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Ground Beef Kebabs

This recipe for easy ground beef kebabs has become my go-to when having people over. They are the perfect side because they pair well with pulao and biryani, but can also be enjoyed with any gravy dish and chapati.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Pakistani Cuisine
Servings 4


  • ½ medium-sized yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro roughly chopped
  • 2 Thai bird’s eye chilies roughly chopped
  • 1.1 lb ground beef drained
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder preferably Kashmiri
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Put the roughly chopped onions, cilantro, and chilies in a food processor and grind till fine.
  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add salt and ground spices (garam masala powder, red chili powder, black pepper, cumin powder) and mix well.
  • Add the onion-cilantro mixture, crushed ginger and garlic, lime juice and olive oil to the ground beef. Mix well.
  • Take fistfuls of the mixture, and begin to shape into little patties.
  • Grill Instructions: If you are using the grill, make sure you heat it up well. The time will depend on whether you are using a charcoal or gas grill. Once hot, place kebabs on the grill and cook each side for 4-6 minutes.
  • Oven Instructions: If you want to prepare them in the oven, pre-heat it to 450 F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and grease it. Place kebabs on it and then insert the sheet pan into the center rack of the oven. Set it to broil on high heat for 10 – 15 minutes depending on how well done you like them to be (I set them for 12 minutes).
Keyword beef, ground meat