Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

Thanks to Uncle Phaedrus, Finder of Lost Recipes at, this recipe for the meat patties found in real German delis is here for your delight.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb ground beef
  • 12 lb ground veal
  • 12 lb ground pork (all ground together)
  • 3 slices white bread (softened in water and squeezed dry)
  • 1 egg
  • 12 cup finely chopped onion
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon beef stock
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cup vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, place ground meats*, softened white.
  2. bread, beaten egg, chopped onion, salt, beef stock and pepper; mix thoroughly.
  3. Shape mixture into flat cakes, 1/2-inch thick, using a level 1/3 cup measure and a spatula.
  4. In an 11 to 12-inch skillet, heat vegetable oil.
  5. Add meat cakes; brown quickly on both sides; lower heat and cook.
  6. slowly for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. *Whilewe all don't have meat grinders on hand, you can alwalys"super chop" meats to tiny bits to get the ground effect if any of these meats are not available ground in your area.
Most Helpful

This is a good recipe for the meat cakes. In most of Germany we call them "Frikadellen", in Berlin they are called "Buletten" and in Bavaria" Fleischkuechle" hence the name meat cakes.The beef stock is new to me but will sure try next time I cook them. I add a good spicy mustard ( 1-2 teaspoon), that is the way my Mom and Oma made them. I am german too. Born and raised there.Lecker! ( tasty)You will also find them for sale in german pubs just like pickels here in the U.S. Arranged on a cakestand( not too tasty though cause they add less meat but more bread, cheaper that way)I guess the idea is to soake up the alkohol in once stomach :)

texasgal #3 July 23, 2009

These turned out much better than I thought. While I was making them I had a feeling they wouldn't have enough flavor, but I was certainly wrong. I'm glad I stuck with the recipe as is, I now have another use for ground meat(which is always in my freezer).

Chef Jean July 12, 2008

These patties are excellent. I make mine with just the ground beef. DH loves to take them to lunch the next day and eat them cold with ketshup. They are a little like meatloaf but really quick to fix.

teresas February 01, 2006