Greek minced meat cutlets (Bifteki)

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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 with a cinnamon and nutmeg touch flavored bifteki recipe is flavorful, juicy, easy and quick to make. I always use cumin, fresh parsley and fresh oregano 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. Therefore you guys I guarantee you that dish will certainly be a big hit at your dinner table especially when having guests over!

Bifteki is always accompanied by tzatziki (a Greek garlic-yogurt-cucumber dip). Talking of which, don’t forget to stop by next week for the tzatziki recipe. You can either serve bifteki with green salad, potato chips, tomato rice, homemade bread, in the form of a burger etc.

Looking for more comfort dishes? Check out these fresh herb bread, chili con carne (30 minutes), stuffed chicken roulade, meatballs in tomato sauce and sausage, pork belly and bean stew recipes.

So if you’re looking for a weeknight dinner recipe with wonderful flavors to impress your loved ones or guests, then you should definitely give this recipe a try.

Greek minced meat cutlets (Bifteki)

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min

You’ll need:

– 450 g ground beef
– 1 egg
– 2 slices of bread
– 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
– 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
– 1 medium sized onion
– 1 garlic clove
– ½ teaspoon ground cumin
– ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 200 g feta cheese
–  freshly ground pepper

You’ll also need:

– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 2 large bowls
– large skillet
– cutting board
– cling film
– knife
– spoon
– paper towels

Greek minced meat cutlets (Bifteki) step-by-step-instructions

1. First of all soak bread slices in the water until softened.

2. Next 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

3. 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:

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

5. 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.

NOTE: 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.

Preheat the oven to 200 °C.

Sear and bake the patties:

6. 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.

Remove the skillet from the oven and serve immediately.


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

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

  3. these look so good! They’re making me hungry!

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

    • 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.

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