Beef up with Bifteki

Beef up with Bifteki

One of my favourite subjects at school was Food Technology. Why? Well there was usually something edible to tuck into at the end of it.

I particularly enjoyed the classes when we were allowed to cook what we wanted to. Naturally, I nearly always made something Greek-related. Even my chocolate-chip cookies had a secret ingredient that my Yiayia had sent over…

One particular lesson I made a favourite Greek dish of the Botziou household – biftekia – basically beef hamburgers but much nicer. They went down a treat with my fellow classmates, and I remember my teacher greedily wolfing down a couple as well!

So here’s what you need for 3-4 portions:

  • 1/2 kilo of minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of crushed rusk bread
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoonful’s of oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper

What to do:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the mince with the crushed rusk, the garlic, chopped onion, and add the egg, oil, parsley and salt/pepper. Drizzle some lemon juice into the mix.
  2. Mix the ingredients well and then mould them into a round flat shape – as many as the mixture will allow for a decent sized hamburger.
  3. Grill them on both sides evenly until crisp and golden brown – make sure that the insides are cooked!

Serve with homemade chips, rice or a Greek salad.


Leave a Reply


    • EBotziou
      27th November 2013 / 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! Really hope you enjoy it 🙂 Filakia!

  1. 23rd November 2013 / 2:28 pm

    I like the lemon juice in your bifteki. I will try this, too. And I hope, Amazon brings me your book, today 🙂

    • EBotziou
      23rd November 2013 / 5:58 pm

      Let me know what you think! 🙂

  2. 22nd November 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Sounds delicious – brings back great memories too. Yum

  3. 22nd November 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Hmm, we only ever eat home made beef burgers. I might have to investigate this 🙂

    • EBotziou
      22nd November 2013 / 1:52 pm

      Home made burgers are the best! Apart from Wimpy burgers.

      • 24th November 2013 / 1:15 pm

        Oh yes Wimpy. Such a shame they kind of disappeared. When I was at my Grandparents, one of the best treats was going on the bus to their town centre and spending my change there.

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