Aunt Louise's Baked Kibbeh


This is the variation of beef and lamb kibbeh that I grew up with in a very ethnic Lebanese family. My Aunt Louise was the bomb!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion, divided

  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground lamb, divided

  • ½ cup pine nuts

  • ¼ stick salted butter

  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, or to taste

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, or to taste


  1. Place bulgur in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand until water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Stir 1/4 cup onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, basil, and pepper into the bulgur. Add ground beef and 1/2 pound lamb; mix well. Divide mixture into 2 portions. Pat 1 portion over the bottom of a 12x7-inch baking dish.

  4. Pat the other portion into a matching rectangle on a piece of waxed paper. Set aside for the top.

  5. Cook and stir remaining 1/4 cup onion and 1/2 pound lamb in a skillet until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain excess grease from the skillet. Stir in pine nuts and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spoon lamb-pine nut mixture over the meat layer in the baking dish.

  6. Invert top layer over the filling. Peel off waxed paper. Score top layer into diamond shapes by cutting diagonally in both directions, leaving about 3 inches between cuts. Press a small dab of butter into the middle of each diamond.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and mint.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
23g Fat
16g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 389mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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