Frikadellen German Meat Patties

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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.

  • 500 g Ground meat (a mix of pork and beef)
  • 70 g Onions
  • 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • 4 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 60 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Basil, dried (or marjoram)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White pepper

  1. 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.
  2. Add egg, basil, salt and pepper and mix well. Dampen hands and form meat mixture into palm-sized patties.
  3. 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.


MaryMoh 8/1/10 17:07

That's a fabulous meal. Love the gravy. My children will surely love this, me too!

Fresh Local and Best 8/1/10 17:20

Angie, these patties look fabulous and tasty!

Happy cook 8/1/10 17:22

Here we have frikadel in the friet shops but then they are sausage shaped and they deep fry them.
This looks so so yumm.

dokuzuncubulut 8/1/10 17:47

Beautiful presentation. What a pretty dish!

Katy 8/1/10 17:59

Oh my! Those look so very very good! Nice comfy meal with foods I normally have. Excellent recipe.

Food For Tots 8/1/10 18:05

These meat patties look so moist and juicy!! I feel so hungry looking at them now.....

Vrinda 8/1/10 18:05

Awesome patties and colorful platter..yummmm

Gulmohar 8/1/10 18:07

What a fabulous platter..wholesome meal !!!

Heavenly Housewife 8/1/10 18:21

These look awesome. I think my husband would love this one!

Chef E 8/1/10 19:01

Great shots, and now I am very hungry for a burger! Now I am curious about the seasonings...

Bob 8/1/10 19:02

How is it I've never even heard of these? They look awesome, I'm totally stealing that recipe.

Sarah Naveen 8/1/10 19:33

Beautiful clicks, and such mouthwatering patties..looks awesome!!!!yummyyyyyyyy

Sook 8/1/10 19:35

Wow these patties look wonderful! I want to try lots of German food this year. I went and got a German cookbook last night. My husband's grandparents are from Germany and it'd be cool to explore their food. :)

Saju Sharfu 8/1/10 19:38

wow..just want to grab that looks soo lovely..

Aux délices des gourmets 8/1/10 19:53

belle présentation une assiette bien parfumée et pleine de saveurs
bonne soirée

Saveurs et Gourmandises 8/1/10 21:04

Un seul mot : MAGNIFIQUE.
see soon

Priya 8/1/10 23:31

Patties looks tempting..delicious..

doggybloggy 8/1/10 23:45

these frikadellen look fricken good!

Anonymous 8/1/10 23:59

I always want to know how to make these German frekedellen meat patties. Thanks for sharing.

Erica 9/1/10 02:43

Those patties sound delicious, Angie! I am printing this recipe. You are a great cook :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ 9/1/10 04:06

What tasty little Frikadellen! I bet their just delicious with the pepper sauce! Such an excellent comfort meal.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 9/1/10 04:35

Wah, this look so tempting !! will try out soon.

My Little Space 9/1/10 04:39

Angie, the beef patties look really appertizing lol! I'm salivating...

Ju (The Little Teochew) 9/1/10 07:14

Angie, you are AMAZING! This is so beautifully done and plated. I am totally in awe.

theUngourmet 9/1/10 07:39

Such perfect looking patties! They look delicious!

Ivy 9/1/10 09:55

I have never heard of them before but they sound delicious and beautifully presented.

pigpigscorner 9/1/10 11:16

these look great! So moist and juicy!

carmenpiva 9/1/10 12:43

Happy year 2010!!
Yummy, yummy your latest recipe (as usual)
I think I'll try this one. We do them, but they are round.

TasteHongKong 9/1/10 15:30

You have fried them in good shapes.

tracieMoo 9/1/10 17:02

this is so mouth watering!!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate 9/1/10 20:38

Oh those look SO good! You've reminded me that I have not made them in a long time... I think I should do something about that. :)

Your blog is lovely! I really like the format. Cheers!

Lavanya Siva 10/1/10 01:27

Just the prefect dish..........I love it.

Trissa 10/1/10 04:38

They look soooo moist! As soon as I can pronounce them I'll definitely bookmark to make them one day. They look much better than plain burgers!

Donna-FFW 10/1/10 05:18

What a lovely weeknight meal this would be!

zurin 10/1/10 08:23

I need that right now....those patties look wonderful and I love ur fotos!!

KennyT 10/1/10 08:38

Perhaps I should consider eating beef again, provided that you're cooking for moi, haha

Trish 10/1/10 23:21

I have all the ingredients to make this and so I shall. Never used basil with my patties before so this should be interesting. I'll let you know how mine turned out.

Ho Ho Ho 11/1/10 00:16

I have mince beef... might try this today...thanks...

tasteofbeirut 11/1/10 01:15

I worked (as a pastry maker) in a German eatery for a few months and I used to love all these dishes! Yum! Perfect for cold weather too!

By the way, I have some (free) goodies from my recent trip to Lebanon if you are interested!

nora@ffr 12/1/10 13:01

angies these patties sound awesome!!! ye did a great job!!

Anonymous 12/1/10 15:27

Yum, those look wonderful! My grandma made frikadellen with chicken that I loved so much!

Mythreyi Dilip 12/1/10 16:18

Wow! makes me hungry Angie. Feel like grabbing one from the screen:)

Kitchen Butterfly 14/1/10 22:11

Yummmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy, delish. Want some, of the chips too!!!!!!

SuDils 24/3/10 06:03

Oh, so THAT's why my mom made hamburgers this way! I always loved them...certainly not the same as the traditional American burger, which I love too, of course!


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