Meat & Bulgur Patties

After I made this salad, I had plenty of bulgur, mint and cilantro leftover, and so thought I would use them to make meat patties. Bulgur is traditionally used in meat patties in many Mediterranean countries; it adds a nice texture and acts like bread or breadcrumbs in soaking up juices and keeping ground meats moist. Lamb yields very flavorful patties but ground turkey or beef will be delicious as well.



Yield: 6 PATTIES

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 10 MIN


½ cup bulgur
1 pound ground beef or other meat
¼ cup chopped mint
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 small sweet onion, minced
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon allspice
2 to 3 tablespoons canola or olive oil, for pan frying


Place the bulgur in a bowl and pour enough boiling water over it to cover it. Let it sit for 20 minutes until it soaks up the water and swells up. Drain excess water.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the bulgur with the rest of the ingredients. Use your hands to gently knead the mixture. With wet hands, shape the mixture into six (3.5- to 4-inch) patties.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the patties until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Serve immediately.


5 Responses to “Meat & Bulgur Patties”

  1. 1

    Dan — 03/28/2013 @ 9:09 pm

    It’s interesting that you mix the cilantro with the mint. It’s normally an either or for me.

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    Eha — 03/29/2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Have made patties similar to these but also not included mint nor allspice. Shall try soonest!

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    Jalapenojonny — 03/31/2013 @ 2:08 am

    These look so tasty and I will have to try making these. Moroccan spices are so delicious and I have just started trying to make a few things my self including Zaalouk which is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sues — 04/02/2013 @ 9:23 am

    What a great idea for adding a bit more fun to a burger :) This sounds so flavorful and delicious!

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    Lizzy (Good Things) — 04/11/2013 @ 10:26 am

    I love the sound of your meat patties. I make something similar with lamb mince, chilli, ginger, coriander and garlic.

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