Biftekia (Spiced Beef Patties)

This style of preparing hamburgers is popular in Greece. The seasoned beef patties stay moist and delicious thanks to the liquid exuded when grating the tomato and onion—be sure not to drain any of it away. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad.

Biftekia (Spiced Beef Patties)
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 ounces stale whole-wheat country bread

  • 2 pounds 90%-lean ground beef

  • cup grated tomato

  • cup grated red onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Place bread in a large bowl. Cover with water and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain the bread and squeeze out excess liquid; return to the bowl.

  2. Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  3. Add ground beef, tomato, onion and garlic to the bread. Stir in eggs, oil, oregano, vinegar, salt and pepper. Knead until the mixture has a fluffy consistency. Shape the mixture into 12 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Broil the patties, flipping once and rotating the pan from front to back, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 12 to 15 minutes total.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate uncooked patties for up to 8 hours or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
12g Fat
6g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 biftekia
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Vitamin A 194IU 4%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 16IU 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 330mg 7%
Zinc 4mg 36%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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