Grilled Lamb Kebabs, made with ground lamb, are served with Basil Tahini Sauce. It’s a delicious, paleo & keto friendly recipe featuring Middle Eastern flavors.
Calling all lamb lovers… you are going to love this dish! Middle Eastern inspired ground lamb kabobs with a deliciously addictive basil tahini sauce.
These kabobs will be on your table in under 30 minutes. Or, upgrade your summer picnic and pack these along. They’re the perfect finger food and offer such a unique twist on standard picnic fare.
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I kept the ingredients for these Lamb Kofta Kebabs simple. Combining ground lamb with cumin, onion, garlic and salt and pepper. That’s because I wanted the true flavor of the lamb to shine through and I didn’t want too much competition with the delicious basil tahini sauce that we’re drizzling over the top of them.
- Let’s talk about that Basil Tahini Sauce. I combined tahini with basil, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. The aroma of the fresh basil is outstanding, and it takes on the perfect creaminess when it’s blended with the tahini sauce. (Tahini is a paste made from toasted, ground sesame).
- These would also be delicious with spicy peanut sauce.
To make the kebabs, I formed 16 ovals of the lamb mixture and threaded them onto eight skewers. Then I popped them onto a hot grill.
How Long to Grill Lamb Kebabs
- Grill lamb kebabs on a medium-hot grill for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through (160-degrees).
How to Bake Lamb Kebabs
- You can also bake these kabobs in the oven. Heat your broiler to high and cook on a rack set over a baking sheet for about 10 minutes.
What Goes with Lamb Kebabs?
- Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Salad
- Farro Salad with Basil Lemon Tahini Dressing
- Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons
Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Basil Tahini Sauce
- 2 pounds ground American lamb
- 1/2 onion (finely diced)
- 3 garlic cloves (finely minced)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 wood skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
- Lemon wedges (for serving)
Basil Tahini Sauce:
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup basil loosely packed
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soak the skewers and start the grill.
- In a bowl, mix the lamb with the onions, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 16 ovals and thread them onto 8 skewers.
- Brush the lamb kebabs with olive oil. Grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until the kebabs are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes (160-degrees).
- Serve with Basil Tahini Sauce and lemon wedges.
Basil Tahini Sauce
- In a high powered blender, combine all ingredients.
- Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy sauce.
- Add up to ¼ cup more water (blending again to incorporate) until you get the thickness you like. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Move rack to the top position.
- Heat broiler to HIGH.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place in an oven safe rack.
- Place skewers on top of rack and broil for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.
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I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
What Wine Goes with Lamb Kebabs?
- Malbec with medium body and smooth tannins makes an excellent pairing for the rich lamb.
- Petite Sirah is another great match. With its typical flavors of plum, raspberry, blackberries, and black pepper it lends itself wonderfully to stronger flavored meats, such as lamb.
- Syrah is another wine that will stand up nicely to these kebabs.