How to Cook Kabobs On a Flat Top Grill 

Whether it’s a family gathering or school bash, the best flat top grills allow you to prepare a large volume of mouthwatering kabobs for everyone. And it’s flat cooking surface and even heating produce golden brown tasty kabobs.

Read on to find the professional tips and steps of cooking such kabobs.

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What Tools and Materials Do You Need to Cook Kabobs On a Flat Top Grill?

Instant Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer helps you to read the heat level of the kabobs and thus know when it’s done.

Mixing Bowl/ Sealed Plastic Bag

After cutting the beef or chicken into easy-to-bite cubes, you need to season them. A mixing bowl holds the beef cubes, thus allowing you to sprinkle the seasonings and mix them easily.

Pair of Tongs

When cooking kabobs on a flat top grill, you need to turn the skewers every couple of minutes. A pair of tongs make it easy to turn the kabobs without fear of sustaining a burn on your fingers.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Kabobs on a Flat Top Grill?

The preparation and the refrigeration of the beef or chicken cubes may take a long time. However, the actual cooking of kebabs on the flat top grill takes about 20 minutes.

Why Cook Kabobs On a Flat Top Grill?

A clean flat top grill[how to clean a flat top grill] is ideal for cooking kabobs for several reasons;

Plenty of Cooking Surface

A flat top grill offers a wide cooking surface. For that reason, you can arrange several kabobs on skewers on the flat cooking surface.

That becomes useful when cooking for a large group or party. Besides, such an arrangement ensures adequate spacing and saves on fuel too.

No Fear of Burning Skewers

When cooking kabobs on the usual grill, there is the danger of the bamboo or wooden skewer burning. However, that’s not the case with a flat top grill.

Fast and Even Heating

A flat top grill heats faster and even. And so, every cube of beef on the skewer receives adequate heat. Furthermore, the flat cooking surface further provides an equal cooking opportunity for every kabob. In the end, it results in evenly cooked food.

What’s the Right Temperature for Cooking Kabobs on a Flat Top Grill?

When cooking kabobs, you need to set the flat top grill to a high heat setting.

When Cooking Kabobs On a Flat Top Grill, How Do You Know That They are Done?

There are two ways to check if your kebabs are done on a flat top grill. First, its color changes to a golden brown. Also, its internal temperature should read about 145 degrees Fahrenheit on medium-rare. Preferably you should use both methods to confirm it’s done.

How to Cook Kabobs On a Flat Top Grill?

Chop the Beef Into Cubes

You need to cut the boneless beef into easy-to-bite cube sizes.

Add Favorite Seasonings

Add seasonings such as ginger powder, minced garlic, soy sauce, and onion powder to the sealable plastic bag. Knead lightly to combine all the ingredients.

Mix Marinade and Beef Cubes

After preparing the marinade, add the beef cube to the same plastic bag, seal, and refrigerate. About 30 minutes to 10 hours is enough.

Note that the longer you refrigerate the beef and marinade mixture, the more flavorful it gets. Feel free to leave the mixture in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the Flat Top Grill

When you are ready to cook the beef, set the griddle to preheat at high heat settings. Next, sprinkle a thin layer of vegetable oil onto the flat top grill.

Thread the Beef

While the grill is preheating, thread the beef onto bamboo or wooden skewers. You can thread the beef together with some vegetables if you so wish. However, ensure you leave enough spacing from one cube to the next on the same skewer.

Load the Skewers On the Flat Top Grill

Once the griddle has preheated, load the skewers onto the flat cooking surface. Maintain enough spacing from one thread to the next.

Cook Till it’s Done.

Cook the kebabs for about 8 to 10 minutes, or to your desired doneness level. Turn them regularly to get even cooking on each side. A pair of tongs come in handy for turning the beef.

When the beef kabab turns brown or the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, it means it’s done (medium level).


Once the kebabs have reached your desired doneness level, remove them from the griddle, unthread and serve. A brighter idea is to cook asparagus on the same flat top grill[How to cook asparagus on a flat top grill] for the two foods to make a great pair. If you have a large griddle, you can cook the two concurrently.


What’s the Best Meat for Making Kabobs?

If it’s chicken, go for boneless and skinless meat from the breast or thighs. However, if it’s beef, sirloin, strip steak or tenderloin makes the best choice.

How Do You Keep Kabobs Warm While Still Preparing Others?

When your flat top grill can’t cook all the kebabs you want at ago, you need to keep the done pieces warm. So, place the kebabs you have cooked on a plate and then cover with an aluminum foil.


A flat top grill makes it easy and convenient to cook kabobs. And the best part is that it requires very few ingredients. When you intend to throw a get-together party for your friends, let golden brown kebabs take center stage in the meals. Your friends will love you for it.