Kibbeh Recipe

Syrian Kibbeh Recipe

Written by Ghada Abdo

July 29, 2018

Syrian Kibbeh Recipe is one of the Middle Eastern Recipes that you crave, and the craving won’t be fulfilled until you taste it. There are several types of kibbeh recipes, but this one is very simple and best for a newbie.

Syrian Kibbeh Recipe

Syrian Kibbeh

This delicious dish made of camel, lamb, or goat beef with minced onion, bulghur cracked wheat; topped off with several spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.
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Course: Breakfast, General, Lunch
Cuisine: Syrian Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Ghada Abdo


(50 kobba)

  • ½ kilo fine burghul
  • ½ kilo lamb or beef cube (habra) without bones or grind meat
  • 1 medium onion، chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spices (middle eastern mixed spices)
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram (mardaqoosh)


  • 500 g minced meat
  • 300 g lamb fat chopped, (le’ya kharouf)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ghee 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spices (middle eastern bhaar)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 300 g lamb fat, chopped medium-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Sumac powder (optional) - wild bush berries from Mediterranean region
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate molases (debs romaan)
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (Syrian debs flaifleh)



  • Wash the burghul we several times until the water almost clear.
  • Soak in filtered water with a little salt for apple cider vinegar for 15-20 minutes and then drain.
  • Squeeze the burghul with your hands; put into a medium sized bowl.
  • Grind the burghul and onions in a meat grinder using the fine grind or a food processor.
  • Grind the meat chunks (habra) (if not ground) in a meat grinder using the fine grind or a food processor.
  • Into a large bowl, mix the ground burghul, onions and meat in large bowl.
  • Add the salt, black pepper, mixed spices (bhar) and the marjoram (mardaoosh) over the burghul, onions and meat dough.
  • Using hands mix the prepared dough adding little bit of water if needed until having slight smooth consistency.

The Stuffing

  • Stuffing ingredients can be mixed together without cooking. Traditionally kobba is lowly grilled on ‘Manqal’ over coal ‘traditional Middle Eastern grilling tool’. It will be slightly have the taste of ‘kooba neya’ which is the traditional Lebanese raw kobba.
  • To cook the stuffing, on medium high heat add the meat into a skillet; stir until colour changes and water dries.
  • Add the onions over the meat, ghee, salt, black pepper, mixed spices and paprika. Mix well.
  • Reduce to low heat and cover the skillet.
  • After 2 minutes add the sumac (if used) and the piece of lamb fat (ley’a).
  • Keep the meat to cook 5 more minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium high and stir to prevent the meat sticking on the pan for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the pomegranate molasses (debs romaan), pomegranate seeds, chopped walnuts, hot sauce (debs flaifleh). Mix all.

Preparing the Kobba.

  • Take a piece of the kobba dough into a small ball and flat it on your palms to about 8 cm (3”) pancake disc.
  • Prepare another pancake disc having same size.
  • Add the stuffing in the centre of one pancake disc.
  • Top with the second pancake disc while holding the first pancake disc with your palms opened.
  • Dip your fingers of the other hand into water while sealing between the two pancake discs.
  • Shape the top pancake disc into a dome.

Baking the Kobba in oven

  • Brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil.
  • Arrange the stuffed kobba onto the sheet keeping them apart.
  • Add one piece of ghee on each piece of kobba or brush with vegetable oil.
  • Bake in (450F/232C) about 10 minutes or until edges golden brown.
  • Open the broiler and keep the kobba pieces couple of minutes until the top is golden brown.

Grilling the Kobba.

  • Prepare the ‘Manqal’ and light the coal carefully.
  • Arrange the prepared kobba on the grill.
  • Allow them to cook the low heat of the coal until the fat melts and the meat is cooked; the outer shell cooks too.
  • Turn the kobba on the other side to cook as well.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g
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  1. Vivian A Van Brienen

    When I made this last time, tried to fry in the hot oil, it started falling apart. Any suggestions.??

    • Asma

      Hello Ma’am, let me first start by thanking you for reaching out and for giving us the pride and trying our humble recipe, now I have a quick solution for your problem; don’t be frustrated, it can happen a lot, but there is always a solution for this issue, I assume that this problem resulted of using too much bulgur any a little quantity of meat, or if not, you might have not kneaded the dough very well; so you can try adding a small quantity of cornstarch powder to the dough and the issue shall be fixed.

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