Frikadelle (South African Meatballs)

If you do a search for frikadel or Frikadelle or Frikadeller, it is surprisingly of unknown origins. The Frikadelle is a very popular comfort food for the Afrikaans people of South African origin.

This year (2022) has been the year that I finally made frikadels that my husband loves. Those I had made following South African cookbooks in the past had not made the pass. So I am happy to pass along this recipe to share, be it of a South African, Dutch, French or Scandinavian origin.

I have used this same recipe for beef patties as well as meatballs. Freezes well too.

Frikadelle (Meatballs)

  • Servings: 8x100g patties or 24-30 meatballs
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600g mince beef

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 onion, chopped finely

2 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon mustard

1 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch

4 tablespoon breadcrumbs

1 egg


  • Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Mash everything till it comes together.
  • If making burger patties, separate the meat mixture into 8 portions before flattening.
  • If making meatballs, you can use a tablespoonful or more of the meat mixture to shape into a ball.
  • Place patties or meatballs on baking/parchment paper on a tray or plate. Refrigerate or freeze before cooking.

NOTE: If freezing, do pack the frozen patties or meatballs in ziplock bags. These will be good in the freezer for up to 6 months.


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