Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a healthier alternative to lamb or beef kebabs using ground turkey. Of course if you prefer the meat over the turkey, please use in place and I promise great results. This is a combination of Lula and Kubidah. Delicious!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grate the onion and drain excess juices.
  2. Mix together the turkey, grated onion, egg, and remaining spices, EXCEPT the saffron threads.
  3. Heat a small skillet and slightly toast the saffron with pinch of salt.
  4. After the saffron becomes fragrant, move from heat to mortar and pestle and crush to fine powder (be careful not to burn the delicate threads).
  5. Add saffron to meat/spice mixture.
  6. Mix together until completely combined (2-3 minutes).
  7. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  8. Form the mixture around metal or wooden kabab skewers (should make 8 - 10 skewers). Wet your hands in between to keep the meat from sticking. If the skewers are too hard to work with, you can simply form the kebabs without the skewers on to a lined baking sheet. Is using 99% fat free turkey this is the best option.
  9. Refrigerate again if the meat mixture becomes too loose and hard to work with.
  10. I prefer to broil these in the oven 8 minutes per side. Check after 4 minutes on first side to determine the length of your cooking.
Most Helpful

Very tasty and easy. Recipe freezes well (raw) for later use. We liked these grilled - great for light summer meals.

dianegrapegrower June 30, 2013

This recipe is delicious. It calls for quite a few spices, but it's well worth it. You don't have to grate the onions, you can just finely chop them, too. I don't bother with the skewer. I just make the shape of a kubideh kabob on a cookie sheet. You can always skewer them after. I would also add a little more salt. Great recipe!

skimmie98_4135250 September 16, 2012