Kyufte (Bulgarian Meatball)

Last time I posted this recipe was 2012!  I made these meatballs over the weekend and changed the recipe a bit.  They are even better now.  Martin said they reminded him of the ones his grandfather made.  Must be the savory.   That is the new ingredient added over the weekend. Either way, with or without savory, they are simple and delicious!  Enjoy!


1 # ground pork (you can use a combo of pork and ground beef if you like. I don’t.)
1 small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I tend to use a bit more.  I love that flavor!)
1 teaspoon savory (if you do not have, that’s fine.  It adds a nice flavor though. For a substitution you could use thyme.  I would use 1/2 teaspoon.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable Oil

1.  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Form each portion into a small meatball and flatten.  Not too big, about 2 inches in width. (you can make them into a normal size burger or meatball, too.  We like them smaller.)

3.  You can grill or fry, whatever is easiest for you.  If frying, add 1 Tablespoon oil to pan.  Depending on the size fry/grill 2-4 minutes each side. When frying I dip each side in flour before placing in frying pan.

We also use this recipe in a gyro.  We use pita bread and fill with the mixture along with a couple of french fries, topped with cabbage and cheese spread (You don’t have cheese spread?  Feta will do!)  Here is the link to the cheese spread.

Martin used to enjoy this quick meal when he lived with his grandparents in Sofia.  Always nice to bring back some fond memories in your kitchen for those you love.