Saturday, November 6, 2021

Beef Fatayer Recipe (Savory Hand Pies) + Video

This fatayer recipe uses frozen rolls for the dough, saving you both time and effort! Make these savory hand pies for an easy, flavorful meal.

Spiced ground beef and potatoes are stuffed into triangle pastry pockets for a delicious meat pie that’s perfect for dinner or a snack.

They’re perfect for entertaining as well, and the recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd.

These Lebanese meat pies are very similar to some of my signature bomb recipes - they use the same frozen dinner rolls and are stuffed with all kinds of flavorful fillings. Choose from a variety of flavor options including breakfast, dinner, and dessert!

Beef Fatayer Recipe (Savory Hand Pies)

Fatayer Recipe - Tips and Tricks

  • Taste test the filling. I like to take a spoonful of the meat mixture and cook it in the microwave first. That way, I can be sure that it’s seasoned properly and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Use a scoop! This ensures that the filling is evenly divided and prevents the savory hand pies from bursting due to being too full.
  • Thaw rolls quickly. Place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat on defrost for about 3 to 4 minutes - or until the dough is no longer frozen, but not cooked.
  • Rotate your trays. Halfway through baking, swap the tray positions in the oven to ensure that all of them are baked evenly and golden brown on top.
  • Need a smaller batch? Feel free to halve this fatayer recipe if needed, or prepare the whole batch and freeze some for later. 

fatayer recipe ingredients

Video: Lebanese Meat Pies

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Serving Suggestions

Lebanese meat pies are typically served with plain yogurt for dipping and a fresh cucumber salad.

You could also add a tray of hummus and veggies sticks or your favorite roasted vegetables.

lebanese meat pies being stuffed

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I make this fatayer recipe ahead of time?

Yes - you can prepare the meat mixture a day in advance and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble. Or, put everything together, cover, and chill until you are ready to bake.

savory hand pies pinched closed

What else can I add to the filling?

Pine nuts are a popular addition, especially when they are toasted first. You could also add a little feta cheese on top of the meat mixture before sealing up the dough.

Many recipes include diced onion (yellow or sweet) and tomatoes as well. Just be sure to finely dice the tomatoes and drain them well if using canned.

And instead of the combination of spices listed, try a blend like 7 spice or shawarma. Or, add cayenne or red pepper flakes for some heat.

Can I save leftover savory hand pies?

Absolutely! Not only are these good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, but they freeze beautifully. Allow them to cool before storing them in a ziploc bag.

Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Warm leftovers in the oven at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.


fatayer recipe on a baking sheet

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lebanese meat pies stacked

Yield: 24
Author: Donna Elick
Beef Fatayer Recipe (Savory Hand Pies)

Beef Fatayer Recipe (Savory Hand Pies)

This fatayer recipe uses frozen rolls for the dough, saving you both time and effort! Make these savory hand pies for an easy, flavorful meal.
Prep time: 60 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 1 H & 11 M


  • 24 Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (85-88%)
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (1 cup) sticks unsalted butter, (divided) *1 stick cut into 24 pieces (cut into 6 pieces and then cut each into ¼’s) the other stick melted


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Lightly flour a large cutting board or a countertop. Place frozen dough balls on the counter to thaw, flipping them once after about 30 minutes. Shortcut method in Donna's notes.
  3. Combine beef, potatoes, eggs and seasonings. Mix with clean hands until combined. I usually will take a small scoop of the meat and microwave it to make sure it is plenty flavorful. Adjust seasonings to taste. Set aside.
  4. Lightly toss 1 piece of dough in flour and flatten and stretch like you are making a mini pizza. Stretch dough to about 3-4” across. I like to use a small rolling pin to make sure that I do not get any thin spots.
  5. Add about 3 tablespoons of the beef mixture to the center of the flattened dough. Add a pat of butter on top of the beef mixture).
  6. Grab the top and bottom edges of the dough and crimp together on the right side. Pull the left edge up to meet the crimped dough. crimp the two edges to the dough to make a triangle package.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat until there are 12 on each cookie sheet.
  8. Brush the fatayer with melted butter.
  9. Bake the fatayer for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the bombs are no longer doughy, swapping the trays half way during cook time.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush the fatayer with butter again.
  11. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, remove from tray and set on a cooling rack.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
  1. To defrost the rolls quickly, place dinner rolls on a microwave safe plate and microwave on defrost for about 3-4 minutes (or until dough is no longer frozen, but not cooked).

Beef Fatayer Recipe (Savory Hand Pies) closeup

Originally published November 2021

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