Seasoned Ground Beef Kofta And Roasted Onion Kebab

This recipe deserves a medal not just for how delicious it is, but also because it's super creative. First things first: What comes to mind when you think of the word "kebab?" Probably shish kebab, the beloved outdoor dish featuring perfectly grilled pieces of meat and crispy vegetables. Well, we're here to show you how to make a massive kebab out of an onion, so go ahead and grab a big one, together with a long wooden skewer, some ground beef, and a glass filled with rice, and let's get started!

You'll Need:

For the kofta:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • 1 mini bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp harissa sauce or roasted red pepper sauce
  • 14 oz ground beef
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 slices of white bread


  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 large wooden skewer
  • 1 glass filled with rice (to stabilize the kebab)

Here's How:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and chop the yellow onion, garlic, mini bell pepper, and parsley.

2. Put everything in a bowl and add the egg, harissa sauce, and ground beef, and season with salt and pepper. Remove the bread crusts from the slices of bread and soak the bread in water. Wring out the wet bread, tear it into small pieces, and add to the bowl.

3. Peel the large white onion and cut it in half. Separate the individual onion layers.

4. Fill up a glass with rice and stick a long wooden skewer into it. Then put one large onion layer on the skewer with the hollow opening facing up and push it all the way down. Now fill the onion mold with the kofta mixture.

5. Repeat the layering process until the first half of the onion is all filled up.

6. Now put the smallest onion layer (of the other half) on the skewer, spread the ground beef on it and repeat the same process from small to large until the other half of the onion is used up. Then coat the entire middle part of the onion with the remaining kofta mixture.

7. Put the kebab skewer in the oven at 350°F for 25 minutes until the meat is golden brown. If you want your meat even crispier on the outside, just turn on your broiler.

Serve the onion kebab with garlic sauce and hot sauce, or even plain yogurt will do. If you love the combination of meat and onions, this recipe will not disappoint!

Check out the nifty Frankfurter Brett chopping board featured in the recipe video.


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