Kibbe -- Lebanese Hamburger Steaks

Kibbe -- Lebanese Hamburger Steaks

This is a Lebanese-style hamburger steaks that you can easily make at home. The spices and texture are a little different than your usual hamburger steaks.


Ground beef or lamb
450 g
Cracked wheat
120 ml
1 tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoons
Salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon
Frying oil
as needed
Walnuts, pine nuts, or other nuts
as desired
You can also use bulgur


1. Rinse the cracked wheat with water, then soak in the water for a bit.
2. Chop up the onions in a food processor until it's almost like a paste.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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).
6. 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.