This is a basic recipe that can be used to make all kinds of meatballs or burgers. In Turkey we like our Köfte, which are meatballs flattened into small discs. In Italian and Indian cooking I tend to roll the meatballs into small balls. You can even put small cubes of cheese in the middle of the balls which are especially nice when cooked in a tomato sauce and served with spaghetti. This is my husband’s recipe which he learned from his mother.
500 g minced beef
1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs (if using freshly ground – only use half a cup if using fine breadcrumbs bought in the shop or it will be too dry)
1 onion (finely grated)
1 tsp cumin
A pinch of thyme
Salt & pepper
A pinch of hot chilli flakes (optional)
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hand. Knead it for a good few minutes then form into a ball.
Now you can pull off small amounts to form into meatballs which you can freeze for later or cook straight away. You can also divide up larger amounts to make burgers too.