Grilled Beef Kebab

Grilled Beef Kebab skewers cooking on the gill along with pita bread.

This is a wonderful family meal that gives you an opportunity to cook ground beef on the grill. Instead of a burger, it is a grilled beef kebab. The kebabs are wrapped in pita bread and topped with homemade slaw and cooling yogurt sauce. 

Using high-quality lean ground beef keeps the meat together without a binder, and not having a lot of rendering fat reduces flare-ups. This has become a family favorite, where we get to try some new flavors and mix and match the toppings we add to the wrap.

To see more about this recipe see the article in Seattle Met supported by Laura’s Lean Meat – “Barbecue Champion Creates Kid and Parent Approved Kebabs with Laura’s Lean Beef

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Grilled Beef Kebabs have just been placed on the grill.
The Grilled Beef Kebab are cooked on a medium heat grill, too hot and the meat will crack and fall off the skewers.
A plate of Grilled Beef Kebabs are served in a pita with accompaniments.
A kebab is more than just the skewer. All the various elements combine to make a kebab.
Fully cooked Grilled Beef Kebabs rest waiting to be served.
Cook the skewers slowly so the meat doesn’t shrink and fall off the stick.
Grilled Beef Kebab skewers cooking on the gill along with pita bread.
As the grilled beef kebabs finish cooking add the pita bread to heat up.

Grilled Beef Kebab Recipe

Grilled Beef Kebab skewers cooking on the gill along with pita bread.
This is a wonderful family meal that gives you an opportunity to cook ground beef on the grill. Instead of a burger, it is a Grilled Beef Kebab.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 50 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
InfluenceMiddle East
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Meat Kabob

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Yogurt Sauce

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cucumber finely diced


  • 2 cups cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1 lemon juiced

To Serve

  • 4 flatbreads such as pita
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander)


  • 6 skewers


Meat Kabob

  • Combine the ground beef, salt cumin, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, garlic, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until well combined.
  • Rest the beef kabob mixture in a cooler while you prepare the rest of the ingredients so the flavors can infuse together.

Yogurt Sauce

  • Combine the yogurt, garlic, and cucumber in a bowl. Place in a cooler for the flavors to meld until ready to serve.


  • Combine the cabbage, carrots, and lemon juice to create a simple salad.

To Cook

  • Light the grill and preheat to a medium temperature.
  • Divide the meat into 4 even portions, then gently wrap the beef mixture around each skewer.
  • Gently place the kebob skewers on the grill and let slowly cook.
    Tip: To cook the beef all the way through it needs to be a gentle heat so the outside doesn’t overcook, while the inside remains raw. This also helps keep the ground beef from falling apart and off the stick.
  • When the first side is browned and cooked partway through, turn and cook the other side. The kebob needs to be cooked through or to a temperature of at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

To Serve

  • Layout the flatbread. Top with the simple slaw, tomato, cilantro, and the cooked kebob removed from the skewer. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 41gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2620IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 5mg

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