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Serbian Pljeskavica Hamburgers

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Serbian Pljeskavica Hamburgers

Serbian "Pljeskavica" Hamburger

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Pljeskavica (PLYESS-kah-vee-tsah) are Serbian hamburgers popular in one form or another throughout the Balkans. The name for these meat patties comes from pljesak, a word meaning "to clap the hands," the motion used to form these thin, large burgers. They can be made with any combination of pork, lamb and beef and can be grilled, broiled, baked or pan fried, although grilling is traditional.

Makes 6 large Serbian Pljeskavica Hamburgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or hot paprika


  1. Mix together all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate for several hours for flavors to meld and mixture to firm.

  2. Heat grill. Using slightly dampened hands, divide meat mixture into 6 portions. Form into thin patties, 9 inches by 1/2 inch or about the size of a small dinner plate.

  3. Grill, broil or pan fry pljeskavica about 7 minutes per side. Indoor grills work well, too. Serve with green onions or chopped raw onion, tomatoes, pogacha and Serbian potato salad or cole slaw on the side. Some Serbs place the patty on a large bun like an American hamburger.
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 5 out of 5
Amazing, Member sapper419

Great recipe, its the exact same as what I ate when I spent time in the region. I recommend pljeskavica with pita bread, but regardless it is an excellent recipe for an outstanding dish.

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