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Beef and Lamb Patties (Keftedes)

Keftedes (meat patties) can be made many ways with different meats.  I like to use a combination of beef and lamb, but you can use all beef, chicken, turkey, etc.


2 lbs lean ground beef
1 lb ground lamb

(Make it healthy – replace the beef and lamb with ground chicken or turkey breast. Just be sure to add 1/4 c olive oil to recipe, since they are much leaner meats)

2 diced garlic cloves
1 diced yellow onion
3 Slices of bread, ground into crumbs
1 whole egg
1/2 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp Greek oregano
1 tsp salt


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until blended well.

Form into palm-sized patties and line them on a plate.

these can be cooked a variety of ways:

OVEN: Turn oven to 400 and bake for 25 minutes.

STOVETOP:  over medium heat, Cook the patties for approximately 4 minutes on each side, or until evenly browned

BBQ: I personally prefer to BBQ them over wood charcoal because it imparts a much better flavor than cooking them in the oven. If you don’t have charcoal, any BBQ will work!

Be sure not to overlook!  I like to serve with fresh lemons and French fries!  Enjoy!

George Christidis