Meatballs & Patties

Meatballs & Patties - The hearty classics of German cuisine

When it comes to savory meat dishes, meatballs and patties must not be missing from any menu in Germany. Whether as a main dish, side dish, or snack in between - the meatballs from various regions of Germany are simply delicious and versatile. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about meatballs and patties.

What are meatballs?

Meatballs are balls of ground meat that are usually made from beef or pork, onions, egg, and spices. However, there are also variations with poultry or lamb as well as vegetarian or vegan alternatives. The shape and size of the meatballs vary depending on the region and recipe: While they are usually flat and round in northern Germany, they are often elongated and called "patties" in southern Germany.

Tips for preparing meatballs

To make meatballs especially juicy and flavorful, you can add the following ingredients, for example:

  • grated carrots or zucchini
  • chopped herbs like parsley or chives
  • mustard or tomato paste
  • paprika or curry

It is also important to knead the ground meat well so that it has a firm consistency and the ingredients mix well. Then you can fry the meatballs in a pan or cook them in the oven.

What are patties?

Patties are essentially the same as meatballs, only they are mainly known by this name in Berlin and Brandenburg. They are usually made from mixed ground meat, egg, onions, spices, and soaked bread rolls and resemble the northern German meatballs in shape and size. Patties are often served with potato salad or fried potatoes.

Regional variations of patties

In Berlin, there are numerous variations of patties that are seasoned, for example, with mustard or marjoram or filled with egg and pickles. The "Boulette à la Holstein" is also a popular specialty, in which the patty is garnished with a fried egg and anchovy fillets.


Whether meatballs or patties - these hearty classics of German cuisine are always a good choice. With the right ingredients and spices, you can vary and enjoy them again and again. Why not try a regional specialty or create your own meatball creation.

Loading ...