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Keto Kefta Beef Kabobs

Packed with big beefy flavor and hardly any carbs, these keto Beef Kefta Kabobs are fun to make and delicious to eat! Follow me, Chef Jenn, and I’ll show you all my best tips and tricks for making this amazing keto kabob recipe perfectly every time!

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I’ll admit, that these keto Kefta Beef Kabobs won’t win any beauty contests, but these Middle Eastern-inspired kabobs are SO moist, SO flavorful, and SO delicious, that they’re going to change how you look at kabobs. And, at 1 net carb per serving, there’s every reason to make this dish a new favorite!

Traditional kabobs run the risk of getting dried out, burned, or lack flavor. But with these tasty gems, the flavor is blended right in with the meat. A quick trip on the grill (or baked in the oven) and you’ve got a winning dish. I love serving these with grilled veggies which I grill at the same time, and with cool and creamy tzatziki on the side.

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One must-have with this dish, and in my humble opinion, any kabob recipe, are reuseable skewers. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they don’t burn! Soak them or beg them, I always burn my wooden skewers. But, with steel skewers, burning is a thing of the past!

Add this keto-friendly kefta beef kabobs recipe to your keep file, and with a few tips and tricks, you can make this winning dish again and again.

Kefta Beef Kabobs Tips & Tricks

  1. Use fresh parsley! Dried parsley has its uses, but not in this recipe. Fresh flat or curly leaf parsley adds a herbaceous flavor and moisture to the recipe that dried parsley just can’t match.
  2. Use steel skewers and say goodbye to burned wooden ones.
  3. Chilling the meat, once it’s been put on the skewer, will help it firm up and it won’t fall off the skewer so easily.
  4. Grill until medium, medium-rare. That’s about 130-F on a thermometer. They’ll cook a bit more once you take them off the heat, and over-cooking will dry them out.

1.5 pounds of lean ground beef made five hefty skewers, but feel free to make them bigger or smaller to suit your family. For a step-by-step image gallery click below, or scroll down for the recipe or a pinnable image. Happy eating!

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Five skewers of grilled Low-Carb/Keto Kefta Beef Kabobs on a white plate
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Keto/Low-Carb Kefta Beef Kabobs

Tender, garlicky, and grilled for maximum flavor, these keto and low-carb friendly Kefta Beef Kabobs are an essential part of summer grilling.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword beef, garlic, grilled, ground beef, kabobs, kefta, onion, skewers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 251kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup packed parsley leaves thicker stems removed
  • 1 small onion about 1/2 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp mild (sweet) paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked hot paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg freshly ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Pulse the onion, parsley, garlic, and spices in a food processor until finely chopped and blended.
  • Mix the onion and spice mixture with the ground beef until well combined. Microwave a small bit of the meat to cook it, and taste it to check for salt and pepper. Add more as necessary.
  • Forming ping pong ball-size balls of meat, skewer the balls down the center and form the meat into a thick sausage shape around the skewer. Repeat until the meat is used up.
  • You can refrigerate the meat at this point for up to a few hours, or grill right away until medium-rare/medium, about 130-135F on a thermometer. Serve with tzatziki and enjoy!


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Net Carbohydrates: 1g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

about jenn

Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

11 thoughts on “Keto Kefta Beef Kabobs”

  1. 5 stars
    These were so flavorful and pleasantly juicy! It’s always fun to hear all the oohs and aaahs when I serve food on a stick. lol. Nobdy needs to know how easy the delicious recipe is, I guess. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

  2. 5 stars
    These were SO GOOD. Like, melt-in-your-mouth delicious! The only thing I changed was using some cinnamon instead of nutmeg (didn’t have any nutmeg on hand!). Will absolutely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    Trying to do more Keto, new year/new me and all, when I found this recipe. Boy am I glad I did! These were perfect! The combination of the nutmeg with the spicy paprika and the sweet paprika really did add so much flavor! Thanks for a great and good to my hips recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this the other night and oh my goodness! The seasonings on this were AMAZING! I am so so so happy I found this recipe. I can’t wait to make it again.

  5. These sound great and I like the low-carb count per serving but your assessment doesn’t include serving size. How much of this recipe is one serving?

    • It kind of depends how big you make each kabob. If you make 6 kabobs from the mixture, then it would be 1 kabob. Great question! ~Jenn


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