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Vine leaves burgers (Aqras dawali(or Waraa' Enub) bel lahmeh)

This recipe is not a familiar recipe for stuffed Vine Leaves. In addition to the known recipes, my mom used to prepare this light healthy stuffed vine leaves, they are like small burgers wrapped with Vine leaves, and they taste so delicious and so easy to make.


  • 250gm vine leaves

  • 500gm ground beef

  • 1 onion, grated

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • 4 tbsp parsley, chopped

  • 2 tsp salt (to season)

  • ½ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, ¼ tsp ground clove, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced

  • 1-1½ cup boiling water + 1 cube chicken stock

  • Grated garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil to sprinkle over top


  • 1.

    In deep pot, bring 1 litre or more water to boil. Add the vine leaves and leave over low heat for 5-7 minutes for fresh leaves, and if preserved ones, they need 20minutes. Remove from pot and run under cold water.

  • 2.

    Mix beef with salt, pepper, spices, onion, garlic and parsley.

  • 3.

    On a work surface, lay out one vine leaf, smooth side down (if leaf is small, use two overlapping). Take a ball of meat, form it into a small round burger shape desk, &place it on vine leaf. Fold the sides to the middle to wrap the meat and form a round disc. Place in an oven dish seam side down. Continue the same till you consume all meat stuffing.

  • 4.

    Arrange tomato slices over the vine leaves discs. Dissolve chicken stock cube in boiling water and pour over the vine leaves, water should not be covering the tomatoes, cause tomatoes will ooze out all its juices as well. Sprinkle the grated garlic, salt pepper, paprika and olive oil on top.

  • 5.

    Cover plate with foil paper and place in 400F (200C) preheated oven, for about 30-35minutes. Remove cover and run under broiler for 5minutes till tomatoes are grilled a little.

  • 6.

    Serve hot with rice or bread.

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Posted by Abeer2Report
i cant even remember when i last had any of these. remind me to ask mom to make some when im in town. they r just delicious
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
huhuhuhuh.. yea, long time indeed :-)
I made them few times, and my friends loved it.. and it's so easy u know ... i should try making them again some day soon inshalla ..
If u come and visit, I will make it for u , before u go back home :-D .. u just pick ur self and come