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. When done cooking, remove from oven and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then 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
Yield: 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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