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Lebanese Kibbe Recipe (Fried Kibbeh Balls)

Classic fried kibbeh balls with a meat and nut filling

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword Authentic, Classic, Traditional
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 40 Kibbehs


For the Kibbe filling:

  • 500 g minced meat
  • 2-3 onions chopped
  • 1 tsp 7 spice
  • 1.5 tbsp Kibbeh Spices Kamouneh Spice Mix
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp sumac

For the Kibbeh casing:

  • 1 kilo fine bulgur wheat
  • 1 kilo mince meat
  • 2 onions
  • 1.5 tbsp Kibbeh Spices
  • 1.5 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp 7 spice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil


  1. Soak the bulgur wheat in enough water to cover and set aside
  2. To make the filling, sauté the chopped onions in regular olive oil until golden on medium low heat
  3. Add 500g of minced meat to the onions and cook out the meat on medium high heat
  4. Add the 7 spice, kamouneh spices, black pepper and salt and use the back of your wooden spoon to break up the meat
  5. 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
  6. Drain the bulgur wheat and add to a large bowl. Take out the kilo of meat and prepare food processor
  7. 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.
  8. Roughly chop 2 onions to go in the food processor along with the 7 spices, kamouneh spices, black pepper and salt. Blitz well
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

  12. 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 (see video)

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

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

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Roll any leftover casing into flat round 'cheats kibbeh'
  • You can also bake these kibbeh balls in yoghurt sauce to make kibbeh labanieh