KABOB KOOBIDEH | GRILLED MINCED MEAT KABOB
Yields 10 kabobs. Serves about 4, (2+ kabobs per person)
You will need:
charcoal grill prepared with hot coals or a gas grill preheated to high
Ten 1-inch wide stainless steel skewers (available in most Persian or
Middle Eastern markets)
Narrow skewers or metal grilling basket for grilling the vegetables
Recipe type: Kabob/Chelokabob (Rice & Kabob)
1 ½ pounds ground beef (80-85% lean)
1 pound ground lamb (80-85% lean)
1 ½ medium yellow onions, quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sumac (sold at the Middle Eastern markets)
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp turmeric powder
¼ cup butter, melted (for brushing over the kabobs after grilling)
FOR THE GRILLED VEGETABLES
4 ripe but firm Roma tomatoes
1 large green bell pepper, stem removed, deseeded and quartered
Olive oil to brush the vegetables with before grilling
1. You will need ten 1-inch metal skewers.
2. For best results the meat should be fresh (not previously frozen) and at room temperature.
3. Finely chop the onion pieces in a food processor until very juicy. Place a fine metal mesh over a bowl
and strain the processed onion by pressing it with a spatula. Discard the juice.
4. Add the remaining onion pulp to a medium bowl.
5. Add the ground beef and lamb, minced garlic, salt, spices and egg to the bowl. Knead all of the
ingredients for several minutes until the mixture is paste like and sticks together without falling apart.
6. Fill up a small bowl with tap water, this is for wetting your fingers so the meat does not stick to them
when you are making the kabobs.
7. Divide the meat into 10 equal balls.
8. Get one of the balls of meat in the palm of your hand, place the skewer on top of it and squeeze the
meat around the skewer. Once you make sure that meat is not going to fall off, start squeezing it from
top to bottom and cover the middle section of the skewer. Leave the top and bottom of the skewer clear. Wet your fingers with the tap water and keep squeezing and spreading the meat evenly around the
skewer. The meat should be about ½ inch thick all around the skewer.
9. Set the skewer gently on a shallow baking sheet with sides, so the meat does not touch the floor of the
baking sheet. Continue making the rest of the kabobs. At this point the uncooked kabobs can sit over
the counter while you get the grill ready.
10. To Grill Kabob Koobideh: You will need two square metal pipes that you will place parallel to each other
on top and bottom of the cooking grate of your grill lengthwise. The top pipe is for placing the tip of the
skewers and the bottom one is for the handles. This is so the skewers are raised and the meat does not
touch the hot grate, otherwise it will stick and fall right off.
11. The coals are ready when they are gray and covered with ash.
12. If you’re grilling vegetables it is always better to skewer them separate from the kabobs. I use thinner
skewers for the vegetables because if the skewers are too wide the turgid vegetables such as green
peppers will tear and fall apart.
13. The vegetables take longer to grill than the meat, so if the space is limited, grill the vegetables first and
keep them warm under an aluminum foil. If there is enough grilling surface start grilling the veggies first
and halfway through grilling, start the kabobs.
14. Place as many kabob skewers as you can fit on the grill, leave some space between them. As soon as
you are done arranging all the skewers, start turning the first skewer and keep turning the rest in the
order that you have placed them on the grill. The reason for this quick turning is to cook both sides of
the kabobs for a short time so the meat cooks and firms up all around and does not fall off the skewer.
Do not overcook the kabobs because they are thin and