Kebobs may have started as part of various Middle Eastern cuisines centuries ago, but they’ve since become commonplace worldwide for their excellent flavor and convenience. The beauty of them is that nearly any food can take on kebab form; they just need to be placed on an appropriate skewer, and they’re ready to go. But if the skewer essentially makes the backbone of the kebab, then picking the right one should be fairly important.
It isn’t unusual to find skewers made from wood, and they’re convenient for their value and disposable nature. But a more enduring options are made from stainless steel. This is why all the picks on this list are formed from rust-resistant metal. Not only do they withstand high grilling heat without concern that they’ll singe like their wood counterparts, but they can be reused time and again without fear that they’ll snap or splinter.
To make sure your next kebob grilling experience is top-notch, we’ve rounded up a list of our four favorite metal kebab skewers available on Amazon.
1. Blue Donuts Kabob Skewers Set
It’s just a stick, right? How difficult can it be to find a good one? These are questions we asked, too. But as is so often the case, the more stripped-down a utensil is, the more dramatically important every fine detail becomes. Firstly, this set comes complete with two dozen rods so you won’t have to worry about running out even if you plan on a substantial barbecue. Measuring a full foot in length, they’re also roomy enough to support a generous amount of food and, thanks to their strong steel construction, won’t easily flop over under the weight either. They also have a flat profile so that your food doesn’t needlessly rotate around its axis as you strive for even cooking.
2. Flafster Kitchen Grilling Skewers
Though they have tons of advantages, one of the main drawbacks of metal skewers is how hot they can be to handle once the cooking process has started. Fortunately, you’ll no longer have to worry about burning your fingers trying to budge that last bit of onion or steak off thanks to patent-pending pushers. Once you’ve stacked your meat or veggies on—a process made simpler by the angled tips that make for easy piercing—and grilled them to your satisfaction, simply grip the pushers from the base and slide them upward to remove everything in one swoop. And once you’re done, toss them in the dishwasher so they’re ready for your next cookout.
3. G & F Products Stainless-Steel BBQ Skewers
It can be tricky to avoid getting burnt when placing or removing skewers from the grill. You won’t have to worry about that happening with G&F Products’s set, though, as each spear features an easy-to-grip wooden handle that doesn’t conduct heat. The skewers themselves feature a wide design that makes them perfect for kebabs, too. And if the wooden handle and wide design wasn’t enough, the set also comes with a convenient carrying bag.
4. Sifu Kitchen Flat Koobideh Skewers
The largest of any pick on our list, this set measures almost two feet in length and can handle cooking even the largest cuts of meat without batting an eyelash. Flat and wide, they are also among the strongest examples on our list and have a minimal silhouette without any additional trappings. However, they also lack a handle or looped ends for maneuverability, so they will be trickier to handle when placed over a hot grill grate. But that same simple construction does make them easier to clean and, combined with their other attributes, might be enough to outway any cons. They also come with a bonus brush so you can glaze your food with your favorite sauce.