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.

Amy

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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

272 calories; protein 22.4g 45% DV; carbohydrates 8.5g 3% DV; fat 16g 25% DV; cholesterol 116.8mg 39% DV; sodium 137.8mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
I doubled this recipe (I actually had two day-old Kaiser rolls to use, believe it or not) and actually made meatballs out of them. I set half aside for tomorrow and used the other half to make Swedish Meatballs in a homemade cream sauce. Delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2018
Neither myself or my husband liked this recipe. I made it into a meat loaf rather than burgers or meatballs but I followed the recipe as stated. We didn t like the consistency and it was quite bland. Not sure why it got so many rave reviews. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 27
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  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
I doubled this recipe (I actually had two day-old Kaiser rolls to use, believe it or not) and actually made meatballs out of them. I set half aside for tomorrow and used the other half to make Swedish Meatballs in a homemade cream sauce. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
Excellent recipe! I grew up eating Frikadellen and these are just as I remembered. I will be making them for my family often. Thanks Amy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2012
Delicious recipe Amy! I make Frikadellen for my kids all the time. They love them hot or cold. Adding a little soy sauce and rolling them in breadcrumbs before baking is another variation. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!! Reminds me of home:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2016
Just the way my Mutti made them - but she breaded them also and called them "bouletten" I make these all the time - they are delicious on the grill also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2013
I have actually made these when I lived About an hour SW of Munich in Germany only I know them under a different name. The name we called them was Rissoles or Koenigsberger but the only difference i used was dill was a spice used and my mother in law who was born and raised in Germany (Swabian dialect) taught me this recipe it is actually one of my favorite and very easy.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2014
I followed the recipe exactly and my family couldn't stop raving about it! Even my 3 year old cleaned his plate. We love German food and will add this to our list of German favorites. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2018
Neither myself or my husband liked this recipe. I made it into a meat loaf rather than burgers or meatballs but I followed the recipe as stated. We didn t like the consistency and it was quite bland. Not sure why it got so many rave reviews. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2017
Really nice I served it with a mushroom gravy and sautéed onions on a kaiser bun with a little bit of honey mustard -I've added it to my favorites Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2018
They came out very good tasting but did not hold together I will try a meat with less fat and that will do the trick next time. I used sliced bread and it worked great. My mom made these a lot and my aunt too when I visited in her in Germany. We love them. Read More
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