Moroccan Kefta Recipes - Appetizer, Sandwich and Main Dish Ideas

Need a little cooking inspiration with regard to ground meat? These Moroccan kefta recipes will have you changing up your meal plan in a very good way. Kefta can be either ground beef or ground lamb, or a combination of the two. It's usually finely ground and well-seasoned with spices before being cooked.

If you're avoiding red meat, go ahead and use ground chicken or turkey instead.

  • 01 of 10
    kefta kebabs
    Kefta Brochettes. Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr - CC BY 2.0
    This is a good basic recipe to keep on hand for just about any Moroccan dish which calls for kefta. It's especially delicious grilled.
  • 02 of 10
    meatballs and eggs in tagine
    Kefta and Egg Tagine. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    Kefta and eggs are a popular combination in Morocco. Here, they're at their best - with caramelized onions, saucy tomatoes and tangy olives.
  • 03 of 10
    Moroccan meatball tagine with poached eggs
    Kefta Mkaouara - Moroccan Meatball Tagine. Photo © J. Gilman
    This classic Moroccan dish features well-seasoned meatballs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. Eggs are an optional but classic addition.
  • 04 of 10
    mini meatballs and spaghetti
    Moroccan Tomato Sauce with Mini Meatballs. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    This basic Moroccan pasta sauce uses fresh tomatoes and Moroccan spices. Well-seasoned meatballs are an optional, but common addition.
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  • 05 of 10
    stuffed moroccan pancakes
    Stuffed Msemen. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    Stuffed msemen are a filled version of the regular square-shaped rghaif, or folded Moroccan pancake. This recipe makes a slightly zesty ground beef filling.
  • 06 of 10
    burger with tomato
    Moroccan Style Hamburger. Matilda Lindeblad/Stock Food Creative/Getty Images

    Mildly seasoned kefta is used to make a Moroccan style hamburger. Links to homemade hamburger roll and homemade condiment recipes.

  • 07 of 10
    savory fried Moroccan pastries
    Kefta and Vegetable Briouats. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    These crispy Moroccan pastries are made with a tasty combination of ground meat and veggies. Although usually served as an appetizer or side, they can also be presented as a main dish.
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    fried Morccan pastries
    Moroccan Briouats. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    These fried Moroccan pastries are filled with a zesty ground beef filling. Make them as spicy as you like.
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  • 09 of 10
    savory fried triangular pastries
    Moroccan Kefta Briouats. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    This is the traditional, mildly seasoned ground beef filling for the Moroccan pastries known as briouats. The pastries can be folded into triangles or cylinders before being fried.
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    stuffed sandwich rolls
    Moroccan Stuffed Sandwich Rolls. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Soft sadwich rolls are stuffed with a seasoned ground beef and olive filling. Shape them small for tea time or Ramadan fare.