Turkey kabobs on the grill are an easy summer dinner. Ground turkey is mixed with seasonings and breadcrumbs and grilled on skewers – they cook in less than 10 minutes! Serve them with your favorite vegetable side dish or tossed salad on the side for a delicious dinner.
Do you call them turkey kababs or turkey skewers? Maybe it depends on where you’re from but whatever you want to call them these grilled turkey kabobs/skewers are an easy dinner that you will love.
We are all about the easy cooking especially during the summer! There’s nothing I love more than firing up the grill and eating outside. These turkey skewers are always a favorite – they’re easy to prep, fast to cook, and always disappear when we make them.
For this recipe, we take lean ground turkey and mix it up with breadcrumbs and seasonings – sort of like making meatloaf. But, instead of baking it in the oven, you just form the mixture around skewers and cook them on the grill. They’re tender, juicy and delicious!
Ground Turkey Kabobs on the Grill
Making these kabobs are sort of like making meatballs except you don’t have the hassle of forming them into balls!
Just mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl:
- Ground turkey
- Minced onion and garlic
- Chopped parsley
- Garlic powder, cumin, rosemary, and paprika
- Salt and pepper
Place the mixture in the refrigerator. This will help it firm up and will make it easier to get it to stick to the skewers.
Once it’s chilled (after about 10 minutes), form the mixture around the skewers. I usually do this so I have several one or two-bite pieces of meat down the length of the skewer. Place them in the fridge for a few minutes so the meat can firm up again.
Grill over medium heat for four to six minutes on each side or until the turkey is cooked through.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
You can make the turkey mixture ahead of time and assemble the kabobs to cook later. You can do this a few hours in advance.
Switch the meat if you prefer and make beef kabobs or try using ground chicken or ground pork.
You can also change the dried seasonings – this is a very versatile recipe! It’s easy to create new flavors.
Any leftover kabobs will keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Just store them in an airtight container.
Hosting a crowd? You can easily double the recipe!
Side Dish Ideas
These turkey kabobs are great for BBQs and summer parties because they pair with so many side dishes. Here are some ideas:
- Macaroni salad and potato salad
- Pair them with a fresh tossed salad made with your favorite salad greens and dressing
- Grilled vegetables like onions, peppers, and mushrooms
Ready to fire up the grill? This ground turkey skewers recipe are a great summer dinner that’s full of flavor – I hope you enjoy them!
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Turkey Kabobs Recipe
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Pre-heat your grill to medium heat. You can cook in the oven but the grill gives it a better taste.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Place mixing bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. This will help the meat stick on the skewer. Form the meat around your skewers (you can use wood or metal) into one or two bite pieces. Then place back into the refrigerator for a few minutes.
- Grill the Kabobs for 4-6 minutes on each side. Internal temperature should be 165°.
Turkey kabobs on the grill are an easy summer dinner. Ground turkey is mixed with seasonings and breadcrumbs and grilled on skewers – they cook in less than 10 minutes!
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