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German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)



Frikadelle is a popular German entrée.  It looks almost like a Hamburger but it is thicker and contains some bread. They are very good served with mashed potatoes and brown mushroom gravy.

When I went to Pastry school in Bonn, there was a Frickadellen Stand across from the school where we would get our lunch. 

  • 1-pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2-pound ground pork
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/3-cup water

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients using a fork or hand. It’s a lot easier to use your hands.  With a wet hand, form 3 inch by 1 1/2 inch thick patties. 

In a large pan heat some olive oil. Brown well on both sides, reduce heat, and cook for 25 minutes.  They are best eaten well done. 

Serve with mashed potatoes and Knorr or Durkee brown gravy.

For the brown gravy, sauté 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms and stir into gravy.