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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Turkish Hamburger

(Kofte)

Turkish Hamburger - click to enlarge
500 gr regular ground beef
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 onion, grated
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt
Pepper

Mix all the ingredients using your hands. Make a ball and throw into the bowl 4-5 times. It is a very old technique to bring all the ingredients together:) Give a round, hamburger shape as shown in the picture. Grill or fry in the pan with some sunflower oil. Makes 8 medium-sized kofte. Try serving with french fries and/or Piyaz.

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At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamburger adi tuhaf olmus.. Hamburger de ki ham domuz eti anlamindadir.. SIte ingilizce oldugu icin uyarmadan edemedim. Turkish burger deseniz daha uygun olurdu sanirim..

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Wikipedia ansiklopedisine gore hamburger kelimesi Hamburg, Almanya
dan gelmektedir. Hamburger, genellikle de sigir etinden yapilmaktadir. Adini alisinda bastaki "ham" kelimesi ile hic bir benzerligi yoktur.Daha genis bilgi icin asagidaki adrese
bakabilirsiniz:)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Aydin Odyakmaz said...

Binnur,

The traditonal kofte can be enhanced with a few spices like a pinch of cumin, of course we know that there are too many variations to mention here.

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Aydin,
I am going to add cumin above, I think I forgot to write it down:)
Thank you for reminding me of this. My mum also always adds 1 chopped
garlic clove which gives it a very nice taste:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Annie said...

I like very much this recipe... can you tell me, please about the bread? do you suggest an special kind of bread? the pictured bread seems delicious...

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Annie,
It is home made Turkish Bread, I did not post it yet. The recipe is on the waiting list:) I suggest to you, to have French Bread which is more close to Turkish Bread:)

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Sara O said...

My husband made Turkish Burgers with all natural ground beef last night -- WOW -- I'm not a big meat eater, but I loved these burgers. I think it was the garlic, or maybe the cumin -- all combined make a perfect buger!

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamburger adi hic de tuhaf degil.Hamburger -ham adi var ama Hamburg, Almanyadan gelen bir yemek oldugu icin adi hamburger kalmis.

 
At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Melda said...

Dear Binnur,

I made your turkish hamburgers for dinner tonight and my son (10) loved them so much he said he never wants to eat at any fastfood place anymore lol thank you so much :o)

 
At 10:22 PM, Anonymous TY said...

Elestirmekten baska birsey bilmez zaten bizim milletimizin bir cogu.. elinize saglik tesekkurler demektense oturmus yarim yamalak ingilizcesi ile HAM kelimesine takmis adam.. Binnur hanim, tarifler harika...

 
At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Halime said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim, I've been following your blog for sometime and I love it so much! I was wondering for the kofte, is it okay to use bulgur wheat instead of breadcrumbs? I've seen some recipes (not Turkish) that add bulgur wheat to ground meat for hamburgers. Again, cok tesekkur ederim!

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Halime,
Thank you:) Sure, you can use fine bulgur instead of bread crumbs. There is also Kofte with bulgur in Turkish cuisine. I am going to post it in the future:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Yasemin said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim

This is such a great recipe. I really like it! My mom always makes it this way. Keep up the good work. Ellerinize saglik süper tarifler.

Sevgiler

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur your site is truly fantastic. I made this for the first time for my Turkish nışanlı tonight, and it worked out great the first time! Thanks so much, I love your site, you're doing a great job :)

 
At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur Ablagim,

When I make kofte whether in tomato sauce in the oven with patates or kuru plain kofte fried or in the oven they always come out like lastik top gibi....

I put egg, rende onion (to keep kofte recipe moist, bread crumb, parsley, tuz ve biber, ve crushed garlic...cumin hic sevemezler benim aile onda sora I broil in the oven or fry in a pan with vegetable yag la (is that type of yag ok to fry in?)

Still benim kofte lastik sert top gibi chikiyor, neden? What am I doing wrong here, I can never get this recipe to taste moist ve yumushak? I'm not interested in the bulgur kofte recipe to make it yumushak but wondering why this specific recipe never works out for me, unless benim aile eats this right away from the frying pan even still it feels tough & hard no matter how careful I cook them & stay on top of the frying pan....

Ben yardim edebilisiniz please???

Cok Merci

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba:)
Kofte yaparken orta yagli kiyma tercih edebilirsin. Veya bread crumbs yerine Turk (Fransiz veya Italyan da olabilir) ekmek diliminin yalnizca ic kismini, ufaladiktan sonra su ile islatabilirsin. Veya kofteler fazla pisiyor....Bunlarin haricinde aklima pek bir sey gelmiyor:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 6:22 AM, Anonymous Nur said...

Dear Binnur is it possible for you to publish the recipe for "sultan ahmet's kofte"? It is soo delicious.

Nur

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Seher said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim,
hamburgeri deniyorum bu aksam .Sayfanizi daha yeni kesfettim.Burdaki ettenmi neden bilmem koftelerin tadi asla Turkiyedeki olmuyor sizn tarifinizin bunu degistirecegini umuyorum.
Sevgiler,
Seher

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Seher,
Cok haklisin, burada ne etin ne sebzenin ne de meyvenin tadi ayni:( Ozellikle de patlicanli yemekleri yerken hissediyorum bunu....umarim begenirsin:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Ajeng said...

Hi Binnur, out of many kinds of kofte, is this kind of kofte the same kind with the Sultanahmet kofte? I wonder what makes the sultanahmet kofte (and some other) taste very chewy and tasty (and not too solid-meat taste). Is there anything specific to add? Cok tesekkur ederim...

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Ajeng:)
I also love these little, soft, delicious grilled Sultanahmet kofte:) Actually it is a very simple kofte..meat, onion, bread and salt..that's it:)
The taste of the dishes are absolutely better in Türkiye because of the freshness of the ingredients. Even with the right ingredients it is almost impossible to have the same taste out of my country. The cooks and butchers are also very talented!
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Eski Istanbullu said...

Anonymous
Ismi biraz acayip haklisin ama HAMBURGER'in HAM yani bildigimiz jambon ile ilgisi yok.
Almanyadan Hamburg sehrindn esinlenmisdir.

 

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