Burek is something every bakery in Zagreb has and everyone loves. There are many different kinds of pies made from pulled dough, filled with cheese, potatoes, apples or cherries, but only burek is filled with ground beef. There is always a familiar scent coming from the local bakery if they just pulled hot burek out of the oven and if you have grown up next to one you just know it.

Burek is essentially a pastry made from pulled dough and filled with ground beef, and almost everyone who comes to Croatia or any neighboring country has tried it and loved it. It has crispy thin dough on the outside and warm soft dough filled with beef on the inside. The recipe isn’t that hard to make, you just have to be skilled to pull the dough, but the result is so delicious that you’ll forget any complications on the way.

Preparation: 25 min                                  Cook time: 30 min                                  Servings: 6


  • 400 g soft flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 tsp oil
  • 200 ml water
  • 600 g beef mince
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp fat
  • salt & pepper to taste


How to

  1. Mix together soft flour, salt, oil and water until you get a firm dough that won’t stick. Beat the dough and let it rest for half an hour in a bowl covered with a rag so it doesn’t dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200° C.
  3. In a medium bowl stir together beef mince, salt, pepper and finely chopped onion.
  4. Pull the dough until thin and divide it in 4 sheets. Place 1 sheet of dough in an ovenproof dish covered in 1 tablespoon of fat. Spread 1/3 of meat over it, top it with the second sheet of dough and spread 1 tbsp of fat over it, cover it with beef. Repeat the process and top the beef mince with the last sheet of dough spreading fat on top of it.
  5. Bake Burek in a preheated oven for 30 min until crispy & golden.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks SO I love such pastries!
    I sometimes make my own filo dough for Sephardic pastries. It’s time consuming but it’s so tasty! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This looks really good😋


  3. Yana says:

    Yeap! Tried it, loved it, want make one 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Everyone who tries burek loves it 😁

      Liked by 1 person

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