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balkan burgers

Recipe by
Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Grapeview, WA

These burgers are called Pljeskavica in Albania. It literally means 'to clap your hands' which describes how the patties are made. They can be grilled or fried and served on crusty rolls or in pita pockets. Traditionally they are served by spreading ajvar and kajmak on them and adding onions and pickles.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For balkan burgers

  • 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 1/2 lb
    ground veal (or lamb)
  • 1/2 md
    onion, grated or minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced fresh parsley or dill
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 c
    beef stock or water
  • 1 md
    onion, finely chopped
  • 1
    ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c
    chopped pickled peppers
  • ajvar, optional
  • kajmak, optional
  • 4
    crusty rolls or pita pockets

How To Make balkan burgers

  • 1
    Combine all burger ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • 2
    With wet hands, form 4 patties and refrigerate (covered) until ready to grill.
  • 3
    Place the chopped vegetables in bowls with spoons.
  • 4
    Preheat the grill to high. Grill the burgers until cooked through and golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per side, turning with a spatula.
  • 5
    Serve the burgers on rolls topped with spoonfuls of onion, tomato, and pickled pepper.

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