Chapli Kabab Recipe- Fried Afghan Hamburger

written by Mirriam Seddiq
8 · 17 · 21

If you are American and reading, picture this. The American classic hamburger. Ground beef on the grill. People love it, right? But, imagine adding many more spices and deep frying it so you can get an unforgettably beefy crispy crust? That is the chapli kabab recipe! We love our chapli kabab in Afghanistan.

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I was born in Afghanistan and moved to the US when I was 18 months old. I speak Pashto, native language of the Pashtuns. It just so happens that chapli kebab is a Pashtun dish. The word chapli comes from the Pashtun word chaprikh meaning “flat”. Pashtun people are spread across Afghanistan and Pakistan and so you will see chapli kebab in both countries. (India, too)

Chapli Kabab Recipe

The recipe is so simple. If you make this once, your family will demand you make it again and again. The recipe goes great with our recipes for Afghan yogurt sauce, coriander chutney, and Afghan pickles. The rich fried beef with some yogurt and sour chutney, wow. Cannot go wrong. Throw in some fresh cut veggies and some Afghan bread and you have a delicious meal.

Chapli is a staple “street food” in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here is a video straight from Kabul:

If you want to learn even more about chapli, you can click here and here. Making this chapli kabab recipe does not take a lot of advanced prep. Grab your spices and ground beef and lets go!

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chapli kabob recipe

Chapli Kabab Recipe- Fried Afghan Hamburger

  • Author: MirriamSeddiq


You are gonna love these Afghan kabab. Basically, fried hamburgers! Let’s make this chapli kabab recipe.



2 pounds ground beef

1 onion and 10 cloves of garlic food-processed

1.5 Tablespoon chili flake

1.5 Tablespoon ground coriander

1.5 Tablespoon ground cumin

1.5 Teaspoons tumeric

1.5 tablespoons chili powder

1.5 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

big handful of free herbs you have on hand (cilantro, parsley, etc)


1. Take your food processed onions, garlic, and fresh herbs and mixed into the ground meat.

2. Add each of the dry spices and mix thoroughly.

3. Patty each of the hamburger kabobs in a mostly flat shape so that you get the most crispy edges as possible.

4. Take a skillet and fill with enough oil to pan fry the kabob. Fry until the outsides are dark, crispy, and golden brown. That’s when you’ll know the chapli kebab is ready.

5. Mandatory that you serve with our Afghan yogurt sauce and our green chutney.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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