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German mixed ground meat basic recipe

This basic recipe is for german Frikadellen , Fleischküchlein, Hackbraten (german meatloaf), Königsberger Klöpse, Fleischknödel (german meatballs) or filled bell peppers.


450 g / 1 lbs ground lean beef (or mixed 50/50 ground lean beef with ground lean pork or ground turkey, or substitute all the beef with ground turkey)

1 day old Kaiser roll (or 1 1/2 day old hamburger roll or 3-4 slices of day old toast)

Water to soak in

1 egg

1 small or 1/2 large onion

1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley

salt, pepper

Thyme, basil, marjoram

bread crumbs


Soak the day old Kaiser roll in little warm water. Grate the onion using a box grater.

Place the ground meat in a bowl, add the grated onion, herbs, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, egg and the soaked Kaiser roll (squeezing out excess water before adding to the ground meat).

Mix everything kneading well with your hands. If mixture appears to moist add a couple of tablespoons of dried bread crumbs.

Tip: you can substitute the day old bun with only bread crumbs if time is short; it tastes just as good.

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