German-Style Hamburgers

These tasty burgers are like mini-meatloaves. In Germany they are commonly known as “Frikadellen”. This particular recipe was one of my favorites from my grandmother.


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (may substitute ground turkey)
  • 2-4 Tbsp Ketchup (to taste)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 slices whole-grain, sprouted grain or seed bread (optional, based on your low-carb diet requirements)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (finely diced)


Soak the bread in water and squeeze out excess liquid. Add bread and all other ingredients in a bowl and mix together well (easiest way is either with bare hands or a potato masher). Divide into 4 and form into hamburger patties. Place the patties on a plate and store in refrigerator for 1-2 hours before cooking. When ready to cook, add a small amount of olive oil into a large skillet (or 2 smaller skillets). Cook on medium high, flipping regularly for even cooking and cook until done (about 20 minutes or so). Optionally you may also grill them instead, although this is less authentic.

Excellent with a side of mashed potatoes or other veggies. Serves 4.

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