Baked Kibbee
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Baked Kibbeh

Baked kibbeh or kibbie, a traditional Lebanese dinner recipe, is made with ground beef or lamb combined with bulgur wheat, pine nuts, cinnamon and allspice.
Course Entree
Cuisine Lebanese, middle eastern
Keyword baked kibbeh, how to make kibbeh, lebanese kibbie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 310kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


Base Meat Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cups bulgur wheat fine ground (not coarse)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 large yellow onion grated
  • 6 servings All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 baking dish; set aside.
  • To prepare the base meat mixture, add the bulgur wheat to a medium bowl and stir in the boiling hot water. Cover the bowl and let stand for 10 minutes then drain any excess water. 
  • Add the ground lamb and sirloin to a food processor and pulse until it forms a fine paste. Remove from food processor and place in a large bowl along with softened wheat, grated onion, and All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend. Use your hands to mix well. If mixture gets too sticky on hands, dip into a bowl of ice water.
  • To make the filling, heat the clarified butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat, pine nuts, onion, and All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend and saut√© until meat is cooked through about 9-11 minutes.¬†
  • To form the baked kibbeh, spread half of the base meat mixture out on the bottom of the baking dish. Next, spread the filling on top of the base layer. Finally, spread the remaining base meat mixture on top, pressing down a bit with wet hands to smooth the top. 
    preparing base mixture for kibbeh
  • Slice kibbeh diagonally to form small diamonds. Optional: you can drizzle on additional melted clarified butter over the top at this point.
    preparing kibbie slicing diagonally
  • Bake until meat is fully cooked, about 40-45 minutes. Serve with Cucumber Laban on the side. 


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.3g | Protein: 19.2g | Fat: 19.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.3g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 513mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1.4g