Frikadellen, one of the most popular German meat dishes, are flat, pan-fried patties of ground meat, chopped onions, bread crumbs, herbs, and the seasoning. Frikadellen are like the German equivalent of a hamburger. They are often served with potato salad, or German dumplings, or Sauerkraut. They take a sauce (I like black pepper sauce the most) very well too. A common variant of Frikadellen are prepared with minced chicken.
- Peel and dice the onions, then saute in oil until transparent. Add sauteed onions to ground meat in a mixing bowl. Stir together breadcrumbs and milk and add to meat mixture.
- Add egg, basil, salt and pepper and mix well. Dampen hands and form meat mixture into palm-sized patties.
- Preheat non-stick skillet with a little oil. Pan-fry the meat patties over medium high heat until browned on both sides. Serve them with salad, fries and tzatziki. Alternatively they can be served with German dumplings and black pepper sauce.