Beef and Rice Kebabs

beef kebab, beef and rice kebab

2014 Kids Recipe Challenge winning recipe: 1st Place!

Gerda in Toronto, says, “Kids will enjoy this recipe because it is fun to do and the steps are easy to follow”. 

Making kebabs doesn’t take much time and it’s easy to get the kids involved by having them mix the ingredients and shape the kebabs. Pack them warm in a thermos and prepare the pita at school for a fun put together lunch!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 12 kebabs

Serving Size: 2 kebabs


  1. Try using tzatziki sauce instead of plain yogurt for bigger flavour.
  2. If you need to cook rice for this recipe, you will need ¼ cup of uncooked brown rice to make ½ cup of cooked brown rice. This is a great recipe to use up any leftover cooked rice you might have.
  3. Put leftovers away within 2 hours or sooner if they are in a warm location.
  4. You can bake the kebabs, cool, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw them in the fridge and reheat to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F). Discard uneaten leftovers after they have been reheated.


Onion 1 small
Garlic 2 cloves
Fresh cilantro or parsley 2 tbsp (30 mL)


Chimichurri sauce

2 tbsp (30 mL) 

Salt and pepper

1/4 tsp (1 mL) each 

Extra lean ground beef

1 pkg (454 g) 

Brown rice, cooked and cooled 

1/2 cup (125 mL) 

Lettuce (your favourite type) 1 cup (250 mL) 
Whole wheat pita breads


Plain yogurt

1/2 cup (125 mL) 

Marble cheese, shredded

1/3 cup (75 mL)  


  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation.    
  2. Gently rinse onion, garlic and cilantro under cool running water. Grate the onion, mince the garlic and chop the cilantro. Place into a large bowl.   
  3. Add the egg, chimichurri sauce, salt and pepper to the bowl.
  4. Stir in beef and cooked rice. With your washed hands or a utensil, mix until ingredients are combined. Use separate equipment for handling raw food and cooked food.  
  5. Divide mixture into 12 balls and shape into 3-inch (7.5 cm) logs.
  6. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after forming kebabs.
  7. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 15 minutes until the internal temperature of each kebab reaches 71 ºC (160ºF) on a digital food thermometer. Let cool slightly.
  8. Meanwhile, gently rinse lettuce under cool running water. Dry on paper towel or clean kitchen towel, then shred.
  9. To serve, cut pita in half; open and spread with yogurt. Add some shredded lettuce and place two kebabs into each pita. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Information per 2 kebabs: 

Calories: 276 kcal

Protein: 23 g

Fat: 10 g

Carbohydrate: 24 g

Fibre: 3 g

Sodium: 387 mg


Last Update – March 25, 2024

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