German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)

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The original hamburger, these are served like a flattened meatball with some steamed string beans and salad. I also like to use this recipe to make Swedish meatballs (but omit the paprika). My Aunt in Hamburg, Germany taught me this recipe and I've been making them ever since. Serve with steamed string beans and tossed salad. Or serve on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers, finely sliced deep fried onions and curry ketchup.

close up view of German Hamburgers (Frikadellen) served with potato salad on plates
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Kaiser roll

  • pound ground beef

  • pound ground pork

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Soak Kaiser roll in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Drain, squeezing out excess water, and crumble into a large bowl.

  2. Mix crumbled roll with ground beef, ground pork, onion, parsley, egg, paprika, salt, and black pepper until well blended. Shape meat into large flattened meatballs.

  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; fry meatballs until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 351mg 7%

* 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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