Oven Baked Meatballs with Burghul

By Kitchen Keys

June 9, 2016

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This recipe is a little different because it has burghul, yet it is not kibbeh (with all its hard work). In Egypt, adding burghul to meatballs is not very common, but they add an amazingly subtle flavor, nice texture and added nutritional value. Dealing with burghul is so much easier than you think and this recipe requires nothing more than soaking the burghul in water and squeezing the water out with your hands. It's sure to become an easy "go to" recipe to be paired with just about anything!

Some tips on this recipe from Kitchen Keys are:
-If you are not using LEAN meat, don’t add the 2 tbsp of butter/olive oil/ghee.
-The cooking time might increase depending on the size of the meatballs.



1 kg Lean (low fat content) minced meat

1 Large onion, roughly chopped

1/2 cup Burghul

2 tbsp Olive oil, butter or ghee

3/4 tsp Allspice

Salt and pepper, to taste


Place the burghul in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 15 minutes.

Squeeze the burghul with your hands to drain it from the water (it has to be dry).

Place the dry burghul in the food processor along with the chopped onion and 1/4 of the minced meat quantity.

Process for about 30 seconds until the ingredients are mixed. The mixture will become lighter in color and more like a dough.

Remove the mixture from the food processor and add to the rest of the minced meat.

Add allspice, butter/ghee/oil, salt and pepper, and mix with your hands. Don’t over mix so that you don’t end up with tough meatballs.

Brush an oven tray with olive oil.

Roll the mixture into balls about 4-5 cm wide. Don’t press too firmly with your hands so that you don’t end up with tough meatballs. Place the balls on the tray.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are nicely browned and no longer raw in the inside. Don’t overbake or the meatballs will become too dry.

Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Store the leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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