Rating: 4.42 stars
147 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 97
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2

The yummiest preparation mixture for ground beef EVER! I have made this Lebanese Meat for all of my friends and family and have HAD to leave the recipe with everyone! Meat mixture can be used for everything... meatballs, meatloaf, BBQ skewers, BBQ'd hamburgers. FOR BEST, AUTHENTIC LEBANESE TASTE, DO NOT OMIT OR SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS (until you have made it this way ;P )

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, parsley, cayenne, allspice, salt and pepper until evenly blended. Divide into 6 portions, and press around one end of the skewers to form a log shape approximately 1 inch thick and 6 inches long.

  • Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until meat is no longer pink.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 22g; carbohydrates 2.3g; fat 13.9g; cholesterol 74.3mg; sodium 459.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (150)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2005
This is my "secret recipe" for perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy hamburgers. Everyone that tries them asks what's in them, but I never tell! They taste just as good made on the stove top with a grill pan, and they're ready in a snap. Awesome recipe! Read More
(55)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2013
I made this for me and my son since my fiance is allergic to cinnamon and I think I could have still gave it to him and he wouldn't have even known that there was cinnamon in it! After having this dish at a Mediterranean restaurant I was dying to try it at home and I was very dissappointed in this recipe. I was expecting a very flavorful meat with a nice fresh taste from all the fresh parsley but it just tasted like plain ground beef with a hint of allspice and a little kick from the cayenne. I felt like it was missing something or a lot of things. It wasn't horrible just not what I was hoping for and I will definately not use this recipe again. Read More
(9)
147 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 97
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2005
This is my "secret recipe" for perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy hamburgers. Everyone that tries them asks what's in them, but I never tell! They taste just as good made on the stove top with a grill pan, and they're ready in a snap. Awesome recipe! Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2008
This was soooo good!! Tastes just like the way my mom makes it. I doubled the allspice because I didnt think what the recipe called for was enough. I chopped the parsley and onion in the food processor and shaped Kafta into small patties. Cooked them on my george foreman grill. Next time I will add some chopped garlic to the mixture, but this was very very good!! Thanks :) Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2004
Very flavorful and gourmet tasting with very little work. Ground whole allspice in the food processor then added onion and parsley then burger. Second time added a tiny bit extra finely chopped red bell peppers celery onions and garlic to the meat with the parsley and made it into patties with vegetable kabobs on the side. Must chill for a little bit for it to hold. Wow! Read More
(36)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2009
Delicious! I have been making this recipe almost exactly for yrs. I used to work for a Lebanese family and was introduced to this at a BBQ they were having. The only difference is that they added a little bit of fresh mint, they taste great with or without though. The traditional way to eat these, I was told.. is to hold it in the middle of a pita bread and slide the skewer out while gripping.. top it with cucumber, tomato, onion, sour cream/yogurt/tzitzki sauce etc. As stated by other reviewers this recipe also makes excellent burgers and meatballs!! I've also made these with my favourite hamburger recipe and served on hotdog buns with bacon, cheese and other more traditional burger toppings, gr8 for kids! Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2005
very delicious and so easy to make instead of bbq'ing i made them into patties and used my grill pan Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2004
excellent recipe, even the kids liked it. We used ground beef and ground lamb (1/2 & 1/2) or just ground beef. great with pilaf. We made into patties, easier than skewers. yum!!! Read More
(16)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2006
I was prepared to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and had to do a quick recipe change to try and accommodate my husband's friend flying in from Jordan. I made a sauce from the 'Middle Eastern White Beans' recipe on here to pair with this. The only changes I made were to add 1 egg and 1 yolk italian bread crumbs and a bit more cayenne and allspice. I baked them in the oven and popped them into the sauce. I have to say that they are really great as meatballs; especially after they have sat for a while. The flavors seem to blend. I would love to try these in the summertime for a barbeque on the grill. Thanks for the recipe and helping to make a quick change of dinner plans. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2005
Really great served with Syrian Rice Syrian Green Beans and Pita Bread. My childres (all 4 and under) loved it as well. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2012
Very good Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2013
I made this for me and my son since my fiance is allergic to cinnamon and I think I could have still gave it to him and he wouldn't have even known that there was cinnamon in it! After having this dish at a Mediterranean restaurant I was dying to try it at home and I was very dissappointed in this recipe. I was expecting a very flavorful meat with a nice fresh taste from all the fresh parsley but it just tasted like plain ground beef with a hint of allspice and a little kick from the cayenne. I felt like it was missing something or a lot of things. It wasn't horrible just not what I was hoping for and I will definately not use this recipe again. Read More
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