Lebanese Kibbe Recipe – Lebanese Special

In this kibbeh recipe, a mixture of bulgur wheat, onions, and ground beef forms a hollow shell for a delicious stuffing. Enveloped in warm and earthy Middle Eastern spices like allspice and ground cinnamon, kibbeh is the epitome of Middle Eastern comfort food. The kibbeh croquettes can be deep fried or baked, and are often served as mezze or side dish. See more on kibbeh and the step-by-step tutorial below!

  • Prep Time2 hr
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time2 hr 20 min

Lebanese Kibbe Ingredients:

  • 500 g minced meat
  • 2-3 onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon 7 spice
  • 1.5 tablespoon Kibbeh Spices (Kamouneh Spice Mix)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 kilo fine bulgur wheat
  • 1 kilo mince meat
  • 2 onions
  • 1.5 tablespoon Kibbeh Spices
  • 1.5 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon 7 spice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil

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Soak the bulgur wheat in enough water to cover and set aside
To make the filling, sauté the chopped onions in regular olive oil until golden on medium low heat


Add 500g of minced meat to the onions and cook out the meat on medium high heat


Add the 7 spice, kamouneh spices, black pepper and salt and use the back of your wooden spoon to break up the meat


When it is cooked turn off the heat and add the sumac and chopped walnuts. Taste to make any adjustments then cover and set aside
Drain the bulgur wheat and add to a large bowl. Take out the kilo of meat and prepare food processor


In several batches, add the bulgur wheat and equal amounts of meat to the food processor and process until it clumps together and starts to roll in the processor bowl.


Roughly chop 2 onions to go in the food processor along with the 7 spices, kamouneh spices, black pepper and salt. Blitz well
When you have combined all the meat and bulgur wheat in a bowl, add the blitzed onion spice mix and the cornflour, then bring everything together preferably with your hands


If it is too dry add a bit of water, you don’t want it too loose, sticky or crumbly but so it holds together nicely. If you don’t mind tasting a bit of raw meat check a tiny bit for saltiness and adjust as necessary


Add approx half a cup of sunflower to a small bowl which you can dip your fingers into when shaping the kibbeh to avoid sticking. Clean your table and arrange a workflow with a large clean tray, the sunflower oil, the filling and the casing mix


Take some casing and roll into golf ball size, indent the middle then hollow out the inside with your index finger turning as you do so until you have a half shell. Add a spoon of filling and close up the casing. Compress well with your hands and shape into classic kibbeh morsels


Line up the kibbeh on the tray until you finish the filling


Deep fry your kibbeh morsels in sunflower or vegetable oil and serve with yoghurt dip