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Bifteki Recipe

This Greek minced beef cutlets stuffed with feta cheese (Bifteki) recipe is definitely a keeper!! It's flavorful, juicy, easy and quick to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: BBQ, beef, Bifteki, how to
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Ester from esterkocht.com


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


  • 450 g (1 lbs) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 onion medium
  • 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
  • pepper to taste


  • 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.