Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls


Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls (Mici or Mititei) are great when grilled, but you could roast or pan-fry. Serve hot with good Italian bread and mustard accompanied by a cold beer. It is great for backyard parties. My friends just love it !

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 8 ounces chopped suet

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon finely ground juniper berries

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons beef broth


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, suet, baking soda, caraway seeds, garlic, salt, pepper and juniper berries using your hands. Mix with your hands for about 15 minutes, adding a little bit of the water at a time. This part can be made a few hours ahead of time if you like.

  2. Preheat a grill for high heat. With wet hands form the meat into rolls about 3 inches long and 1 inch thick. Brush lightly with oil.

  3. Grill the meat for 5 to 10 minutes, basting frequently with a mixture of beef broth and any remaining oil, until well done.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1286 Calories
124g Fat
1g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 124g 159%
Saturated Fat 56g 279%
Cholesterol 232mg 77%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 543mg 12%

* 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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