frikadellen in the raw

Frikadellen is a typical recipe meat patty hailing from Germany. As we know, the Germans have a long standing love affair with meat. From sausages to rouladen, but perhaps few people know about the Frikadellen.

This delightful German dish was first introduced to me by my mother-in-law, who is German. Cooking up her many specialties in the kitchen was not an uncommon sight. Some of her traditional dishes I found to be quite delicious, but hard to reproduce. The dumpling or knoedel for example is a dish I have tried and failed multiple times. Rouladen is a special rolled meat dish which I also found a bit difficult to make. However, this dish I loved.

Perhaps it resembled home to me, with its close familiarity to hamburgers. But there’s a secret ingredient here, something our American hamburger has never seen. That secret is of course the milk-soaked bread. This little addition, coupled with the frying method, is somehow quite different than our American version of the hamburger.

Either way, give this one a try. Serve it up to family and friends and pass along a few hundred years worth of tradition.


A lovely German recipe, passed down from generations.  Enjoy this recipe with your family, German or not.
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Keyword Meats
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 kg ground beef
  • 2-3 medium bread rolls hard, not soft
  • 1 cup milk to soak bread
  • 1-2 small onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium egg
  • pinch salt and pepper


  • first step is to soak the bread rolls you let get hard and stale.
    This usually takes a good hour, or 30  min. at least.  Just let them soak
  • In the mean time, assemble your meat, onions, salt, pepper, and egg. 
  • now, add in the soft, soaked bread in pieces to the mixture
  • mix well, either by hand, or with a wooden spoon
  • form small to medium sized patties by hand.
  • get your frying pan, and add frying oil, wait until evenly hot, and begin to cook.
  • cooking on each side 3-4 min. or until nicely browned.  When cooked, assemble on a warming tray and keep warm in oven.
  • serve with traditional mashed potatoes, or dumplings.  Sauce is optional, but not necessary
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