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Grilled Lamb and Beef Koobideh Kebabs

For my Grilled Lamb and Beef Koobideh I use ground lamb and beef, shredded onion, spices, parsley and before grilling they get a basting of saffron butter.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: beef kebabs, grilled lamb kebabs, ground lamb and beef kebabs, koobideh kebab recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 145kcal


  • 1 medium yellow onions peeled and grated
  • 1 ⁄2 lb ground lamb
  • 1 ⁄2 lb ground sirloin
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 ⁄4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp. butter melted
  • Ground sumac optional
  • 1 lemon optional


  • Either use a cheese grater or food processor, but grate the onions and drain in a sieve set over a bowl for at least 2 hours. Squeeze the grated onions to release any leftover juice and place in a large bowl. Discard onion juice or save for soup or other use.
  • To the bowl add the ground beef and lamb, shredded onions, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, parsley, kosher salt, pepper, turmeric, and paprika, and mix well. Divide meat mixture evenly into eighths and form the meat into 8 large flat wide metal skewers, molding and flattening meat around skewer to make each kebab about 8" long. If not using skewers, shape meat into eight 8" hotdog/sausages. Set kebabs aside. This can be grilled right away or allowed to marinate overnight.
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat, add saffron threads, and swirl threads around pan for 30 seconds to lightly toast. In a small bowl crush the saffron and then add 1 tablespoon boiling water and stir in butter.
  • Brush the kebabs with saffron butter. At this point you can cover and refrigerate until ready to grill, or place the skewered kebabs on 350°F grill and cook until browned on each side and cooked through, 3–4 minutes per side. Brush the kebabs with remaining saffron butter and sprinkle with a little ground sumac.
  • Slide kebabs off skewers and serve with steamed rice and a squeeze of fresh lemon.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 39.6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.9mg