Bun Kababs Recipe

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The Bun Kababs patties containing aloo tikka, some onions, lettuce, ketchup, and omelet are a favorite street food of every Pakistani. It’s affordable, easy to make, and a tempting appetizer. It pairs well with tomato ketchup or mint chutney. 

bun kababs

Whether you’re living in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, or Karachi, the bun kabab reigns supreme as a beloved staple of every Pakistani. This is one of the cherished treat in Pakistani street foods.  

I remember the old school days when we always caught bun kababs, paratha rolls, and sometimes spring rolls from the food cart at our school. At that moment, spicy mint chutney, ketchup, and the kabab nestled inside the buns were pure joy for us, and eating those hearty bun kababs always satisfied us.

They were super cheap at that time. I guess we got one at Rs 10. Luckily, the recipe is still in my heart, and I often make bun kababs for my kids’ lunch box. 

I’ll show you how to make bun kababs in today’s recipe, ensuring the buns are soft yet crispy and what delicious fillings to add inside. Once you try this recipe, you’ll thank me later.

bun kabab recipe

Why Bun Kababs Recipe Will Win Your Heart

  • Sweet & Spicy Taste: Buns are often sweet, and fillings inside the buns are tangy and spicy. The combination of both flavors makes bun kababs more tasty and filling. 
  • Easy To Make: This recipe is easy; you don’t need any high-level culinary skills or hard-to-find ingredients to prepare bun kababs. When tied down by cooking, I just go for this dump-and-go recipe. 
  • Versatility: I love bun kababs’ freedom to swap ingredients; there is no hard and fast rule of adding certain ingredients. You can use lentil kebabs, Shami kababs, or Aloo tikes for fillings. Or you can skip ketchup, use mayonnaise instead, and do many more variations. 
  • Perfect For Family Gathering: Whenever guests pop in suddenly at home, the best way to treat them is to serve bun kababs with tea. If you have buns and Shami kababs in your refrigerator, you can prepare this recipe in just 5 minutes.


bun kabab ingredients
  • Buns: You can easily get fresh buns from the bakery or any utility store. I prefer to use buns with sesame seeds mounted over them. 
  • Potatoes: If you love sweet, umami, and tangy flavors inside the buns, just go for potatoes instead of lentils. You can make the best bun kabobs with potato or Aloo Tikki.
  • Egg: If you’re Pakistani, you must be aware of “Anday Wala Burger” (Egg Burger), a signature treat of Pakistanis. To give my bun kababs a feel of “Anday Wala Burger,” I add them into the buns. 
  • Onions: Thin onion rings taste more savoy in buns. You can also add chopped onions according to your preference.
  • Other Vegetables: I’m using cucumber, cabbage, cilantro, etc, to make a refreshing and organic taste. 
  • Spices: The spices will be only used for making Aloo tikki. I’m using red chili flakes, cumin seeds, red chili powder, and dry coriander powder. 
  • Garlic Paste: For a spicy taste and aroma, add one tablespoon of garlic paste to Aloo Tikki.

Let’s Make Bun Kababs

Prepare Aloo Tikki

  1. First, boil the potatoes in salty water. 
  1. After boiling, peel off the skin and mash the potatoes; you can use your hands, spatula, or any other tool to mince the potatoes.
Now, here you have two options:
The first option is to make the patties and fry them in a pan. Secondly, you can cook the mashed potatoes in a pan and then make patties of this mixture. The second option seems more suitable to me.
  1. Take a pan, add oil, and sauté the onions in heated oil. Now add the mashed potatoes and fry for one minute. Next, add all the ground spices and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. I’m using a spatula to further mash the potatoes, so it will be easy for me to make tikkis. 
onions frying


  1. Make An Omelet: Whisk an egg in a mixing bowl with salt and black pepper and fry it in a pan. Omelet gives a more classical vibe and taste in buns. 
whisk an egg
  1. Then, make patties with the mixture of fried mashed potatoes. Keep the patties on a bun, add ketchup, cucumber, cabbage, and some onions, toss the half omelet, and close with the top bun. 
make the patties
fill the buns
I’ve also added a thin slice of cheese to the buns for an extra cheesy and creamy taste. You can do the same if you like, but it’s not mandatory.
add cheese
  1. Finally, brush oil onto the buns and heat them on a non-stick pan. Avoid overheating the buns, as they might turn brown or black, which looks odd. The bun kababs are now ready to serve with mint chutney or Rita. 
oil the buns

Tips For Making Bun Kababs Like A Pro

  • Always cook the mashed potatoes and then make round patties with them. This will save you time and extra ingredients like corn flour, etc. 
  • After assembling the buns, brush them with a thin layer of oil and transfer them to the microwave oven for a few minutes to heat them perfectly. The hot bun kababs feel even more comforting and delicious.
  • The mint chutney doesn’t pair well with an omelet, so skip it if you’re wrapping an omen in a bun. If not, drizzle the mint chutney on bun for an extra spicy and tangy taste. 
  • To enhance the buns’ umami flavor and soft texture, melt a cube of butter in a pan and lightly toast the bun kabab in it.

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Bun Kababs

The Bun Kababs patties containing aloo tikka, some onions, lettuce, ketchup, and omelet are a favorite street food of every Pakistani. It's affordable, easy to make, and a tempting appetizer. It pairs well with tomato ketchup or mint chutney. 
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani


  • 4 Buns
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/3 tbsp Red chili flakes
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro 
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Cabbage
  • Ketchup 
  • Mayonnaise


Make Potatoes Patties 

  • First, boil the potatoes. Add water to a pot, sprinkle some salt, and add the potatoes. It may take 10 to 15 minutes to boil, depending on your flame and pot.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the onions until they turn light brown. Add all the spices and keep frying and crushing the potatoes with specula for 3 minutes. The crushed potato mixture is now ready for making patties; let it cool down for 15 minutes at room temperature. 
  • Then, make patties with the minced potato medley. 


  • First, spread a beautiful and savory ketchup over the entire bun and gently place the Aloo Tikki over it. Sprinkle some cabbage, add cucumbers and omelet, and close the bun. 
  • Brush the buns with thin oil and heat them on a non-stick skillet or tawa. Alternatively, you can also place the buns in the microwave if available. 
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