Turkey Kibbeh

Turkey Kibbeh

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

Kibbeh, a seasoned lamb and bulgur mixture, is one of the national dishes of Lebanon. It's often served raw, drizzled with olive oil, with slices of sharp white onion and fresh pita bread alongside, but is also baked or stuffed and deep-fried. This baked version uses lean ground turkey to cut fat and finely shredded zucchini to keep it moist while baking. Make it a meal: serve with toasted pita bread and a salad tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • Kibbeh
  • ½ cup bulgur
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1½ pounds 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely shredded
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Yogurt sauce
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • ½ medium cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray. Place bulgur in a small bowl and cover with hot water.
  2. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in pine nuts.
  3. Drain the bulgur, pressing on it to remove any liquid. Transfer to a large bowl and add turkey, zucchini, marjoram, cumin, salt, allspice and cayenne. Gently mix until combined. Pat half the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the onion mixture, pressing it gently into the turkey layer. Cover with the rest of the turkey mixture, pressing gently into the onion layer. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake the kibbeh for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165°F, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  5. To prepare yogurt sauce & serve: While the kibbeh is baking, combine yogurt, cucumber, tomato and pepper in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Cut the kibbeh into 6 squares and serve warm with the yogurt sauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator, then reheat in a 350°F oven.
  • Tip: To toast pine nuts: Cook in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 264 calories; 9 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 23 mcg folate; 47 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 284 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 102 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 381 mg sodium; 353 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 4

September 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
try it with beef or veal instead of turkey. Im lebanese and in our home its often served with tabboule or a salad of yogurt with sliced cucumbers and some garlic and mint.
March 23, 2011
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By: Julie
A Flavor Explosion I love the different flavors in this dish. I cook for other families once a week and this dish has been a favorite for at least 2 years. The meat mixture releases a LOT of water while it cooks so I like to let the Kibbeh sit after it has cooked to allow the moisture to be reabsorbed into the meat. I also often use non-fat instead of low fat yogurt. Delicious!
November 29, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
LOVE this. Sophisticated enough for adults but still child-friendly.
June 17, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is really good. I made it into a sandwich with tzatziki sauce and lettuce on a pita.
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