Is there a better time of year than Memorial weekend? Summer is officially kicking off, there are no shortage of cookouts to attend, and you get to play with explosives! Ok, ok, ok, I know that's actually for the Fourth of July, but I'm a big believer that there is never a bad time of year to play with fireworks. You should have seen my sweet nativity sparklers adorning my Christmas tree! Even the fire department insisted on stopping by to marvel in their wonder. They claimed they were alerted by a 9-1-1 call, but I am reasonably certain they were led to my house by the star of Bethlehem.
Regardless of how much gunpowder you require to sufficiently celebrate your holidays, you won't want to let Memorial weekend slip by without grilling up these flavor packed BBQ Meatball Kabobs!
It can be cumbersome to navigate around the backyard, socializing with family and friends, while balancing a plate of food in your hands. That's why I love my BBQ Meatball Kabobs, they are simple to make and come loaded with all of your favorite Memorial weekend flavors on a convenient skewer. It is perfect for backyard entertaining, but most importantly, it leaves you with one hand free to carry around your Stone Sour Amaretto Cocktail.
Rather than using breadcrumbs, I grind up Lay's Classic Potato Chips to serve as my binder for the meatballs. Combined with the unique flavor of hamburger sizzling on the grill, and, of course, caramelized BBQ sauce, is there a more classic cookout combination?
If you can grill a burger, you can make these BBQ Meatball Kabobs, this easy recipe is sure to be a time saver for your next cookout! But more importantly, your guests will devour them! You can use cheap wooden skewers, but I prefer metal skewers because they can be reused multiple times, plus they are still inexpensive.
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The key to making a good meatball is not to over compact the meat. You want to work it as little as possible to form it into a ball. This helps it stay tender when you bite into it, rather than a dense hockey puck. When mixing the ingredients I try to crumble the raw hamburger and mix everything together. Once it is well combined I then gently roll them into meatballs, only pressing as hard as I need to.
BBQ Meatball Kabobs
- 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup finely crushed Lay's Classic Potato Chips
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- BBQ Sauce
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1 Onion
- Chop onion and green pepper into 1-2" chunks.
- Combine beef, egg, Worcestershire, chips, and seasonings in a bowl, being careful not to over compact.
- Roll meat in-between your hands to create golf ball sized meatballs.
- Place green pepper, onions, and meatballs on skewers, alternating each.
- Set on grill, rotating occasionally, adding sauce as the meatballs near the end of cooking.
- If using the oven, slather in BBQ sauce and place under the broiler, rotating and adding more sauce until cooked through. Turn frequently to prevent burning.
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