Bouletten – German Hamburger Patty Recipe

Bouletten are a Berlin specialty, often eaten cold with mustard. They can also be served warm with peas or red cabbage, and boiled potatoes for a heartier meal.

Difficulty: easy
Preparation Time: about 1 hour
Portions: 6 – 8


  • 2 rolls or slices of bread (stale is fine)
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 pound chopped beef
  • 1/2 pound chopped pork
  • 1/2 pound chopped veal
  • OR you can use 1 1/2 pounds of meatloaf mix
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Oil

1. If the bread is still soft, place on a baking sheet, and put in the oven at 350 degrees F until they are dry. Soak in a small bowl of hot water.

2. Melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the onion and the garlic until translucent. Set aside.

3. Put the rolls in a large sieve and squeeze out the excess liquid over the sink. Combine them with the meat, onion, garlic, egg, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.

4. Form the meat into 2- to 3-inch balls with your hands lightly moistened with water if necessary. Lightly press on the balls to shape them into patties. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the patties and cook on one side until nicely browned. Turn and brown on the other side. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until no pink remains. Do not cover, or the meat patties will become soggy.

*These can be made ahead of time, and even frozen and thawed for another meal.

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5 comments on “Bouletten – German Hamburger Patty Recipe

  1. Yay! More recipes! I was worried this site was going away! I have lots of bookmarks to your page! Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes!

  2. I just came across your blog when looking up some German food and I am very glad I did! I am half German (and half English) and looking to do some more German cooking. I’ll definitely take a look at your recipes! Lovely blog. 🙂

  3. I was stationed in West Berlin 1983-86 and Bouletten was a major treat. The one thing missing is curry ketchup. The cooked patties were squirted with curry ketchup and then peppered with curry powder.

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