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Classic Eastern European Meat Patties


1 ⅓ pounds lean ground beef

⅔ cup milk cracker crumbs

1 small sweet yellow onion, minced

1 egg, well beaten

1 tablespoon milk

1 clove garlic, minced (Optional)

1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup vegetable shortening for frying


Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until evenly blended. Shape meat mixture into twelve 3-inch patties about 1 1/4-inch thick.

Heat vegetable shortening in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear patties until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, uncovered, until patties are no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes more. Remove patties from skillet and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.

Cook’s Note:

Grandma used to make these with Nabisco Royal Lunch Milk crackers…they have been discontinued for some years now. Instead, I used Heritage Mills Classic Lunch Milk crackers (made in Canada) which I purchased at my local Demoulas Market Basket store. However, any other similar milk cracker may be used in this recipe.

Cooking Time

Prep Time:15 mins

Cook Time:25 mins

Total Time:40 mins


Yield:12 patties

Nutrition Facts

338 Calories

19g Fat

19g Carbs

22g Protein