Mold each ball around the pointed end of a skewer, making an oval kebab that comes to a point just covering the tip of the skewer. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 15 minutes before threading them.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat or prepare a grill. Brush the pan lightly with olive oil. Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, until brown all over and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with tzatziki sauce, flat bread and a nice salad.