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Marinated Beef Kabobs + Awesome Beef Marinade Recipe

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Marinated Beef Kabobs are flavorful, tender, and easy to customize! Also, learn the best type of beef for your kabobs, how long to grill your kabobs, and my favorite beef kabob marinade recipe.

Lately, my son and I have been watching MasterChef Junior. He’s only five, but he is so interested in learning to cook. So this summer, you can find us at the grill! He loves to watch me work the grill, and always tells me that his stomach is growling when these Marinated Beef Kabobs are cooking. They smell amazing!

"Great marinade. Picky teenager ate without any A1 or other sauce. Definitely marinade for 24 hours. Meat becomes very tender and flavorful. Make sure your meat is around the same sizes and skewer vegetables separate from the meat. We cooked this on a charcoal grill. Amazing."- Michelle, Pinterest User

We’ve loved grilling these beef kabobs this summer, so I’m excited to share with you how I get perfect beef kabobs on the grill every time; including my favorite beef kabob marinade, the best beef for kabobs, and how long to grill your beef kabobs.

Why do I love kabobs so much? After a long day of work and school, my husband and son are SO hungry! I try hard to make sure my son gets a high protein dinner every night.

"Made this for the family this weekend. Marinated the meat for 24 hours. It was fantastic. The meat was flavorful, juicy and tender. This is a keeper!" -Rebecca, Pinterest User

Beef is perfect to provide that protein for him. In just a three-ounce serving, beef provides half of the Daily Value for protein- 25 grams!

You can really make kabobs customizable and fun for the family. My mushroom-loving husband can load his skewers up with mushrooms, while my son and I typically stick with sweet bell peppers.

"I used the marinade on 2 sirloin strip steaks and it was delicious! I halved the recipe for the 2 steaks."- Val B

It’s a ton of fun to get your family in on the action, and my son loves watching the kabobs that he made sizzle on the grill!

What is the best beef for kabobs?

Personally, I recommend using sirloin steak for kabobs. It’s economical has excellent flavor and is American Heart Association Heart Healthy Certified!

I marinate my beef kabob meat for about 24 hours to be sure that meat has time to tenderize. Other beef options that great cuts for beef kabobs are Flat Iron or Strip Steak.

If you want this recipe tonight for dinner and are unable to marinate, I would then recommend working with Beef Tenderloin.

Beef tenderloin is a higher end, but natural tender cut. Beef kabobs are a great application for this cut, because a little bit goes a long way!

When I use beef tenderloin for kabobs, I still marinate the beef prior to placing it on the skewers, but only to impart flavor, not to tenderize. A quick, 30-minute marinade is all you need to get your mouth watering!

Regardless of the cut of beef that you choose for your kabobs, there are a few more tips to make sure your beef kabobs turn out perfect each time:

  • Be sure to cut the beef into even pieces to ensure they cook through consistently. I like to cut my beef into about a 1 to 1.25-inch piece.
  • Use wooden skewers to be sure the beef stays a bit rare in the middle. Metal skewers conduct heat, so I only use them for chicken and vegetables. Add 12'' wooden skewers to your Amazon cart.
  • Beef kabobs should be grilled to rare, medium or even well done, it’s your choice! Grill the steak kabobs to your preferred doneness level. I grill the steak kabobs over high heat for 8-10 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes, which typically results in medium doneness.
  • Allow the grilled beef kabobs to rest for about 5 minutes after removing from the grill. This allows the juices in the beef to re-settle, keeping it nice and juicy, with flavor in every bite!
  • Consider threading the beef and vegetables onto separate skewers so you can better manage their cook times, especially if you are a first-time kabob griller!
  • When choosing a leaner cut of meat, make sure you use a marinade, like the awesome beef marinade in this recipe!
Marinated Beef Kabob Recipe

Marinated Beef Kabobs - Beef for the Whole Family!

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Packed with protein and vitamins, Marinated Beef Kabobs are flavorful, tender, and easy to customize with the vegetables of your choice! Also, in this post, learn the best type of beef for your kabobs, how long to grill your kabobs, and my favorite beef kabob marinade!


For the kabobs:

  • 5 pounds Sirloin steak, cut into ~1-inch cubes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1-pound button mushrooms
  • Wooden or skewers

For the marinade:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • One third of a cup of soy sauce (low sodium preferred) 
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of hot sauce


  1. Put all marinade ingredients in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Add chunks of beef, and re-seal bag. Double bag if necessary, to prevent leaks, but be sure to remove as much of the air as possible before sealing. Allow the beef to marinade up for 24 hours.
  2. Before grilling, if using wood skewers, soak them in a bowl of water for 20-30 minutes prior to grilling.
  3. Prepare the vegetables by cleaning and removing stems, and slicing into wide, 1-inch pieces. For the mushrooms, wash gently with a damp cloth, and then remove about ¾ of the stem. Do not remove all the stem, the remaining portion will help the mushroom stay tight on the skewer.
  4. Thread the beef and vegetables onto the skewers (insert tips/links on getting a secure skewer)
  5. Grill over high heat for 8-10-minute total, turning every 3-4 minutes.
  6. Remove the kabobs from the grill, and rest on a plate loosely covered in aluminum foil before serving. This will allow the juices within the beef to re-distribute, limiting the amount of myoglobin that escapes when you cut into the beef.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 53g

This nutrition calculation includes all of the marinade ingredients, of which only part ends up being consumed.

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This post was sponsored by the Missouri Beef Industry Council. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Val B

Monday 19th of July 2021

I used the marinade on 2 sirloin strip steaks and it was delicious! I halved the recipe for the 2 steaks.

Michelle Goth

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Val, that is awesome to hear! Thank you for letting me know! :)

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Saturday 28th of November 2020

OMG.. We LOVE this.. It comes out so good. I've also added chopped dried onions and some times chopped garlic. I've omitted the hot sauce. We have used this for when I bbq, beef, chicken, and pork.


Saturday 26th of September 2020

I made this and something came up so I was unable to make last night. By the time I use they will be marinated for 48 hours. Is this still ok or did I just waste?

Michelle Goth

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi Mandi! Still perfectly safe to cook, but you might notice some loss in texture!

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