Turkish Lamb Adana Kebab Recipe – Turkey Special

Adana Kebab, a popular Turkish dish, is comprised of seasoned ground lamb that’s skewered and grilled over charcoal. It’s richly spiced, flavorful, juicy, and easier to make at home than you might think!

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min

Turkish Lamb Adana Kebab Ingredients :

  • 500 g mince lamb or beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sumac
  • 2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon roasted and crushed cumin
  • pinch cinnamon
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoon parsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon roasted and crushed cumin
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 2 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • pinch salt

How to Make Turkish Lamb Adana Kebab


Add all the kebab ingredients to the food processor and pulse till incorporated. Rest the meat at least for 2 hours, overnight is best though.


Moisten your hand with water and make equal sized balls of the mixture. I was using big iron skewers so got around 6 huge balls. Take a metal or wooden skewer and make long, flat kebabs on it.


Heat a flat pan (or tawa) and drizzle 2-3 tablespoon oil. Place your kebabs on medium heat and cook for a few minutes each side until charred. Do not over cook them or they will get dry.


Alternatively, you can grill them on an outdoor charcoal grill or bake them. For baking see the Cooking Methods heading above.


Mix together the spice mix ingredients. And when the Adana Kebabs are cooked sprinkle it on both sides. You can also add it while they are cooking.


Now, make the Garlic Yogurt Sauce by combining everything together.


Also add all the Turkish salad ingredients in a bowl.


Serve the Adana Kebabs with flatbread, Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Turkish Salad, lemon wedges and pickled peppers.