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Macedonian Kebapi

Katerina | Diethood
Kebapi, which are sometimes referred to as kebabs, are juicy sausage-like bites of grilled beef, pork, and lamb!
Servings : 12
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


For the Kebapi
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • ½ pound ground lamb, (use ground pork if you can’t find ground lamb)
  • 1 small yellow onion, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • wooden skewers
  • onion, finely chopped, for serving (optional)
  • red pepper flakes + paprika, for serving, optional
For the Yogurt Sauce (Optional)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt, to taste


For the Kebapi
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the beef, pork and lamb; mix the meat with your hands until well incorporated.
  • Add onion, garlic, parsley, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, and baking soda; stir in water and, using your hands, mix it all until combined.
  • Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. When ready, pull out the meat from the fridge and roll the ground meat mixture into the shape of sausages, about 6-inches long and 1-1/2 -inch in diameter. Each should weigh about 1.5 to 1.7 ounces.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Grill kebapi for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning them to brown and cook all around. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the kebapi. They are done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Remove kebapi from grill and pierce the wooden skewers through the kebapi. (This is optional, you can also just serve them as-is on a serving platter.)
  • Transfer kebapi to a platter.
  • Combine a tablespoon of paprika with a tablespoon of red pepper flakes in a small plate.
  • Serve kebapi with the paprika mixture and a side of chopped onions. Alternatively, serve the kebapi with the yogurt sauce.
For the Yogurt Sauce
  • While the kebapi are grilling, prepare the yogurt sauce by combining all of the ingredients in one bowl; whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly.


  • NET CARBS: 2 g
  • WW POINTS INCLUDES THE KEBAPI, only. If using the yogurt sauce, Points go up to 4.


Calories: 195 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Protein: 16 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 51 mg | Sodium: 503 mg | Potassium: 320 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 421 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 58 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 2 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: cevapi, cevapi recipe, kebapi