Persian Kabob Koobideh

Persian Kabob Koobideh

Kabob Koobideh is the most popular grilled ground meat in Iran and around the Persian Gulf. The meat is prepared differently to a burger. It's important to knead the meat well to receive a texture that sticks to the skewers and turns out light when served. The kabob is traditionally grilled on wide flat metal skewers "hanging" over the fire so that the meat doesn't get in contact with the grill. This recipe is an easier weekday version.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3



  • 1 lb ground beef lamb, or chicken *

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 red cabbage ** finely shredded
  • 1 large onion grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Koobideh Culinary Spice Kit

  • Sumac, turmeric, black pepper, parsley


  • 1 onion halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes thinly sliced

Suggested Sides

  • Lavash or pita bread
  • Basmati rice
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Sabzi Khordan ***



  • In a BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add the cabbage and knead well.
  • Cover and let rest for 2 hours.


  • In a BOWL, squeeze grated onions and discard most of the liquid.
  • Add garlic, Kabob Koobideh spices, salt to taste (recommended 1 tsp).
  • Mix well. Add meat. Knead well for 5 minutes.
  • Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.


  • Wet your hands with water.
  • Form 2 tbsp of meat into flat rectangle shaped meat patties. Make sure that they are as flat as possible.
  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry the kabobs for some minutes on each side until they are cooked and slightly browned.


  • Optionally, sprinkle the kabob with sumac and top it with onion & radish slices.
  • Serve the kabob with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!


* 2/3 beef, 1/3 lamb or all beef (20-30% fat), or ground chicken thighs.
** Substitute red cabbage with green cabbage, and/ or add some shredded carrots or apples.
*** Find the recipe for Sabzi Khordan here.