RECIPE: Frikadellen (German-Style Burgers)

Frikadellen served with potatoes. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Homeplate and Metro Monthly.


This is a German recipe for a meat patty that you can eat hot or cold. It is traditionally served in German beer gardens and restaurants.


1½ pounds ground beef (chuck)
½ pound ground pork
3 slices dry rye bread
2 eggs
½ Teaspoon pepper
1 Teaspoon salt
1 medium onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 Tablespoon Maggi seasoning
Bread crumbs
Makes 10-12  patties


Mix ground meat together in a bowl. Soak rye bread in water for 10 minutes. Squeeze bread dry and crumble it by hand into the bowl. Mix in to the meat mixture the onion, eggs, salt, pepper and seasoning. Mix well. Add cheese (optional). Mix well. Form meat mixture into meat patties (the size of a small hamburger). Press patties into bread crumbs on both sides.


Fry in shortening on medium heat 5 to 6 minutes on each side until brown.


Frikadellen goes well with green beans, home fries, mashed potatoes, or as a casual food to eat with your fingers. It also goes well with a good German beer.

ABOUT HELGA WENGLER – “Homeplate Homestyle” host Helga Wengler is a native of Frankfurt, Germany. She learned to cook from her mother and loves to share her knowledge and expertise with TV viewers each week on “Homeplate Homestyle.”  She and her husband, Wolfgang, are very active in the local community. Helga and Wolfgang also enjoy spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. Visit for more of Helga’s recipes.

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  1. I am of German background but never really grew up with the German food in our house. I am loving your segment and have tried many of the dishes. They have become staples in my home! Thanks Helga and Metro!!


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