This burek recipe is Eastern European in origin. My mom is from Bosnia and made this for me while I was growing up — my whole family always looked forward to it. Serve with Balkan-style yogurt for authenticity.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 burek


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 1 medium potato, finely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 16 sheets phyllo dough, thawed

  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Cook and stir ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain fat. Stir in allspice, paprika, salt, and pepper. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in potato and onion.

  3. Stack two sheets phyllo dough on a work surface. Spoon 1/8 of the beef mixture down one long edge of the stack, then roll phyllo around filling into a tube. Coil the tube into a snail shape and place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat to make seven more burek, placing finished coils up against one another to keep them from unrolling. Brush melted butter over the tops.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

797 Calories
42g Fat
73g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 797
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 703mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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