Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

A tasty, Middle-Eastern dish. I like this for lunch or as a snack. Fatoush Salad is the perfect accompaniment.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, soak bulgur in enough warm water to cover by 1 inch for 1 hour and drain.
  2. In a skillet, cook ½ cup chopped onion and garlic clove in 2 tblsps oil over moderate heat for 5 minutes or until the onion is softened.
  3. Add ¼ of the ground lamb, pine nuts, ¾ tsp allspice and ½ tsp salt and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until lamb is no longer pink.
  4. In a bowl combine the remaining lamb, bulgur, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1 ½ tsps salt and 1 tsp allspice.
  5. Spread half of raw lamb in a buttered 1-quart baking dish; cover with cooked lamb, and top with remaining raw lamb, smoothing top.
  6. With a sharp knife, etch a diamond pattern on top of the ground lamb (where you intend to cut it once cooked), dot with butter and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Cut into 4 pieces and serve hot or chilled.
  8. This is excellent eaten with tzatziki or plain greek-style yoghurt and Recipe #59667 Salad.
Most Helpful

4 5

Very tasty. My husband has been on my case since I brought home a Mediterranean cookbook from the library to make kibbeh. I thought the recipes in the book looked way too fussy for me to make for dinner, so I figured I could check the website formerly known as Recipezaar for something easier. Here you are! I wasn't sure what to expect, having never tried kibbeh before. I used beef, because I don't like lamb. I really enjoyed it, especially with the Greek yogurt. My husband liked it, he already has ideas for different meats and nuts to try. Lol. My 4 year old son didn't like it, but he's 4. Thanks for posting a simple way to make a fussy dish that tastes really good.

5 5

loved this! We used ground turkey and it was delish!

5 5

I have used this recipe on a number of occasions using ground beef. I have served it to guests who really appreciated it and asked for the recipe. I made it using ground lamb for the first time yesterday. It was very delicious but not being used to the taste of ground lamb, I find I really prefer the beef, and will continue using ground beef in the future. It really is a terrific recipe, thanks!