Homemade Frikadellen: German Meat Patties Recipe











Discover the coziness of German cuisine with these easy-to-make Frikadellen, a tasty blend of ground meat, onions, and herbs. Perfect for any day of the week!


Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients

Start by peeling and dicing your onions. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions until they're soft and translucent. This process helps to enhance their sweetness, adding more depth of flavor to your Frikadellen. Getting your onions to that perfect golden color is the first secret to a tasty patty!
Pro Tip: Make sure not to burn the onions; golden and soft is what you're aiming for.

Step 2: Combine the Meat Mixture

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sautéed onions with the ground meat. In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and milk until the breadcrumbs are nicely soaked, then add this to the meat mixture. This little trick ensures your Frikadellen will be moist and tender. Mixing breadcrumbs soaked in milk might seem unusual, but it's a game-changer for keeping the patties juicy!
Pro Tip: Let the breadcrumbs soak for a few minutes to fully absorb the milk.

Step 3: Form Patties and Cook

To your meat mixture, add the egg, basil, salt and pepper, and mix well. With damp hands, form the mixture into palm-sized patties. Then, in a large non-stick skillet heated with a bit of oil over medium-high heat, pan-fry your Frikadellen. Cook them until they're browned on both sides and cooked through. The joy of seeing those perfectly browned patties sizzle in the pan is what cooking is all about!
Pro Tip: Dampening your hands prevents the meat mixture from sticking to them.