These Moroccan ground beef kebabs are as easy as 1-2-3. Combine the ingredients together, skewer them, and grill them to perfection. Minced beef kebabs cook fairly quickly, so these take barely 5 to 6 minutes on the grill. Serve them with flavored rice or pita bread and tahini. Don't forget to serve some homemade hummus and aromatic salads for that full Middle-Eastern experience.
Makes 8 to 10 skewers
1lb(500g)Ground beef25% fat or 75% lean
1cupOnion finely chopped
4largeGarlic clovesfinely minced
1teaspoonPaprika or cayenne pepper
1cupParsley, cilantro, mint chopped I used all three but any two works too
10bambooSkewerssoaked in water for 30 minutes
¼cupCooking oil for grilling
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Combine - In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Pro tip - We combine all the ingredients before processing to prevent overprocessing.
Process - Transfer the mixture to the food processor and pulse no more than 8 to 10 times. Pro tip - processing in the food processor makes the mixture slightly stick by distributing the fat. This helps the meat and marinade hold together.
Marinate - Transfer the meat back to the bow and leave to marinate for 15 minutes on the counter or up to overnight in the fridge. Pro tip - Alternatively, you can thread the meat on the skewers and leave in the fridge until ready to grill.
Thread/shape kababs - shaping these can be tricky so pay attention.- Take about ⅓ cup amount of beef mixture and make a ball then shape it into a long sausage. - Thread the skewer through the sausage. - Now using your fingers press them around the meat as if you are making a fist pressing the meat to the skewer. - Be gentle not to break the sausage but firm enough so it adheres to the skewersPro tip - dipping your hands in water will make the meat less sticky. Gloves do not help much.
Hot grill - Heat a grill or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Brush the grill with cooking oil. Pro tip - The grill must be very hot but not smoking hot otherwise the meat will stick to the grill.
Grill - Place the skewers on the grill and let cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Brush them with oil to keep them moist. The char marks can be controlled by raising and lowing the heat under the grill.Pro tip - do not try to move the kebabs for the first 3 minutes as they will be stuck to the grill. otherwise, you will break them. After 3 minutes they should release on their own.
Serve immediately with rice or pita topped with tahini sauce or yogurt sauce and a side salad.
Oven bake kebabs
To bake these in the oven instead of the grill.- Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C or Gas Mark 6- Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and brush with oil to prevent sticking.- Place the skewers on the tray and brush with oil.- Bake in the oven on the top rack for 10 to 13 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat on an instant-read meat thermometer reaches 145F for medium doneness.Pro tip - these will continue to cook on the hot tray even after you take them out of the oven so do not over-cook in the oven.
Always use good quality ground meat with a good fat of at least 25%. This fat later helps bind the meat together when kneading.
When buying beef for kebabs use either lean sirloin (75%) or chuck which is 80% lean. Any leaner than that means there is no fat to hold the meat together.
If possible use metal skewers as this cook the meat from the inside as well. But, you can use bamboo skewers too as you can see in my pictures.
Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. When soaked the wet wood prevents them from burning.
Knead the meat well so the mixture sticks to each other (like glue) this holds the meat together during grilling.
Kebabs are always best served fresh off the grill. If you make them early keep them covered in a container to catch all the juices.
To reheat the kebabs - I place them on a plate and cover them with a wet paper towel. The moisture created by the steam from the paper towel keeps the kebabs moist.
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