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Traditional German Meat Patties (Oma's Frikadellen)

Frikadellen is a term commonly used in Germany to refer to a popular type of meatball or minced meat patty. Frikadellen are often served as a main course or as part of a meal alongside side dishes such as potatoes, vegetables, or salads. There are several regional names for Frikadellen in Germany, like Buletten, Fleischpflanzerl, Klopse/Klops or Bratklops. These regional names might vary depending on the specific dialects and local culinary traditions. However, regardless of the name used, the basic concept and preparation of the dish remain quite similar.

Takes about 30min  |  Serves 4



  • 500g ground beef or a mixture of beef and pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bread roll (1-2 days old), soaked in water and squeezed dry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef (or beef and pork mixture) with the chopped onion, minced garlic, soaked and squeezed rolls, egg, parsley, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.

  2. Once the mixture is well mixed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld and make the mixture easier to handle.

  3. After the mixture has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Take a small handful of the meat mixture and shape it into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly to form a patty, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Repeat this process until you have used up all the meat mixture, making around 8 to 10 patties.

  4. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the Frikadellen in the pan, leaving enough space between them for easy flipping. You may need to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your pan.

  5. Cook the Frikadellen for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are nicely browned and cooked through. You can press down lightly on them with a spatula to ensure they cook evenly.

  6. Once cooked, remove the Frikadellen from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

  7. Serve the "Omas Frikadellen" hot with your choice of accompaniments. They are often enjoyed with mustard, ketchup, or a side of warm German potato salad and pickles.

Enjoy the delicious taste of "Omas Frikadellen" and savour the flavours of traditional German cuisine!