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Bifteki (Greek Baked Beef Patties)

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10 minutes


1 hour


4 -5 (8-10 burgers)

These delicious Bifteki patties are one of my favs for an easy meal. The beef is mixed with some simple ingredients and the patties are served with potatoes and topped with feta.

Bifteki is a recipe that is an authentic traditional Greek dish. It reminds me of home and my mom, and is so tasty. They are essentially baked beef patties. The beef is mixed with veggies like tomatoes and onions, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Consider it a Greek version of a burger patty. I served these with delicious potatoes and with crumbled feta on top.

Bifteki up close

❤️ Why You’ll Love Bifteki

  • Easy: Bifteki are so easy to make and the whole family will love them
  • Healthy: These protein-packed patties are so good for you
  • Meal Prep: Prep a batch of Bifteki and freeze them or keep them in the fridge to eat all week

🍲 Ingredients

Ground Beef – Ground beef is a great source of protein and a budget-friendly meat option for the whole family. Although you can use other types of ground meat in this recipe, beef is the most traditional.


Parsley – Fresh parsley will be best in this recipe as it packs the most flavor and adds some freshness to this recipe.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Bifteki

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
  2. Into a large mixing bowl add lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, oregano, pressed garlic cloves, and salt and whisk together to combine. Add the peeled potato wedges to the baking sheet or baking pan, drizzle over the lemon-mustard mixture, and toss to coat the potatoes. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the burgers (Biftekia): In a mixing bowl combine the ground beef, grated onion, grated tomato and their juices, egg, breadcrumbs, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix to fully combine. Divide the mixture into 8-10 portions and use your hands to form into burger-sized patties.
  4. Place meat patties on top of the potatoes. Bake for 30 minutes, flip the burgers and bake for 30 more minutes.
  5. Serve with feta, lemon wedges, and our easy tzatziki.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Eggs and breadcrumbs are your binders in this recipe to help the patties hold their shape
  • If your meat is sticking to your hands too much when making the patties, wet them slightly under the tap before handling the meat
Bifteki on a plate with potatoes

🗒 Substitutions

  • Meat: Substitute the ground beef for leaner ground meat like turkey or chicken. You can also use ground lamb or pork. However, beef is the most traditional
  • Egg: If you don’t eat eggs you can leave these out but it does help with making the meat bind together better so you may end up with crumbly patties
  • Potatoes: You can make just the burger patties of this recipe and skip the potatoes, but to make it a full meal, the potatoes are highly recommended

🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze just the patties between wax paper in the freezer to have easy Greek burgers to pull out and add to salads, etc.

🤔 Common Questions

What does Bifteki mean?

Bifteki means hamburger. This is a Greek version of your traditional hamburger.

What’s the difference between Keftedes and Biftekia?

The primary difference here is the way the meat is shaped. Keftedes are more like meatballs or logs, where biftekia are shaped like hamburger patties.

Bifteki on a plate with potatoes

Bifteki (Greek Baked Beef Patties)

5 from 20 votes
These delicious Bifteki patties are one of my favs for an easy meal. The beef is mixed with some simple ingredients and the patties are served with potatoes and topped with feta.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 -5 (8-10 burgers)
Calories 716 kcal
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For the potatoes

For the burgers (bifteki)

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large white or yellow onions, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For serving

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Serving: 2burgers | Calories: 716kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.2g | Protein: 50.1g | Fat: 39.9g | Saturated Fat: 12.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 181.6mg | Sodium: 2690.5mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 9.1g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Krystal Sikma

5 stars
My daughter has been saying “when am i going to get my old mom back? You haven’t cooked in so long!” I’m pregnant- and it has been really rough. As a Mediterranean girl myself (Sicilian) I love Greek Food- but have never really dabbled in cooking it. This recipe was such an easy introduction. I’ve made lots of tzatziki recipes, and this one is definitely my favorite. I have also never grated ingredients into meat before (apart from Parmesan cheese in meatballs) and the flavor and texture the tomato and onion give the meat is unreal! Can’t wait to make more. Hoping this can get me out of my pregnancy cooking funk!

Maria Koutsogiannis

oh my goodness!! This makes me so happy! Thank you so much hun! I am so glad you enjoyed this!

Vincent Gerage

5 stars
This was amazing and my house smells so good.

Maria Koutsogiannis

so glad you enjoyed this!!!!


5 stars
I have literally never left a review of a recipe before, but I had to for this one. It is just that delicious and easy. I’ve never made a recipe that called for grated onion and grated tomato but I trusted the process, and I’m glad I did. Definitely recommend making the easy tzatziki recipe, too! I subbed cilantro for the parsley because that’s what I had and it came out delicious.

I’ll be printing this recipe, popping it in a page protector, and making it for Sunday suppers for years to come. Thank you!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Melanie! This truly makes me so happy. You should try my sheet pan chicken next time! It’s the lemon chicken and potatoes on my website!

Corie Brangers

I have made this twice in the past two weeks, and this recipe really was *so* good and filling, but not heavy at all. Was delicious leftover as well. It feels extra special when you can feel the love put into a dish, and this one doesn’t skimp on the love at all!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yay!!! Thank you so much for the love, Corie!!!!


5 stars
Made this and it was SO good. Made for really great meal prep/leftovers.

The lemon potatoes and the beef patties are a match made in heaven.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hunnie!!!

Sofia N.

5 stars
this was fantastic. Even my sister who is picky about ground beef patties loved it. I will be placed in our rotation.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yay! This makes me so happy, thank you hun!


5 stars
The beef was flavorful but felt like something was missing and followed the recipe exactly. The potato wedges did not cook after one hour and were hard. I would consider par cooking next time. Tzatziki was delicious! Will def make again

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Gigi! How long did you cook the potatoes? Did you cut them small enough? We love the beef the way it is but if you think it was missing something always go with a tiny bit more salt and seasonings/spices!

5 from 20 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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