Grandpa’s German Minced Meat Delight

Grandpa’s German Minced Meat Delight is a testament to the timeless appeal of comfort food. This dish, rich in history and flavor, brings together the hearty essence of minced meat with the tangy zest of pickled vegetables. Each bite offers a delectable journey through generations of culinary tradition, making it more than just a meal—it’s a celebration of family heritage and the simple joys of home-cooked food.

The recipe’s blend of spices and the inclusion of pickled sides speak to the core of German cuisine—robust, comforting, and deeply satisfying. It’s a dish best enjoyed surrounded by loved ones, where every forkful evokes memories of past gatherings and the warmth of shared experiences. Whether it’s a family dinner or a special weekend treat, Grandpa’s German Minced Meat Delight is sure to fill your home with the aromas of love, tradition, and delicious warmth.

Full Recipe:


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) minced meat
  • 200 g (7 oz) potatoes, grated
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) carrot, grated
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 20 g (0.7 oz) dill and parsley, finely chopped
  • 30 g (1 oz) garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) salt
  • 5 g (0.18 oz) black pepper
  • 5 g (0.18 oz) red paprika
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) sugar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vinegar
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) olive oil, divided
  • 30 ml (1 fl oz) water
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) pickled cabbage with carrot, chopped
  • 3 pickled cucumbers, chopped



  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the minced meat, grated potatoes, grated carrot, chopped onion, chopped red bell pepper, chopped dill and parsley, minced garlic, eggs, salt, black pepper, and red paprika.
  3. Spread the meat mixture evenly in a 35 x 42 cm (14 x 16.6 in) baking tray.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, vinegar, 30 ml (1 fl oz) olive oil, and water. Pour this mixture over the meat in the tray.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  6. While the meat is baking, heat the remaining 30 ml (1 fl oz) olive oil in a pan and sauté the sliced red onion and sliced onion until soft.
  7. Add the chopped pickled cabbage with carrot and chopped pickled cucumbers to the pan. Season with black pepper and cook for a few more minutes.
  8. Once the meat is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  9. Serve the baked minced meat with the pickled vegetable mixture on the side.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes

Kcal: 650 kcal | Servings: 6 servings

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