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Keftedes Greek Burgers

Updated: Jun 17

  • Keftedes is traditional meal origin from Greece. The recipe for Keftedes or Greek meatballs is a great one to have, as it can also be used to make burgers or souvlaki/ kebab. When making meatballs we tend to use a 50/50 mix of pork and beef mince, for burgers just beef and for kebab it is use a lamb. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 35 min, 4 serving
  • 500 g minced meat (pork/beef)

  • 1 onion/ finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic/ minced

  • 1 cup of sharp or stale bread (which has become a little stale / dry, not moldy!)

  • 1 egg/ scrambled

  • 1/2 Tablespoon each parsley and mint/ finely chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • flour as needed/ for rolling meatballs

  • Olive oil EVO for frying

  • 1 lemon juice for sprinkle

  1. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and parsley. Then add the ground piece of meat (do not mix yet)! By hand, with a blender or grater, break the bread into small crumbs, then add it to the rest of the ingredients. Do not mix the mixture yet! Beat the egg and pour over all the ingredients.

  2. Now start mixing. If the mixture is dry, add another 1/2 egg or a small amount of grated tomato (about 2 teaspoons). If it's too moist, add more bread crumbs. Once it has a nice consistency (it shouldn't stick to your hands or be so dry that it can't hold its shape)!

  3. Roll it into balls in the palm of your hand. About the size of a ping pong ball. To make burgers, use double the amount per serving and flatten into patties.

  4. Put some flour on a plate and gently roll the meatballs in the flour. Pour olive oil into the pan and heat it over moderate heat. Add the rolled meatballs, reduce the heat a little, and cook until they are completely golden brown.

  5. Before serving, check that they are fully cooked. When they are ready, serve them with lemon juice or add them to tomato sauce and serve with pasta or mashed potatoes.

Buon appetito!


  • Keftedes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3–4 days, covered.

If the mixture remains, cover with cling film. Use up to 3 days!

  • You can combine Keftedes with tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, polenta, rice, steamed or grilled vegetables.

  • You can fry keftedes in the oven at 180 °C for about 35 to 40 minutes.

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