Venison koftas

Three venison koftas on a pita with herbs and tzatziki
Venison koftas are a delicious meal to barbecue for good friends and gatherings. We use oats and fragrant fresh herbs in the koftas for extra texture and flavour.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 5 people


  • Equipment: 10 metal or pre soaked wooden skewers


Venison koftas

To serve


  • In a large bowl mix all venison kofta ingredients until well combined. Leave to sit for 10 minutes (the oats will swell).
  • Divide the kofta mixture into 10 balls and shape into ovals around the skewers.
  • Preheat the barbecue to medium-high heat. Drizzle liberally with oil.
  • Cook koftas on the barbecue for 10 minutes or until well cooked, turning regularly and brushing with oil as needed. Once the koftas are almost done, heat the pitas on the barbecue.
  • To serve, pull koftas off skewers and lay in a pitta. Top with tzatziki, avocado and fresh herbs. Yum!


* As venison is a very lean meat be liberal with oil on the barbecue. If you’re cooking for the whole family then use avocado oil instead of avocado oil with chilli.
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Find out more about New Zealand venison here and check out our venison recipes for inspiration.

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