German-Style Hamburgers

German Style HamburgersThese tasty burgers are like mini-meatloaves. In Germany they are commonly known as “Frikadellen”. This particular recipe was one of my favorites from my grandmother and is one of my comfort foods.


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (may substitute ground turkey)
  • 2-4 Tbsp Ketchup (to taste)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 slices whole-grain, sprouted grain or seed bread (optional, based on your low-carb diet requirements)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (finely diced)
  • Butter or olive oil


Soak the bread in water and squeeze out excess liquid. Add bread and all other ingredients in a bowl and mix together well (easiest way is either with bare hands or a potato masher). Divide into balls and form into hamburger patties. Place the patties on a plate and store in refrigerator for 1-2 hours before cooking. When ready to cook, add butter or olive oil into a large skillet (or 2 smaller skillets). Cook on medium high, flipping regularly for even cooking and cook until done (about 20 minutes or so). Optionally you may also grill them instead, although this is less authentic.

Excellent with a side of veggies. My favorite choice – peas and carrots! Serves 4.