Shish kebab recipes are the perfect treat for any summertime get together. Don’t believe us? Think about it—there are options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, they’re simple to prepare ahead of time, and they’re picture-perfect to impress your guests.
Bonus Tip: Kebabs are also perfect to bring as an appetizer. Cut them beforehand, and grill them when you arrive.
We’ve gathered the best kebab recipes below—some chicken, some beef, and some veggie with a little fruit and potato thrown in.
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
You can’t go wrong with the all-time favorite honey chicken. Don’t let the total time scare you—the chicken marinates for two of those hours. The rest is cutting and cooking!
Total Time: 1 hour
If you’re looking for something lighter while you and your guests are soaking up the sunshine, try this Mediterranean treat. The spices do the heavy lifting, with flavor in every bite.
Spicy Pineapple Chicken
Total Time: 1 hour
We told you there’d be fruit! With ginger and sriracha flavors, this kebab has a nice kick to it. If you decide to cook these, we suggest offering a mild kebab option as well, in case guests are sensitive to, or don’t like spice.
Rainbow Grilled Veggie
Total Time: 45 minutes
This colorful option is sure to add some sunshine to your cookout—regardless of the weather. Not only is it good to “eat the rainbow” when it comes to fruits and veggies, it looks pretty on the plate, too!
Grilled Fruit & Vegetable
Total Time: 30 minutes
Pulling from the natural flavors in the fruits and veggies, this one requires minimal seasoning. And it’s perfect for the vegetarians in your circle, or someone who prefers their veggies grilled!
Grilled Teriyaki Beef
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
As with our first option, the long prep time is due to the marinade—but it’s so worth it! Everything from the glaze to the sprinkled-on sesame seeds adds to the aroma and flavor these kebabs will bring to your backyard barbecue.
Brazilian Steak with Potatoes
Total Time: 55 minutes
These jumped out at us because of the potato addition. It’s not a common ingredient for kebabs, so of course it makes the cut! Kebabs-with-potatoes are perfect for guests who need more than veggies to stay full.
Total Time: 25 minutes
So far we’ve had kebabs with fruit, and kebabs with potatoes. Now we’re adding kebabs with corn! Although corn isn’t a traditional kebab vegetable, you have to wonder why—doesn’t everyone prefer their corn grilled?
Let Your Guests Pick!
Total Time: 2 hour 55 minutes
Of course, you can always let your guests pick! Prepare enough ingredients and marinades for a few different types of kebabs, and let your guests assemble and grill their own. Be sure to properly instruct them beforehand, so they don’t overcook their meal.
Let us know if you tried one of the above recipes, or if you made your own! Happy grilling!
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