Thai Beef Skewers with Basil Salad

"Ground beef is a go-to for burgers, but it's also great in global dishes, from tacos to Thai." –Rachael Ray
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thai beef skewers with basil salad

Recipe by Mindy Fox

Start to Finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef (80% lean)
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus 3 cups (loosely packed) whole leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks or shredded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)


1. In a medium bowl, gently mix the beef, breadcrumbs, chopped basil, egg, ginger, fish sauce, and garlic. Using damp hands, form the meat into 24 balls that are 1 1/4 inches in size. Using your palms, flatten the balls into 1-inch-thick disks. Thread the disks onto 8 skewers. (If using bamboo skewers, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes before grilling.)

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high. Grease the pan. Grill the skewers, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through, 9 to 11 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, toss the carrots, scallions, lime juice, and basil leaves; season the salad with salt and pepper.

4. Serve the skewers with the salad, lime wedges, and rice (if using).