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Persian Kebab Kubideh

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Persian
Servings 6


  • Grill



  • 1 pound ground beef (patted dry)
  • 1 pound ground lamb (patted dry)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Mast o Khiar (yield 1-1/4 cups)

  • 7 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber (peeled and grated and squeezed dry)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (minced)
  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon onion juice (from the onions used in the kebabs or use water)


  • Steamed basmatic rice
  • sumac
  • soft butter
  • sliced lemon
  • sliced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced onion
  • warm pita bread


  • Microwave the chopped onion for three minutes.
  • Puree the onion in a food processor and press out the onion juice in a sieve or cheesecloth (please save the juice for the yogurt dip).
  • Mix the dry onion puree with the other kebab ingredients until very well mixed.
  • Shape meat mixture into 12 torpedo shaped kebabs and let rest on a foil lined baking sheet for at least 15 minutes (work on other stuff).
  • Mix the ingredients for the yogurt dip and set aside.
  • Prepare anything else you will be using, such as tomato, onion and rice.
  • Oil a grill grate and set to high.
  • Gently place kebabs on the hot grill and cook to get grill marks.
  • Gently turn over. If they try to stick, use a pancake turner. Do not move them excessively.
  • Once turned, immediately turn the grill to low and continue cooking until the internal temp is 160F.
  • Serve kebabs with steamed rice sprinkled with sumac and dotted with soft butter. You can also top the rice with an egg yolk (I did not).
  • Also serve with onion, tomato, lemon slices and warmed pita bread.
  • I also grilled asparagus for my dinner.
  • Plan on two kebabs per person, maybe three.


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