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Hummus bil Lahme

Hummus bil Lahme (Hummus with Spiced Lamb)

If you love hummus but want it to be a tad more flavorful, why not add some spiced meat as a topping. While hummus bil lahme indicates spiced lamb, you can also use ground beef, ground chicken, or heartier meat substitutes for this recipe.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: hummus bil lahme, hummus with meat, hummus with spiced lamb
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled (mince 2 cloves for the lamb topping)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (and more as needed)
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (plus extra as needed)
  • 3/4 pound of ground lamb or protein of choice
  • 1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon baharat seasoning
  • 1 medium tomato chopped garnish
  • 3-4 mint leaves, finely chopped garnish


  • For Hummus:
  • Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, yogurt, 3 garlic cloves, cumin, water, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a food processor.
  • Process the mixture until smooth.
  • Thin out the hummus with 1-2 tablespoons of water if it is too thick.
  • Transfer hummus to a serving dish.
  • With a spoon, create a shallow spiral well in the center.
  • For Spiced Lamb:
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Next, add the 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer the onions and garlic to a clean bowl.
  • Add a little extra oil (about 1 teaspoon) to the skillet.
  • Add ground meat, season with baharat, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Scoop away any rendered oil and discard. Stir in cooked onion, garlic, and toasted pine nuts to meat mixture. Taste and add salt if needed. Cook for 1 more minute and remove from heat.
  • Scoop meat onto the hummus, garnish with tomato, mint leaves, and serve


*I recommend using a meat substitute that has the texture of cooked beef. Simply follow the above instructions above for preparing the meat topping, but adjust time for doneness.  


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4mg