Lebanese Pumpkin Kibbeh

Lebanese Pumpkin Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a very popular dish in most Middle Eastern countries that often has the form of a small football. Baked Kibbeh is a kind of pie. For the crust mix bulgur (cracked wheat) with pumpkin. The filling combines meat, spinach, and optional nuts with a baharat spice blend. Or substitute garbanzo beans for meat.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 3



  • 1 lb ground beef

Fresh Produce

  • 10 oz baby spinach washed
  • 1/2 lb pumpkin peeled, deseeded, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 lemon for juice


  • 1 cup yogurt plain
  • butter

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 cup bulgur number 1 fine
  • salt


  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • salad of your choice

Kibbeh Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Chili, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves
  • [2] Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, fenugreek, allspice, ginger



  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp butter over medium heat.
  • Cook onion slices for 5 minutes.
  • Add meat, Kibbeh [1] spices, salt to taste, and nuts (optional).
  • Cook until meat is cooked through. Stir frequently to break the meat up.
  • Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.


  • Cook pumpkin in salted water until soft. Take it out.
  • Use the cooking water to prepare bulgur according to package instructions.
  • Mash pumpkin and mix with chopped onions.
  • Gradually stir in bulgur to receive a moist mixture.
  • Add Kibbeh [2] spices and salt to taste.


  • Preheat OVEN to 375°F.
  • Grease a 2 qt. BAKING DISH.
  • Add 3 layers:
  • half of the Kibbeh, the filling, then the rest of the Kibbeh.
  • Press and flatten the surface.
  • Create a nice pattern with a fork.
  • Spread 1 tbsp melted butter on top.
  • Bake in the OVEN 30 – 45 minutes until the surface begins to brown.


  • Serve with yogurt mixed with lemon juice to taste as dressing and salad as a side (optional).
  • Enjoy!


  • Substitute beef with lamb, chicken, or 1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz).
  • Substitute pumpkin with zucchini or potatoes.