Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Turkish Hamburger


Turkish Hamburger - click to enlarge
500 gr regular ground beef
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 onion, grated
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Mix all the ingredients using your hands. Make a ball and throw into the bowl 4-5 times. It is a very old technique to bring all the ingredients together:) Give a round, hamburger shape as shown in the picture. Grill or fry in the pan with some sunflower oil. Makes 8 medium-sized kofte. Try serving with french fries and/or Piyaz.


At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamburger adi tuhaf olmus.. Hamburger de ki ham domuz eti anlamindadir.. SIte ingilizce oldugu icin uyarmadan edemedim. Turkish burger deseniz daha uygun olurdu sanirim..

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Wikipedia ansiklopedisine gore hamburger kelimesi Hamburg, Almanya
dan gelmektedir. Hamburger, genellikle de sigir etinden yapilmaktadir. Adini alisinda bastaki "ham" kelimesi ile hic bir benzerligi yoktur.Daha genis bilgi icin asagidaki adrese

At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Aydin Odyakmaz said...


The traditonal kofte can be enhanced with a few spices like a pinch of cumin, of course we know that there are too many variations to mention here.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to add cumin above, I think I forgot to write it down:)
Thank you for reminding me of this. My mum also always adds 1 chopped
garlic clove which gives it a very nice taste:)

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Annie said...

I like very much this recipe... can you tell me, please about the bread? do you suggest an special kind of bread? the pictured bread seems delicious...

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Annie,
It is home made Turkish Bread, I did not post it yet. The recipe is on the waiting list:) I suggest to you, to have French Bread which is more close to Turkish Bread:)

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Sara O said...

My husband made Turkish Burgers with all natural ground beef last night -- WOW -- I'm not a big meat eater, but I loved these burgers. I think it was the garlic, or maybe the cumin -- all combined make a perfect buger!

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamburger adi hic de tuhaf degil.Hamburger -ham adi var ama Hamburg, Almanyadan gelen bir yemek oldugu icin adi hamburger kalmis.

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Melda said...

Dear Binnur,

I made your turkish hamburgers for dinner tonight and my son (10) loved them so much he said he never wants to eat at any fastfood place anymore lol thank you so much :o)

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous TY said...

Elestirmekten baska birsey bilmez zaten bizim milletimizin bir cogu.. elinize saglik tesekkurler demektense oturmus yarim yamalak ingilizcesi ile HAM kelimesine takmis adam.. Binnur hanim, tarifler harika...

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Halime said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim, I've been following your blog for sometime and I love it so much! I was wondering for the kofte, is it okay to use bulgur wheat instead of breadcrumbs? I've seen some recipes (not Turkish) that add bulgur wheat to ground meat for hamburgers. Again, cok tesekkur ederim!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Halime,
Thank you:) Sure, you can use fine bulgur instead of bread crumbs. There is also Kofte with bulgur in Turkish cuisine. I am going to post it in the future:)

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Yasemin said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim

This is such a great recipe. I really like it! My mom always makes it this way. Keep up the good work. Ellerinize saglik süper tarifler.



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