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Serbian Meat Burek Recipe #3 - Serbian Burek sa Mesom

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This Croatian-Serbian recipe for meat burek or burek sa mesom is made with ground beef, pork and lamb. Bureks or savory pies exist throughout the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. They can be formed into horseshoe shapes, coils, cylinders or round pies, or baked in rectangular pans and cut into squares. They can be eaten as appetizers or the main course when they are usually served with kefir to drink.

Compare this recipe with meat burek recipe #1 and meat burek recipe #2, and cheese burek recipe #2. Follow these easy steps for how to make burek.

Makes about 12 servings Meat Burek - Burek s Mesom

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground lean pork (eliminate the pork and use more beef and lamb, if desired)
  • 1/2 pound ground lean lamb
  • 1 large finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 (1-pound) package thawed filo dough
  • Vegetable, sunflower or pumpkin oil
  • 4 large beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups soda water


  1. In a large skillet, cook the meats, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink and onions are translucent. Drain in a colander. Return to pan and mix with salt and pepper. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Separate filo dough into 3 piles (about 9 sheets each) and keep covered. Read these tips on Working with Filo Dough.
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Lay down 3 sheets of filo dough and lightly brush with oil. Repeat two more times until you've used one pile of filo. Spread half the meat mixture on. Then lay down 3 sheets of filo dough from the second pile and lightly brush with oil. Repeat two more times until you've used the second pile of filo. Spread with remaining meat mixture. Then, using the last pile of filo dough, lay down 3 sheets at a time, brushing lightly with oil, until the pile is finished.
  4. Tuck any straggly ends down the sides of the pan and, using a sawing motion and a serrated knife, cut the burek to the bottom into 12 slices.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs and oil. Add sparkling water and mix slightly. Pour over the burek and let sit 2 minutes. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes or so before serving.
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That's not how you make pita, Member lilishamal

You don't combine the 3 meats into one. Typically this is make with ground beef only. You would add a little bit of onion and spices. You can either choose filo dough or if you want authentic Croation- Bosnian burek you would make your own dough. Just saying.

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