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Kufteta Recipe

As summer starts to creep into Bulgaria, thoughts automatically turn to the Barbecue. Kufteta is a traditional Bulgarian dish which is served all year round - similar in taste to a spicy meatball or a homemade burger ... perfect over a charcoal grill! A firm favourite with adults and children alike, tasty, filling and not expensive to make. Eaten by the Bulgarians at home all summer, you too can make this simple recipe to charm your family and friends.


1kg minced meat - 60% pork, 40% beef
1 or two onions
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon black pepper  
20g salt


Salt the minced meat and place in the fridge for around 4 hours. Then, mix it with the black pepper and cumin. Thinly slice the onions and mix into the mixture along with 2 or 3 teaspoons of water. Mix in all the remaining ingredients well and let rest again in the fridge for 2 hours.

Form into meatball or burger shapes and either fry them or barbecue them ... serve with salad or vegetables of your choice (or french fries!) and, of course, don’t forget a cold glass of Bulgarian beer!

A portion of tarator makes a wonderful accompaniment.

Alternatively, you could make the most of the wonderful Bulgarian organic vegetables and create a vegetarian version of the same dish ...


800gr courgettes (3-4)
500gr boiled potatoes (5-6)
3 eggs
Half a sprig of parsley finely chopped
90 gr flour (1/2 a cup)
1 cup sunflower oil
black pepper and salt
Natural yoghurt to garnish


Peel the boiled potatoes and mash them. Grate the raw courgettes and add to the potatoes. Mix together with two of the eggs, parsley, black pepper and the salt. Form into balls or burgers, brush with the last beaten egg and dip in some flour. Pan fry or barbecue them and serve with the yoghurt.