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kibbeh nayeh Lebanese raw kibbeh appetizer

Kibbeh Nayeh Recipe (Lebanese Raw Kibbeh)

  • Author: Mariam
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Kibbeh nayeh is a delicious Lebanese ground raw meat dish. If you've never tried to make raw kibbeh, this recipe is easy.


Units Scale
  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) raw meat (I used lamb, you can use veal or beef)
  • 20 ounces (600 grams) fine bulgur wheat (dry weight prior to getting soaked)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon seven spices
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Water (keep a bowl on hand to help you form the kibbeh dough)


  1. Soak the bulgar wheat in water for 40 minutes to 1 hour. The bulgar should be soft when ready. Drain the bulgar wheat.
  2. Split the meat into three batches. Ground the first two in a food processor and place them in a bowl. Put the third batch in the food processor along with the onion and spices and process. Add this mixture to the rest of the ground meat. 
  3. Add the bulgur to the meat and start kneading the mixture with your hands until everything is mixed together (it takes around 5-7 minutes so keep mixing). If you feel the mixture needs it, place your hands in a bowl of cold water and then mix again. 
  4. Once everything is combined, shape the mixture into a large ball. 
  5. Move it to the serving dish and start patting it down until it covers the entire dish. Use a fork to make lines across the kibbeh nayeh. 
  6. Drizzle with olive oil. Decorate with greens and/or mint. Serve & enjoy.


  • Serve cold. 
  • Due to the nature of raw meat, this recipe should be eaten the same day it's made. 
  • Make sure to get the ground meat from a source that's appropriate for raw consumption. There are inherent health risks when consuming raw meat, so it's not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 1/12 dish
  • Calories: 331 calories
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 55 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg

Keywords: kibbeh nayeh, raw kibbeh, lebanese raw meat

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