Fleischküchle (German Burgers)
Unlike American hamburgers, German-style burgers are a lot smaller and aren't usually eaten in buns. It's a quick recipe so made at home when there's not much time to cook or as part of a simple lunch. Goes great with salads (especially German potato salad!) and/or brötchen (German bread rolls).
Background: My uncle in Germany used to make these and set out a whole big bowl filled with a small mountain of mini burgers! He would just eat them by hand ;) The secret is the nutmeg in my opinion!
- Ground beef and ground pork mix (400 g)
- Onion (1 medium )
- Bread or bread crumbs (2 small rolls, 2 slices or 1/2 cup crumbs)
- Egg (1)
- Mustard (1-2 tsp)
- Paprika powder (1/2 tsp)
- Nutmeg (1/2 to 1 tsp)
- Salt & pepper (To taste)
- Oil for frying (1 or 2 Tbsp)
Mince the onions as fine as possible. If using bread rolls or slices, soak in some water to soften, then squeeze the water out.
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix (using hands works best if you don't mind it!)
Knead the Hamburg mix into ball so it's tight and not crumbling apart (kind of like dough!).
Take out small balls of meat and form into little round patties. Make sure they are fairly firm and packed so they don't fall apart.
You'll get about 8-10 patties depending on the size you make them.
Heat oil on medium. When hot, place a few patties into the frying pan and fry for 5 minutes until bottom is well browned (fry in batches if needed).
Flip to the other side and fry another 4-5 minutes until well browned.
All done! I love these served with some German potato salad and a little mustard!
My grandma's potato salad recipe is here by the way: http://cookmap.com/en/recipes/omas-german-potato-salad
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