Ground Bulgur Meat

Bulgur is a quick-cooking type of whole wheat, commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, that has been cleaned, parboiled, dried and ground.  This ground bulgur “meat” is a wonderful stand-in for ground beef in dishes like tacos, chili, casseroles, and “meat” sauces.  One tip: It works especially well in our Corn & Green Chile Enchiladas.  If taco seasoning isn’t for you, try mixing in another of your favorite seasonings!


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2 cups bulgur wheat, uncooked
2 cups water
1 cup raw walnuts
1 large onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon McKay’s Beef-Like Seasoning (or other beef-like seasoning)
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (or other preferred seasoning) to be added later


  1. Make the Ground Burger: Preheat oven to 300°F. Place bulgur wheat in a saucepan. Process the remaining ingredients (water, walnuts, onion, garlic, McKay’s Seasoning, salt) in a high-speed blender until smooth, then pour over the bulgur wheat. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, while simmering. Turn off the heat and let it stand for about 20 minutes.
  2. Spread evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for about 1 hour, or until the burger is mostly dry. After 30 minutes, stir. When done cooking, remove from oven and crumble it with your fingers.
  3. Since this recipe makes a large amount, place the desired portion in a skillet, then add water and seasoning for flavor. Freeze the remaining bulgur in sandwich bags. When ready to use, heat the bulgur meat in a skillet, adding water and desired seasoning.

Prep Time: 1 ½ hours
Serving Size: 6 cups
Jonathan Ewald

“If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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