Greek baked bifteki (beef patties) with lemon potatoes! A staple dish in every Greek household! Juicy and well seasoned minced beef, infused with the flavours of parsley, garlic, onions and oregano, paired with lemon roast potatoes. Well, one couldn’t ask for more! Except for that village bread aside to mop up every single drop of that delicious sauce.
So try it out and be amazed by the freshness of all the ingredients adding a Mediterranean twist to your plate!
I must admit this Greek beef biftekia with lemon potatoes recipe is one of my top 5 favourite family meals. (I make it almost every week!) Everybody loves it and it’s really easy to make. And for those occasions that I want something extra in them, I stuff them with feta cheese like my greek burgers stuffed with feta cheese and burgers layered with feta cheese. And when in the mood for a burger, they go great with my delicious burger buns!
Tip: make 2-3 batches of the burgers so you can store them in the freezer wrapped in cling film or in airtight bags. When needed you can defrost them and have an effortless meal!
How to make traditional Greek Bifteki (baked beef patties)
- Greeks enhance the flavor of their bifteki (burgers) with herbs, like oregano, spearmint and parsley, which give a unique taste.
- The key, of course, is to get some good-quality minced meat. You can either go with beef or a combination of beef and pork or lamb (a little fat is necessary for extra flavour!)
- Knead the mixture thoroughly until all the herbs and spices penetrate the meat.
- Using some grated ripe tomato and red wine vinegar will make the patties fluffier.
- Sometimes bifteki can become a little bit heavy. To avoid this, a little trick is to sauté the onions and garlic before adding them in the ground meat mixture, so that the aromas are more gentle and discreet.
How to cook the potatoes
For this recipe you can use either potatoes, cut in wedges or baby potatoes. We make a quick marinade with olive oil, lemon juice, mild mustard, minced garlic, oregano, thyme and water and toss the potatoes to coat them. Then we bake the potatoes in the juices.
In Greece when preparing Greek Biftekia it is almost a rule to add the potatoes in the same pan with the patties, so that they get all the juices and aromas from the meat.
The main drawback is that the potatoes are not that crispy as when baked on their own. So it’s up to you to decide if you want to sacrifice a little crispiness for extra flavour.Print
Greek baked bifteki (beef patties) with lemon potatoes! A staple dish in every Greek household! Juicy, well seasoned minced beef, infused with the flavours of parsley, garlic, onions and oregano, paired with lemon roast potatoes.
For the beef patties
- 1kg minced beef (35 ounces)
- 1 ripe tomato, grated
- 1 red onion, grated
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 4 tsps salt
- 1.5 tsp freshly ground pepper
For the potatoes
- 1 kg potatoes, cut in wedges (or baby potatoes)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 50 ml olive oil
- 100 ml water
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- To prepare this Greek beef bifteki (patties) recipe, add in a large bowl the minced beef along with the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands. If the mixture is too sticky add some more breadcrumbs (or some water if it is to dry), till the mix is solid. If you have the time, it is better to knead the mixture for about 10 minutes, until all the ingredients combine.
- When done, put the mixture for the burgers (bifteki) in the fridge to rest for about 10 minutes.
- Form the mixture in flat round burgers.
- Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F).
- If using large potatoes, cut the potatoes into wedges. In a large bowl add all the ingredients for the potatoes and whisk to combine. Add the potatoes and toss to coat.
- Transfer the potatoes and the marinade to a 30×40 cm roasting pan. Spread them out in the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
- Once the potatoes are partly cooked, place the patties over them. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 20 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for 10 more minutes.
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