Rinse the cracked wheat with water, then soak in the water for a bit.
Chop up the onions in a food processor until it's almost like a paste.
Put the ground meat the onions from Step 2, strained cracked wheat from Step 1, and the spices in a bowl and mix well as though making hamburger steak.
Put a bit of the mixture from Step 3 on a plate and cook in the microwave to taste-test. Adjust the spices, salt, and pepper as needed.
Shape the filling into small patties with wet hands. At this time, my mother-in-law usually stuffs the meat with nuts (such as walnuts).
Put a good amount of oil in a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Once warm, add some patties from Step 5 and pan-fry while turning over often.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is a recipe that my American-born Lebanese mother-in-law taught me. My husband loves it! You can easily make this at home.
If you don't have a food processor, finely chop the onions. I adjust the spices to my husband's preference, but to be safe, start with a small amount and then adjust in Step 4. For a gluten-free version, use quinoa or millet instead of cracked wheat.