Recipe: Frikadellen with Pesto Orzo Salad & Croutons


Having spent half my life living in Germany, and having a wonderful German family, there are just certain things a German has got to enjoy eating, or at least introducing certain foods into other peoples lives. One of these are Frikadellen, a common dish across Germany which is a meatball usually made out of pork or beef mince, often being a combination of both. 

They’re extremely easy to make and follow a very similar recipe to how you would make a homemade burger, but in this instance, I was pretty lazy and bought my Frikadellen from Lidl. 12 Whilst there’s a lot going on in this recipe, it’s extremely easy to make and follow, but also for you to adapt and re-imagine. Especially for your vegetables, this is a great way for you to use up any ingredients that are nearing their use-by date.

Frikadellen with Pesto Orzo Salad & Croutons
German pork Frikadellen with a fresh vegetable pesto orzo salad accompanied with croutons.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 2 frikadellen
  2. 200g orzo
  3. 1 green pepper
  4. 1 red pepper
  5. 1 carrot
  6. 1 spring onion
  7. 1 stale slice of bread
  8. 2 slices of cheese
  9. 6 cherry tomatoes
  10. 50g black eye beans
  11. 50g runner beans/ mange tout
  12. 50g frozen sweetcorn
  13. 1 tbsp of pesto
  14. Salt/ pepper
  15. Paprika
  16. Chilli flakes
  17. Oregano
  1. Cut the vegetables into bite size chucks
  2. Put the orzo onto boil with the black eye beans, carrot, sweetcorn, runner beans, and mange tout
  3. Cut up the spring onion into thin slices and shallow fry with with tomatoes and both red and green peppers. Season with the salt, pepper, paprika and chilli flakes
  4. Slice the frikadellen in half and add them into the same pan as the tomatoes and peppers, fry either side until they have more of a golden colour. As these are pre-cooked, you don't need to worry about undercooking them
  5. Now start making your croutons by cutting your stale bread into small cubes. Fry in a knob of butter and choose a seasoning of your choice for about 5 minutes
  6. Once the orzo has boiled for 12 minutes, rinse with cold water and tip into a serving bowl
  7. Season the orzo salad with a pinch of salt and oregano, then mix the pesto well throughout, add more if needed
  8. Take the vegetables and frikadellen off the heat and recreate its burger shape by putting the two halves back together
  9. Slide in a slice of cheese in between the two meat halves
  10. Serve up your cheesy frikadelle with spiced vegetables and orzo pasta salad, garnished with crispy croutons
  11. To finalise my burger, I added a blob of guacamole on top, and had salsa on the side
  12. Now it's your turn to enjoy! 🙂
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Have you ever tried cooking with a German frikadelle, or if you have any questions about it, just get in touch.

Charlotte xxx

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    OMG yay! I miss Frikadellen! I love the twist to that tradtitional german dish, i need to try this! Would love to see more German food recipes 🙂 xxx

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    • Dori
    • October 19, 2015

    That orzo with pesto salad looks beyond delicious! A must try for me. xo

    • Charlotte

      Thank you. I love playing around with different seasonsing and sauces with Orzo. Once you cook again with Orzo, let me know, always keen to see what other people add to it 🙂

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