Lebanese Beef Kafta Dogs

Lebanese Beef Kafta Dogs - A 20-minute weeknight meal! A hot dog-style version of beef kafta, topped with Greek yogurt sauce, cucumber and tomato. | foxeslovelemons.com

Have you ever met or seen someone that you feel might be your long lost sibling? Or just the opposite-sex version of you? For me, that person is Jeff Mauro, i.e. “The Sandwich King” on the Food Network. As soon as we saw him on “The Next Food Network Star,” my husband and I immediately noticed how similar he was to me – a love of sandwiches and turning all types of food into sandwiches, an oddball demeanor in the kitchen, and a really strange sense of humor that isn’t for everyone. When we watch his show on weekend mornings, we often just laugh about the fact that my male counterpart scored a Food Network show.

Lebanese Beef Kafta Dogs - A 20-minute weeknight meal! A hot dog-style version of beef kafta, topped with Greek yogurt sauce, cucumber and tomato. | foxeslovelemons.com

Oh, and we have a similar food sensibility, as all of The Sandwich King’s recipes are to die for, even if they can be a bit labor intensive and time consuming. We’ve tried several of them, our favorite being my adaptation of Greek Taco Wraps. For today’s #WeekdaySupper, sponsored by  The Beef Checkoff, I thought I would adapt Jeff Mauro’s Kefta Dog with Roasted Tomatoes, Ballpark Style into a quick weeknight meal made with ground beef. While the original recipe requires 25 minutes of prep time plus 1 hour, 40 minutes of cook time (!!!), my version can be prepared in just about 20 minutes.

Kofta/kefta/kafta is a Middle Eastern meatball or skewer, usually consisting of beef or lamb mixed with onion and spices. In my recipe, versatile ground beef is flavored with just enough onion, garlic, herbs and spices to give it some extra flavor, but not too much so that you can’t taste the great flavor of the meat itself. Instead of shaping the beef onto skewers, I skipped the skewers and formed the meat into hot dog-shaped logs. After a quick trip to the grill, I finished the beef kafta dogs with a simple Greek yogurt sauce, cucumber and tomatoes.

Lebanese Beef Kafta Dogs - A 20-minute weeknight meal! A hot dog-style version of beef kafta, topped with Greek yogurt sauce, cucumber and tomato. | foxeslovelemons.com

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Lebanese Beef Kafta Dogs

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes


For the Beef Kafta Dogs:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper

For Serving:

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced


  1. Make Beef Kafta Dogs: Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In large bowl, mix garlic, beef, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 portions; shape each portion into a 5- to 6-inch-long hot-dog shaped log.
  2. Transfer kafta dogs to grill and cook 6 to 8 minutes for medium doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, make Yogurt Sauce: In small bowl, stir together lemon juice, yogurt, lemon zest, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Serve Beef Kafta Dogs in hot dog buns with Yogurt Sauce, cucumber and tomato.

Adapted from Jeff Mauro.

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8403137561_3bf910954c_oMake sure you check out this week’s other easy #WeekdaySupper recipes!
Tuesday – Skirt Steak Tacos with Roasted Peppers by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Wednesday – Impossible Lasagna Pie by Shockingly Delicious
Thursday –  Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry by Magnolia Days
Friday – Spicy Steak & Cheese Panini by Momma’s Meals



This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. 



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  1. Love it Lori! All those great flavors. Best “dog” I’ve seen in a while.

  2. I can not wait to make these for my family!!

  3. I want YOUR version! This looks GREAT! 

  4. This was like a Mediterranean explosion in your mouth . . . I was very impressed with the homemade kafta specifically.  It was nice to eat one of your favorite dishes in sandwich form.  Mmmmmm. 

  5. Take away the bun and yogurt and it’s a perfect whole30 meal (I’m totally making it this month and next month I’m adding the rest of it back in! 

  6. I love this. I just started getting into Kafta and using it in place of a hot dog is GENIUS. I may have to look up at that show just so I can see your male twin! 🙂

    • Haha yeah, Sandwich King is usually on Saturday mornings, but it may be on hiatus right now, between seasons, and I don’t think I’ve seen it in awhile. Jeff Mauro is also on “The Kitchen” on Food Network, which is on both Saturday AND Sunday mornings 🙂

  7. Oh, YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a brilliant idea.  I pretty much hate hot dogs – won’t eat them, but these – I really want these.  In looking at the spicing I am very happy to see that you use more coriander than cumin, so the ‘dogs’ will have a mellow, balanced flavor.  Really looking forward to making these.

    • Yeah, I really dig coriander! Such a bright flavor. it almost reminds me of lemon juice in a way, and I love the way it balances with cumin.

  8. Now that you mention it, you’re totally the female version of Jeff! I remember watching that season. I rooted for him the whole way. He just seemed like such a nice guy and his concept was perfect (who doesn’t love sandwiches?! I don’t want to be acquainted with those people). Your beef kafta hot dogs look delicious! Ain’t nobody got time to cook for 2 hours on a busy weekday. I love how easy and quick this is to throw together.

    • Haha yeah, I think if I had a Food Network show, it totally would have been about sandwiches. He beat me to it, but that’s totally fine. I don’t really want to be on TV anyway. I’d be 100% awkward, and not in the hilarious, funny way he is. 

  9. Mouthwatering! I love Greek yogurt in buns and sandwiches like this 🙂

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  10. Love the idea of this kafta dog. I wish I owned a grill but am going to give this a go by baking the meat in the oven. Any tips would be great

    • Hi Sandy! So glad you like this recipe. You can definitely make the kafta dogs in the oven. I would put them on a rimmed baking pan and bake at 350 degrees. Baking time will depend on how thick you shape them, but I would start with 15-20 minutes. If you have a probe thermometer, you’ll want to cook them until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. If you don’t have a thermometer, you could cut one open and take a peak inside to see if it’s done. I figure by the time you put it in a bun with all the toppings anyway, nobody will know it was cut 😉 Good luck!

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