Middle Eastern-inspired BBQ recipes to try this summer

Middle Eastern cooking has never been more popular, and for good reason. Packed with warming spices, smoky, punchy flavours and plenty of vibrant colour, these dishes are perfect for summer and work particularly well cooked on an outdoor grill. Give your next barbecue a Middle Eastern twist with one of these flavour-packed chicken, lamb and vegetarian recipes from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Josh Katz and Tony Kitous.

chicken shish kebab

Buttermilk Chicken Shish Kebab from Berber & Q by Josh Katz

Spicy, tender chicken, confit garlic and lemon pickle make this Buttermilk Chicken Shish Kebab from London's Middle Eastern-inspired grill house Berber & Q (and eponymous cookbook) something really special.  

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lamb kofte

Lamb and Pistachio Kofta from cookbook Comptoir Libanais by Dan Lepard & Tony Kitous

These Lamb and Pistachio Kofta from cookbook Comptoir Libanais are perfect barbecue fare. Simple to make and packed with flavour.

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cauliflower shawarma

Cauliflower Shawarma from Berber & Q by Josh Katz

Marinated in a spiced shawarma butter and roasted whole for a brilliant barbecue dish, this Cauliflower Shawarma from Josh Katz' cookbook, Berber & Q, is a vegetarian crowd-pleaser.  

Buy a copy of Berber & Q here.

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi's Tomato and Pomegranate Salad from Plenty More pairs sweet, juicy tomatoes with the sharp, bitter sweetness of pomegranates in this vibrant salad.

Buy Plenty More here.

chicken kebab

Iskender Chicken Kebab from The Modern Kebab by Le Bab

Try this Iskender Chicken Kebab from the team behind one of London's best restaurants, Le Bab, which uses pickled kale to add an incredible depth of flavour. From their cookbook, The Modern Kebab, this is a take on classic Turkish BBQ fare. 

Buy The Modern Kebab here.

spiced lamb, aubergine and mint

Spiced Lamb, Aubergine and Mint from Morito by Sam & Samantha Clark

Melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank is used in this Spiced Lamb, Aubergine and Mint recipe from the Morito cookbook, crisped up with warming spices and served with smoky aubergine, warm chilli butter, mint, pine nuts and pomegranate seeds. Heaven! 

Order a copy of Morito here.

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