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Bifteki Recipe

Bifteki Recipe

This pan fried and then baked bifteki stuffed with feta recipe is so simple and quick to make and packed with flavors.  Definetely a keeper!

My family and I are huge fans of Greek food. At least once a month, we go to a Greek restaurant. One of my favorite Greek foods is bifteki. Bifteki is simply grilled/ baked/ fried minced beef cutlets seasoned with Greek seasoning blend and stuffed with feta cheese.

This baked bifteki recipe with a great hint of cinnamon and nutmeg is delicious and easy to follow.  The feta cheese stuffed cutlets are first pan- fried and then finished off in the oven.

I always add cumin, fresh parsley and fresh oregano when making my bifteki for a more traditional Greek flavor. Every time I make this dish it’s always a hit. Even my parents in law who travel yearly to Greece love it.

Bifteki is always accompanied by tzatziki (a Greek garlic-yogurt-cucumber dip). You can either serve bifteki with green salad, potato chips, tomato rice, homemade bread, in the form of a burger etc.

What you’ll need to make bifteki:

  • 450 g (1 lbs) ground beef
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 slices of toast bread
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g (7.1 oz) feta cheese
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

You’ll also need:

– 2 large bowls
– large skillet
– cutting board
– cling film
– knife
– spoon
– paper towels

Greek minced meat cutlets (Bifteki) step by step photo recipe

Soak bread slices in the water until softened.

Rinse fresh parsley and oregano, pat dry with paper towels and cut into small pieces. Peel and finely chop garlic and onion as well.

Saute onion and garlic

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet and sauté the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Make patties:

Using your hands, squeeze out all the excess moisture from bread slices that you previously soaked.

In a large bowl combine ground beef, bread, salt, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, herbs, egg and cooled sauteed onion and garlic. Mix well with your hands. Season with freshly ground pepper.

Take half of the meat mixture and divide it into 4 cutlet-shaped patties. Divide feta cheese into 4 cubes and put a block on top of each patty. Using the remaining beef mixture cover the patties. Next preheat the oven to 200 °C (392 °F), with both top and bottom heat.

  • I Always line the cutting board with a cling film, because it makes it easier to remove the patties from the cutting board before frying.

Sear and bake the patties

Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet that you previously used and sear the patties for 2 minutes on each side over medium high heat.

Put the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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5 from 3 votes

Bifteki Recipe

This pan fried and then baked bifteki stuffed with feta recipe is so simple and quick to make and packed with flavors.  Definetely a keeper!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European, Greek
Keyword: BBQ, beef, Bifteki, busy-day dinner, cheese stuffed bifteki, Greek bifteki recipe, how to, weeknight dinner
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • Large skillet
  • 2 large bowls
  • cling film
  • Knife
  • spoon
  • paper towels
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 450 g (1 lbs) ground beef
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 slices of toast bread
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspooon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g (7.1 oz) feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • First of all soak bread slices in the water until softened. In the meantime, rinse fresh parsley and oregano, pat dry with paper towels and cut into small pieces. Peel and finely chop garlic and onion as well.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet and sauté the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Using your hands, squeeze out all the excess moisture from bread slices that you previously soaked.
  • In a large bowl combine ground beef, bread, salt, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, herbs, egg and cooled sauteed onion and garlic. Mix well with your hands. Season with pepper. Take half of the meat mixture and divide it into 4 cutlet-shaped patties. Divide feta cheese into 4 cubes and put a block on top of each patty. Using the remaining beef mixture cover the patties. Then preheat the oven to 200 °C (392 °F).
  • Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet that you previously used and sear the patties for 2 minutes on each side over medium high heat. Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. 
    After 15 minutes remove the skillet from the oven and serve immediately.

Did you make this Greek style burger recipe? I’d love to hear from you! Simply write a review and add rating to it. 

 

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Craig

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Oh my! I’m definitely going to try this today. I have everything except the beef, so going to use ground turkey instead.

Ester

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

That sounds amazing Craig. I'm glad you decided to give it a try. Sure, you can substitute ground beef with any type of ground meat of your choice.

Cara

Monday 12th of November 2018

these look so good! They're making me hungry!

Ester

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Thank you for stopping by Cara, I'm glad you like them! You should give this recipe a go!

Aaron (@1dish4the4road)

Sunday 11th of November 2018

I love Greek food - its use of simple flavourful ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

Ester

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Hello Aaron, so true!! I'm so glad you like it.

Sasha

Friday 9th of November 2018

Those look so delicious! I love all Greek food! I'm definitely going to try this one. Pinning it for later

Ester

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

I'm glad you like them Sasha, thanks for stopping by to comment! :) Happy cooking!

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