From Venison to Vegan: The 16 Kebab Recipes for the Ultimate Backyard BBQ

Nowadays there are so many different dietary restrictions, finding one food to please a crowd at a cookout can be difficult, but not if you're making kebabs! Grilled kebabs are the ultimate food for a backyard barbecue. Carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans can all enjoy this food on a stick. Starting with your veggie base, you can add a protein based on any diet. Chicken, shrimp, or tofu, whatever your guests want they can get. The great thing about kebab recipes is you can replace ingredients easily and they don't require plates!

While burgers, dogs, and all other veggie alternatives are great, they can be filling. And let's face it, with a spread of dips and sides you can't resist, the main course shouldn't be too heavy. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, take advantage the warm weather and heat up the grill for these 15 delicious favorite recipes.

1. Rainbow Veggie Kebabs

Carrie Elle

These are the vegan kebabs everyone will want. Featuring all the colors of the rainbow, the Rainbow Veggie Kebabs have it all with yellow squash, purple potatoes, red bell peppers, red onion, and shallots.

Just be sure to make a few extra skewers because these will even wind up on the meateater's plate. Is there anything better than grilled vegetables?

2. Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

Mellow Mondays

There's something about the sweetness of pineapple paired with cubed chicken thighs slathered in BBQ sauce that was meant to go on the grill. A sprinkle of sea salt before slapping these on the grill is the perfect touch.

Add in some bell peppers and red onion and you've got yourself a party! Get the excellent recipe here.

3. Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers

The Recipe Critic

Simple yet amazing, the combination of herbs, lemon juice, and grilled chicken makes some seriously great flavor that's a must-try this summer. Keeping it light and satisfying, try this Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Sewers recipe.

Oh, and if there are any vegetarians or vegans in the group, omit the chicken and make it veggie-friendly with the zucchini, bell pepper chunks, and red onion.

4. Killer Beef Kebabs

Real Food by Dad

Nobody grills quite like Dad. With that said, Real Food By Dad shows us the ropes in kebab grilling with this Killer Beef Kebab recipe.

His secret? Marinating the beef for hours and topping it with a homemade chimichurri fresh off the grill. Yeah, that's how it's done when you're making beef kebabs.

5. Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers

The Recipe Critic

Carnivores will go nuts over this tender sirloin steak that has been resting for hours in the marinade ingredients of soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

Though you can also substitute in boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts to avoid red meat, there's something about soy sauce and beef that is always a match made on the grill. Get the recipe here.

6. Teriyaki Venison Shish Kebabs


Got some venison from your hunting trip and looking to mix things up? Try these smoky sweet Teriyaki Venison Shish Kebabs.

You can tell your friends all about your hunting trip over your prized game skewers that are delicious with simple seasonings: olive oil, black pepper, and salt.

7. Apricot and Orange Pork Skewers with Garlic and Rosemary

Cooking and Beer

If you're looking to show off your grillmaster skills, bust out these Apricot and Orange Pork Kebabs that make sad, plated pork chops a thing of the past.

With a touch of garlic cloves and a sprig of rosemary, your guests won't stop raving about "those pork kebabs" they had.

8. Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Pork Skewers


Juicy, tender pork with sweet succulent pineapple mix in a gochujang paste is the sweet and spicy combination your grill has been waiting all winter for.

A dash of lime juice on the double skewers is a delicious twist that becomes brighter on the grill's high heat. Get the recipe here.

9. Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers

Homecooking Memories

Because sometimes, you've just got to have bacon. If you find yourself in grill-worthy weather around the holiday season, like Thanksgiving, these would make a fun twist on the classic side dishes.

A savory Greek yogurt or plain yogurt sauce would be delicious with these. Get the recipe here.

10. Shrimp Boil Kebabs

Damn Delicious

No Southern summer would be complete without a low country boil. If you have some Southerns joining your backyard shindig, give them a taste of home with these Shrimp Boil Kebabs.

Andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and of course shrimp are all covered in cajun seasoning, and it's the next best thing to a good old-fashioned low country boil. A dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes before serving makes these skewers out-of-this-world tasty.

11. Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp Kebabs

Simply So Healthy

These Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp Kebabs taste like summer. Fresh lime and spicy jalapeño elevate the status of shrimp kebabs form good to totally amazing.

Paleo, gluten-free, low carb, and ketogenic-friendly, these refreshing kebabs should find their way into your backyard party. Fresh parsley is an excellent finishing touch.

12. Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon

Natasha's Kitchen

Sometimes, minimal is best. A simple marinade of dijon, the juice of a lemon, garlic and parsley is all you need for a delicious salmon kebab.

Might we also suggest adding cherry tomatoes? Get the recipe here.

13. Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers

How Sweet It Is

The sweet chili marinade has these Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers bursting with flavor. Refreshingly satisfying, your pescatarian friends will love these kebabs.

A coconut milk dipping sauce will reduce the heat these fish kebabs pack and also play up the Thai flavors.

14. Vegan Turmeric Pineapple Tofu Kebabs


Pineapple kebabs are to die for. Tossing them on the grill, their sweet flavor is enhanced with a smoky taste. While it's phenomenal on its own, your vegan friends may need some more substance.

Try pairing the pineapple with tofu marinated in a ginger turmeric soy sauce concoction. The combination is so good, your meat eater friends will be asking "Ooh, what's that?"

Get the recipe here.

15. Grilled Vegan Tahini Satay Kebabs

Delicious Everyday

If you think all vegetarians eat at a barbecue is a portobello burger, think again. What they really want is something like these delicious Grilled Vegan Tahini Satay Kebabs.

One bite and you would never guess that these caramelized eggplant kebabs topped in a creamy tahini marinade are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.

16. Grilled Peaches and Cherries with Cinnamon Honey Syrup

Home Cooking Memories

Kebabs are great even for dessert! May we recommend skewering up some fresh peaches and cherries then topping it in a sweet cinnamon honey syrup.

Toss it on the grill to bring out the juices, then top it with some creamy vanilla ice cream and fresh mint for the ultimate grilled dessert. Get the recipe here.

When it comes to choosing your skewers, you have two options. You can go for the classic wooden skewers or the metal skewers, but just make sure they are extra-long so you don't burn your hands!

For bamboo skewers, we love this set from Farberware that packs 75 12-inch skewers for only $4.88.


Your metal skewer options are easier to find in longer sizes, and this 12-pack of 12-inch skewers have a convenient circle on the end that makes it easy to grab them off the grill. Find them for only $9.59!


Kick off the summer right. Fire up the grill, because it's time to get cookin'!

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