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Grilled Beef Kabobs

Grilled Beef Kabobs are made from Large chunks of sirloin steak, marinated for hours in a thick and flavorful lemon and rosemary marinade and grilled along with red bell pepper, red onion, zucchini, and squash until wonderfully decorated with grill marks.

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

Add in some rice and you have yourself  a fantastic summer meal cooked on the grill.

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

Grilled Beef Kabobs are one of my favorites to cook during the summer. No one can resist food on a stick. They cook up fast and don’t make a mess in the kitchen, and you only have to add some rice and you have yourself a meal that’s appealing and filling.

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

The marinade has many flavor components including beef broth, tomato paste, a hefty dose of garlic, onion, rosemary, and lemon. It all gets processed in the blender to form an ultra-thick marinade that coats the meat and vegetables well. A full two teaspoons of salt helps dissolve some of the meat’s proteins as it marinates and allows the meat to retain more of its juices as it grills.

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary Marinade


Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

My very favorite meat for kabobs is ribeye and I choose it whenever it is on sale. Otherwise I go with sirloin.

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary

Even though it looks more visually appealing when the meat and vegetables are combined on one skewer, I always separate them. If you don’t, the meat will be overdone by the time the vegetables are soft and nicely charred.

It also helps appease my vegetarian daughter. 🙂

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Rosemary and Lemon Marinade

Grilled Beef Kabobs with Lemon and Rosemary

Grilled Beef Kabobs

A thick marinade made from beef broth, tomato paste, garlic, onion, lemon zest, and rosemary gives these beef and vegetable kabobs tons of flavor.
PREP: 1 hour 35 minutes
COOK: 16 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 51 minutes



  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Beef and Vegetables

  • 2 pounds sirloin steak tips, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into chunks


  • To make marinade, process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place 3/4 cup of the marinade in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Place remaining marinade in a large ziptop bag with the beef. Toss to coat and refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours.
  • Place vegetables in bowl with marinade and toss to coat. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove beef from bag and pat it dry with paper towels. Thread it onto metal skewers or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least an hour. Thread the vegetables on separate skewers.
  • Heat a gas grill with all burners turned to HIGH for about 15 minutes. Leave the primary burner on HIGH and turn the other burner or burners to medium-low.
  • Clean and oil the grates and place beef kabobs on hot side of the grill and vegetable kabobs on cooler side.
  • Cover and cook 12 to 16 minutes for the beef, turning skewers every 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn vegetable skewers every 3 to 4 minutes, but let them cook about 5 minutes longer than the beef.


Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated.


Calories: 340kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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20 thoughts on “Grilled Beef Kabobs”

  1. I made these for a family bbq. The flavor is amazing and the meat nicely tenderized. Your idea of separating the meat and vegies, brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?!

  2. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    So I absolutely love beef kabobs, but I think I have to side with your vegetarian daughter on those veggie kabobs because they look AMAZING! Maybe I’ll give the meat ones to my carnivorous boyfriend and keep the veggie ones to myself. 😉 Love this recipe, Christin!

  3. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Yum, your marinade sounds delicious and loaded with great flavors. I was just thinking of grilling for dinner. This would be perfect!

  4. That marinade sounds so flavorful, and I love the addition of the tomato paste! I need to try this — I can’t stop eating off of sticks lately because it’s so easy and perfect for summer. 🙂

  5. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Beef kabobs are one of my favorite things to grill! Love how loaded yours are with tons of summer veggies! That marinade sounds perfect. 🙂

  6. That marinade sounds awesome! Our rosemary is growing like crazy in our garden so I need some more ways to use it up! And these kabobs are so fun – we always forget to make kabobs when we grill but I really need to change that!

  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    definitely perfect for summer, these look delicious. i think i know what i will be recreating for dinner!

  8. I’m convinced meat and veggies are so much better when they’re on kabobs. I love the marinade for this dish too, such gorgeous pictures!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This kabobs look perfect, Christin! Definitely a hearty meal for the summer. The marinade sounds delicious! My husband would love this, too, so even better! 🙂

  10. Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

    These look SO fantastic! And I always separate the meat and veggies on to separate skewers, too – definitely results in everything be better cooked. Perfect summer meal!

  11. Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat.

    Oh my goodness, those kabobs look fantastic. I love grilled veggies AND I love rosemary. I think I’m gonna have to try these this weekend!!

  12. What a gorgeous meal…perfect for summer! Kabobs are just fun to eat…bite size pieces of deliciousness!

  13. Anna | One Prickly Pear

    Hey Christin! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award if you’re interested in participating. Hope you are!
    These kabobs are making me seriously hungry, by the way. They look amazing 🙂

  14. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    I love beef kabobs, so sad that I haven’t tasted a good one yet!! These look so juicy and I can totally eat all these kabobs with rice!

  15. Well don’t these look delicious!! Talk about healthy and nourishing! …and loaded with delicious protein! YUM! Great recipe girl!!

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