Bourak (Middle Eastern Egg Rolls)

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by Authentic Foodiee
30 bouraks
20 min

Bourek is a delicious Middle Eastern appetizer that can be filled with meat or cheese, both options are delicious! Normally, we would serve this alongside other Middle Eastern appetizers such as hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, or fathoush. They also make the perfect late night snack if you ask me! Yes, these are fried, but you can totally take the healthier route when making these by baking them instead, however, you must know they will not taste the same! Bourak is definitely a comfort food...and it reminds me a lot of my childhood. Other than how amazing they taste, they are fairly simple to make and can be kept in the freezer so you can make a large batch and have them at your convenience or for when you have guests over...they are a crowd pleaser!

Bourak (Middle Eastern Egg Rolls)
Recipe details
  • 30  bouraks
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  • 5 chopped scallions (green onion)
  • Two to three packages of egg roll wrappers
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Water to dab on the edge of the roll
  • Cooking Oil

In a medium heated pan, cook the ground beef with the onion, parsley, black pepper and salt until fully cooked through. Set aside.
Place the wonton wrapper in a diamond shape so that the pointed edge is pointing towards you.. this makes a more even cigar shaped roll. Add a small amount of the meat mixture to the middle and create an even line.
Wrap the roll and seal the sides, wrap tightly... when you get to the end add a dab of water to allow the roll to maintain its shape. Otherwise it will fall apart.
Cook over medium heat in any cooking oil of your choice. Cook until each side has changed in color and the egg roll wrap has begun to bubble.
  • Wonton wrappers can work if you can't find egg roll wrappers... they might be a little smaller in size though.
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  • MIG22973005 MIG22973005 on Apr 07, 2023

    I'm wondering what in the world would make this recipe a "middle-eastern" recipe?!?! No spices, no uncommon ingredients???

    • Tammy Tammy on Apr 08, 2023

      My thoughts exactly - would spice them up!!!

  • Mona Mona on Apr 08, 2023

    These Bourek are definitely Middle Eastern, however they are more typically made with ground lamb and perhaps some mint, in addition to the parsley.


      True. My husband makes a tray of phyllo stuffed with a stuffing made of ground beef, chopped onions, chopped green peppers, mushrooms “his variation”, salt and pepper, pomegranate juice, cumin, parsley and zaatar. It is delicious! Will try this one with egg roll wrappers.