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Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds 100% lean ground beef thats been run through a meat grinder 4-5 times
  • 2 cups soaked medium burghul
  • 1.5 large white onions divided
  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. soak burghul in warm water for 30 minutes, then drain
  3. toast pine nuts in a dry pan over medium heat until golden brown and reserve on side
  4. heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan
  5. add in ½ of a large white onion, chopped to the pan and cook for 3 minutes
  6. add in garlic and sauté for 30 seconds
  7. add in cumin, cinnamon, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and hot paprika to pan and cook for one minute
  8. add in ground beef and cook until browned
  9. add in parsley and toasted pine nuts
  10. taste for seasoning
  11. combine one large chopped onion to a large food process and blend for 4 pulses
  12. add in salt and burghul and pulse for 3-4 more pulses
  13. add in 2 pounds of 100% lean ground beef and process for four minutes or until fully combined, scraping down occasionally
  14. butter a baking dish with butter
  15. add in half of the burghul and beef mixture and flatten
  16. add the cooked ground beef layer
  17. add the other half of the burghul and beef mixture and flatten
  18. sprinkle with some salt and freshly ground black pepper
  19. bake for 25 minutes
  20. take out of oven and score into a diamond shaped design
  21. continue to bake for 25 minutes or until browned and fully cooked
  22. let it set for 5 minutes before serving

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