Easter Barbecue with a Twist

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Hayley Bisofsky Pope
Cornwall dweller, lifestyle blogger and founder of The Little Naturalists Club
4 April 2023

If you fancy doing something a little different this Easter, try this super simple yet exquisite barbecue idea. When we made this on the beach, a couple couldn't resist coming over to see what we were cooking. The aromatic spices used in this lamb kofta recipe are already pantry staples, but the fragrance when it's cooking is clearly intoxicating enough to lure strangers over! The hallmark of a great recipe in my books.

It’s an incredibly easy recipe that takes a little bit of preparation at home, seconds to assemble on the beach and mere moments to cook. It’s full of the colours of spring and the palate is exotic and warming.

You will need:


500g lamb mince

100g breadcrumbs

1/2 white onion grated or minced in a blender (not too mushy) 

1 egg 

3 garlic cloves 

1/2 cup chopped coriander

2 tbsp of toasted pine nuts roughly chopped 


2 tsp cumin 

2 tsp coriander 

2 tsp paprika 

1tsp cinnamon 

2tsp salt 

1tsp black pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine
  2. Place in a sealable pot and leave this in the fridge until you’re heading to the beach
  3. Once there, light your barbecue, then take handfuls of the mix and squeeze it onto kebab sticks forming long sausage-shapes. If you get to the beach and realise that you’ve forgotten the kebab sticks, fear not, you can simply form them into small flattened ball-like patties
  4. Cook these on the barbecue for two minutes on each side or until golden brown. Now you’ll understand what I said about the intoxicating smell!
  5. Try serving with some of the suggestions below 

Serving suggestions:

The opportunities are endless on how to serve these! My children eat them straight off the stick, whereas I prefer to pop the balls into an open pitta or roll them into a flatbread. They work exceptionally well with a cooling yogurt dip that has garlic, cucumber, mint and lemon in it, or equally well with a pot of flavoured hummus. You can add a handful of prepared bagged salad or stick with the Middle Eastern theme and add a colourful pickled slaw and couscous. My absolute favourite is to pair them with a lively Tabbouleh salad and tart Labneh, and if you fancy it, a slice or two of delicious, grilled halloumi cheese. Beautiful!