Bring Middle Eastern Flavors to Your Dinner Table with Homemade Persian Kebabs

January 23, 2019

Bring Middle Eastern Flavors to Your Dinner Table with Homemade Persian Kebabs

Persian Street Vendor Kebabs

You don't have to wait for a food truck anymore to get some flavorful Persian goodies.

Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Kate Mills


  • 1 cup grated onion about 2 medium
  • 10 tbsp dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 1/8 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 tsp ground sumac
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper


  1. Place grated onion in a sieve over a large bowl for 30 minutes, pressing occasionally to squeeze out excess liquid. Discard liquid.

  2. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

  3. Combine onion, breadcrumbs, and next 8 ingredients (through lamb) in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Divide meat mixture into 40 equal portions, shaping each into a 3 x 1–inch rectangle. Thread 4 pieces onto each of 10 (12-inch) skewers.

  4. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add saffron to pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Crush saffron in a small bowl; stir in oil.

  5. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes or until done, turning after 5 minutes. Place kebabs on a platter. Brush oil mixture evenly over kebabs. Sprinkle kebabs evenly with sumac. Combine yogurt and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Serve kebabs with yogurt sauce.


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