Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Serves 8, plus leftovers

How to Make It

Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl just until combined (overmixing may toughen the meat).

Step 2

Gently squeeze meat around 10-in. metal skewers to form log-shaped kebabs, each about 8 in. long. Put kebabs on baking sheet. Cover sheet with plastic wrap and, if you have time, chill 30 minutes to let flavors meld and firm up meat.

Step 3

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds) and grill kebabs, turning twice, until grill marks appear and meat feels firm, 8 minutes total. Sprinkle with parsley.

Step 4

Make ahead: Make kebabs through step 2 and chill up to 1 day ahead.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

BreeMc's Review

August 15, 2014
Love this recipe! Make sure your grill is well-oiled and I try to only turn once to help them from falling apart. So good though.

kamrhein's Review

October 10, 2009
This recipe is wonderful. I scaled down the meat to 2lbs and we didn't bother to skewer the meat, shaping instead into logs and bbqing that way. We will probably just do patties next time for convenience. Be sure to make the bulgur pilaf and save some leftovers for the bulgar kebab burritos - delicious!

MiShawn's Review

September 26, 2009
This was a good, delicious meal. Because my boyfriend eats meat and I don't, I split the meal in half: 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb. ground soy "meat." It turned out great! We both enjoyed our own style of meat. I also grilled it on an electric, indoor grill and it was fine. I made it with the side dishes that were also included in this Sunset article: Greek Salad and Bulgar Wheat with Spinach (except I used Cous-Cous). I would prepare this again.

KippyK's Review

October 11, 2009
Mine fell apart also on the skewers. Making patties is a much better idea. They are very moist with interesting flavors. I paired it with some chutney and loved it.

summerhomepark's Review

January 27, 2010
Amazing recipe for a delicious dish. These are scrumptious kebabs. Incredible blend of flavors. Goes so well with the suggested Greek salad and the bulgar. Every time I've made this dinner, my wife (and mother-in-law and my toddler son) have been blown away. I will continue to make this dish. It's easy but also appropriate for special occasions.

kmccracken's Review

May 10, 2010
Love the seasoning of the meat--didn't have to adjust them at all. I've tried this with 1/2 lamb 1/2 beef and also with ground turkey and it's great any which way. Didn't have any issues with the skewers (I used wooden instead of metal) and out of convenience ended up baking them instead of grilling.

Smati0828's Review

July 16, 2013
Love this recipe! I'm Armenian and this is the best I've had. I pretty much double the spices and it turns out delish!

AHMiller's Review

September 21, 2009
Good flavor, but could not get the meat to stay on the skewer even after chilling. We made patties instead. The only change I made in the ingredients was scaling it down to make with 1 lb. of meat

Crowd pleaser

August 02, 2015
Grilled these today at a family barbeque. I mixed 2pounds ground lamb with 1 pound of ground turkey. Everyone loved them. There were no leftovers to take home. Next time I make them, I will try them with a yogurt sauce.