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Ground Beef Kabobs

Ground Beef Kabobs are like the best burgers on a stick. Tender, juicy and full of flavor. Great for cookouts, tailgating and family gatherings.

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Burgers are on our cookout menu quite often and we wanted to do a twist on classic burgers and they were a huge hit with the whole family.

Grilled Ground Beef Kabobs

Ingredients for Ground Beef Kabobs:

  • Ground Beef
  • Green Chile Rubbrown sugar, onion flakes, green chile powder, granulated garlic, onion powder, dried thyme, kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika and dry mustard
  • Onion
  • Egg
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish

For Dipping:

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platter of beef kabobs & onion rings

How to Grill Ground Beef Kabobs:

bowl with ground beef, egg, diced onion, spices

  • Add ground beef, dry rub, minced onion and an egg to a large bowl and mix well.

ground beef kabobs with wooden skewers ready to cook on a baking sheet

  • Scoop ground beef mixture with a 1/4 cup measure and form into 4 inch rectangles about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Insert a skewer into the center of each and place on a baking sheet.

ground beef skewers with foil in center on a grill

  • Prepare a grill fire to 400° with pecan or hickory chunks for smoke flavor.
  • Place skewers over indirect fire with the grill closed about 8 minutes.

closeup of ground beef kabobs on a grill

  • Flip the kabobs and continue to cook another 5 – 10 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165° using a digital meat thermometer.

ground beef kabobs on a platter with 2 dipping sauces

  • Transfer kabobs to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with burger sauce and barbecue sauce for dipping.

GRILLING FACTS FOR GROUND BEEF KABOBS:

  • Grill: Big Green Egg Large
  • Heat Source: Hardwood Lump Charcoal
  • Wood: Pecan
  • Charcoal Grill Temperature: 400°

Tips for Using Wooden Skewers:

To keep wooden skewers from burning, soak them in water for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you forget to soak them, use this alternative method to keep them from burning. Lay a piece of foil beneath the skewers on the grill and it will deflect the heat and protect the wood or bamboo skewers from flames and burning. Of course you can always use flat metal skewers if you have them.

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Remove beef from skewers and wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a covered skillet with about a tablespoon of water over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, turning about half way through.

Beef kebabs are a great option for ground chuck or lean ground beef, we used a basic 70/30 mixture for this recipe. It’s also a great alternative to burgers and can be served on a long rolls (like hot dog buns) or with warm pita bread.

The oblong patties hold their shape and do not fall apart on the grill or when you are eating them, making them a great hand-held option for feeding a crowd.

More Beef Kabobs Recipes to Try:

Steak and Mushroom Kabobs are a great meal to serve for a summer bbq or a quick weeknight dinner. Hearty and delicious with tons of flavor.

Grilled Steak Kabobs are one of our favorites for summer when we have garden fresh vegetables to add to the grilled beef.

Steak and Potato Kabobs are an entire meal on a stick. This is a dinner that will have the whole family running to the dinner table.

Steak and Cheese Bites are a mini filet mignon kabob for an easy appetizer. Bites of steak with gooey melted cheese served up on a wooden pick.

Kofta Kebabs can include ground beef and a mixture of ground lamb for a Mediterranean dinner that is out of this world delicious. Add a side of tzatziki sauce for dipping.

2 beef kabobs on an oval platter with onion rings and 2 dipping sauces

What to Serve with Ground Beef Kabobs:

Air Fryer Onion Rings were great alongside our kabobs and took the same amount of time to prepare as grilling the skewers. Potato Salad would also be a great make ahead side to add for a cookout.

Grilled Corn on the Cob is a classic side for any meal on the grill and our foil packet recipe with garlic butter makes it irresistible.

Grilled Ranch Potatoes are also a favorite foil packet side that can be made on the grill.

beef kabob dipping into bowl of sauce

Grilled Ground Beef Kabobs are an American version of the middle eastern dish and have so much flavor. They cook quickly on a hot grill and turn out tender and juicy. Sure to become a favorite for your dinner rotation and perfect for nights that you can’t decide what to cook.

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ground beef skewers on a platter
Yield: 4 servings

Ground Beef Kabobs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ground Beef Kabobs are like the best burgers on a stick. Tender, juicy and full of flavor. Great for cookouts, tailgating and family gatherings.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 400° with pecan or hickory chunks for smoke flavor.
  2. Mix ground beef with egg, onion and dry rub in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Use a 1/4 cup measure to divide the beef mixture into portions.
  4. Form into about a 4 x 2 x 1/2 inch oblong patty.
  5. Place a skewer in the center of each patty and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Transfer skewers onto hot grill over indirect fire. Cook with the grill closed about 5- 8 minutes.
  7. Turn skewers and continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 165°.
  8. Remove to a serving platter and garnish with parsley.
  9. Serve with burger sauce and bbq sauce.

Notes

Remove skewers and store leftovers wrapped in plastic wrap or foil, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat in a covered skillet with a tablespoon of water over medium-heat for 5- 8 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 33g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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