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German Frikadell (meatball) Burgers

My husband and I were stationed in Germany for four years and loved the German Frikadellen oval burgers served on hard rolls, but the little packages of seasoning (they used) were difficult to find in the States. I set out to re-make those wonderful spicey burgers. Over the years we've called them many names but have always returned to the curry and spices that our friends and family asked for! Bar-b-qued, baked, or broiled on Halloween, we love these burgers. Hope you will too!


1 T Paprika
½ t. Season Salt
2 T Hot Curry Powder
1 t. Tumeric
½ t. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
1/4 C. Hot Water
1/4 C. Sutter Home Zinfandel Wine
1 C. Dried Minced Onions
1 egg
1 lb. Ground Chuck
1 lb. Ground Pork Sausage*
6 Sesame seeded Whole Wheat buns, split.
1/2 C. Mayonnaise (to spread on the inside of the buns when toasting)
Clean, sliced tomato from Two Tomatoes
Thinly sliced Red Onions from one Red Onion
**Spread (for both sides of the buns after toasting):
1 Avocado, mashed
1 T. Mayonaise
4-6 Slices Jalapeno from a jar (chopped w/a hand chopper or knife) 2 T. Jalapeno Juice, from the jar


• Combine Paprika, Salt, Curry Powder, Tumeric, Cayenne Pepper and bread crumbs in a large bowl. • Warm the water and add to the wine; then add the dried onions to the water/wine mixture. • When the onions have soaked up the liquid (about 5 minutes) add to the dry ingredients and then dump in the egg and ground meat. Mix all with your clean hands* • Form into 6 patties. Patties will shrink a bit on the heat… Grill over medium-high heat charcoal grill until cooked to medium well doneness, about 6 minutes on each side (past pink and about 140-150 degrees, internal). To assemble the Frikadelle, spread a light coating of Mayonnaise on each bun and toast it, mayo side down, in a hot sauté pan (or skillet) till light brown! Set buns aside. **Mash a ripe Avocado in a small bowl and add in the Jalapeno juice, chopped Jalapeno’s, and 1 T. Mayonaise. The Avocado mash is a great substitute for lettuce on the bun. Serve with a tomato slice and a thin slice of red onion.


We like the new whole wheat buns, over the white, as they have more texture and are healthier while still having a full taste. A warm german potato salad would certainly round out the meal!!!