Bosnian-style Souvlaki


Bosnian-style Souvlaki

Bosnian Grilled Meat Skewers: A Taste of the Balkans

In Bosnian cuisine, grilled meat is a beloved tradition. This adaptation of the Greek Souvlaki brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to the heart of Bosnia. Tender marinated meat, grilled to perfection, is a staple in Bosnian households. Get ready to savor the smoky aroma and juicy bites of these Bosnian-style Souvlaki skewers.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10-12 minutes

2 hours 27 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-free


Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free


While the Greek Souvlaki typically uses pork or chicken, Bosnian-style Souvlaki often features a combination of beef and lamb. The marinade is also slightly different, incorporating traditional Bosnian spices like paprika and cumin. Additionally, Bosnian-style Souvlaki is commonly served with a side of ajvar, a roasted red pepper and eggplant spread, adding a unique twist to the dish. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat: 25g (total), 9g (saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (total), 0g (sugars)
  • Protein: 52g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a large bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper.
  2. 2.
    Add the beef and lamb cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating between beef and lamb.
  5. 5.
    Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Beef and lamb — For tender and juicy skewers, choose cuts of meat that are well-marbled and not too lean. This will ensure that the meat stays moist during grilling.

Tips & Tricks

  • Soaking the wooden skewers in water before grilling helps prevent them from burning.
  • For added flavor, you can brush the skewers with the marinade while grilling.
  • Serve the Bosnian-style Souvlaki with a side of ajvar and warm pita bread for a complete meal.

Serving advice

Serve the Bosnian-style Souvlaki hot off the grill, accompanied by a generous dollop of ajvar. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges for a vibrant presentation.

Presentation advice

Arrange the skewers on a platter, allowing the vibrant colors of the meat to shine through. Place a small bowl of ajvar in the center of the platter for dipping.