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A plate of freshly cooked Frikadellen


Frikadellen are a popular German appetizer or sandwich.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine German
Keyword meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 399kcal
Author Maike



  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 bread roll Kaiser roll
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cup vegetable oil for frying



Making The Meat Patties

  • Use a medium bowl and soak the bread roll in water. Once soaked, squeeze out the excess water.
  • Use a separate large bowl and whisk the egg with a fork. Add ground beef, chopped onions, soy sauce, ground mustard, sweet smoked paprika, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Knead the softened bread roll with the meat mixture. If the mixture is too wet, add a few breadcrumbs. Shaped the meat mixture into balls and flatten to get a disc shape.
  • Cover the meat patties with the breadcrumbs.

Cooking The Frikadellen

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium non-stick frying pan.
  • Brown the meat patties on each side. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10-12 minutes until the meat has cooked through. Remove the meatballs and drain the excess fat on a paper towel.
  • See post for serving suggestions.


Nutrional information are based on larger shaped patties. If you decide to serve Frikadellen as bite-sized appetizers, you will get easily get 12-18 sized meatballs. 


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 687IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg