Ground Beef Kebabs

These delicious beef kebabs are a simple combination of ground beef, garlic, and some smoked paprika. When choosing the meat, make sure to get nice and tender cuts like sirloin, chuck, or brisket. Adding some more spices like cumin powder, cayenne pepper, or chili powder will definitely make the kebabs are more interesting but it’s completely unnecessary. However, make sure to add some baking soda – this simple trick will perfectly tenderize your meat and make these lovely kebabs nice and somewhat spongy.

When serving, I have decided to go with some pita bread which I lightly brushed with some oil, herbs, and spices and then grilled for a couple of mintues. Serve with French fries, fresh vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, onions, or tomatoes, and have fun!


1lb ground beef

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp smoked paprika

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

For serving:

Freshly ground black pepper

5-6 lettuce leaves

Red cabbage

Bread or pita bread


Start the fire in your Breeo fire pit by adding a couple of dry branches and then 6-7 hardwood logs. Let the fire burn for 15-20 minutes and then add a couple of more hardwood logs.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine together ground beef, chopped garlic, salt, smoked paprika, and baking soda. Mix all well and roll into cylinders, about 1 ½ -2 inches long. If the mixture is too sticky, dust with some flour and set aside.

Brush the grill grate with some oil and position right above the fire. Add kebabs and grill for 2-3 minutes. Gently flip over and continue to grill for another minute over open fire. If the fire is too strong, position the grill grate a couple of inches above the fire. These are relatively small kebabs and you don’t want them to burn.  

Remove from the grill and set aside.

Optionally, prepare the bread for serving. In a small bowl, combine some olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and herbs to taste. Lightly brush the bread (or pita bread) with this mixture and grill for 1-2 minutes with the grill grate positioned about 3-4 inches above the flame. You can also simply warm up the bread without the herb mixture and serve these kebabs with some shredded cabbage and lettuce.