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Bifteki is not a hamburger. Bifteki is not a steak. Bifteki it's something in between ! When I was young boy, we would always go to my uncle's diner in northern Greece, in Thessalonike, to have a wonderful bifteki ! Bifteki is a very simple beef recipe with no extra herbs or flavours. You can prepare it beforehand and keep it in the refrigerator before oven-baking. The bifteki beef mix must be very smooth, once in the oven it will puff up. Serve it with a dollop of butter and lemon juice (don't forget !) and of course some salad, fries and/or tzatziki on the side… :)

greek bifteki


2 bifteki


  • 400 grams of ground beef (15-20% fat content) or combine 300 grams of ground beef belly and 100 grams of ground pork belly (15-20% fat)
  • 3 tbsp cake & pastry flour
  • 3 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder (double to 2 tsp in North America)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black Pepper
  • toppings : butter and lemon juice


  • place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands (rub your hands with oil first) until it becomes a very smooth paste (if too sticky, add more flour or breadcrumbs, if too dry, add evaporated milk or olive oil)
  • roll into 2 balls and place in refrigerator to firm up for 10-15 minutes
  • flatten each ball into a large disk (I use 2 plates and 2 sheets of oiled waxed paper) and place in the refrigerator to firm up again for 5 minutes (or longer)
  • preheat your oven to 190°C and on broil and bake each side for 15 minutes (total 30 minutes)
  • when baked and served, add a dollop of butter and some lemon juice
  • serve with crispy french fries, tzatziki, salad, etc