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German Frikadellen Recipe with Pan Fried Potatoes

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Hi there! I’m Nicky from Little Family Adventure and I’m excited to share one of our family recipes with you. German Frikadellen are one of the most popular meat dishes in Germany. They are flat, pan fried, hamburger steaks often served with skillet potatoes or potato salad. Some say they are the grandfather to the American burger and fries. It makes for a quick weeknight meal or delicious snack.

German Frikadellen and Potatoes

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In our family, we are always on the go and need healthy meals that can be cooked quickly. This Frikadellen and Potatoes is one of those meals. It can be cooked up and ready to eat in about 20 minutes. It also makes a great freezer meal. You can prep the patties beforehand and pop them in the freezer. Remove the patties you need and allow them to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. It couldn’t be simpler.

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German Frikadellen Recipe

Growing up in a Dutch/German family, I grew up eating dishes like this Frikadellen all the time. Two of my favorite ways to serve this is with a side of German mustard or topped with curry ketchup, mayonnaise, and chopped onions. Create your own curry ketchup by combining 3 Tablespoons of ketchup with ¼ teaspoon of curry powder.

Give this recipe and try and you may never go back to the traditional burger and fries ever again.

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Yield: 4 servings

German Frikadellen Recipe with Pan Fried Potatoes

German Frikadellen Recipe with Pan Fried Potatoes

Traditional German fried hamburger recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • German Frikadellen and Potatoes
  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, pork, or combination of the two
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced ½” thick


Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients, except butter and potatoes, together until well combined. Shape into 8 - 1/2 inch thick patties.

In a large skillet, add 1 Tablespoon butter and bring to medium heat. Cook patties 4-5 minutes per side until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add remaining butter and potatoes to skillet. Over medium heat, cook for 5-7 minutes or until potatoes are crisp and browned.


Michelle's note: I am very excited to try this recipe as I used to eat Frikadellen when I was a girl in Germany. They were a favorite of my German friends' mothers to take along on picnics!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 825mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 43g

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankmason manner says

    I feel that German food is the most under appreciated food in the world! German food is not just schnitzel ,wurst ,kartoffel,and cabbage(remember schweinehaxe).I have a book of regional dishes from all over Germany.

  2. blankIrene Hessler says

    I have been searching for the perfect Frikadellen recipe forever! Thank you so much for this. My father made this when I was growing up and he would make it with the potatoes and savoyan cabbage. It was so delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my grandchildren.

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