Balkan Night- Burek


Slavic food is a real journey through time via taste, and this Balkan standard is both ubiquitous and delicious in the region. It feels intimidating. It isn’t. We shortcut the phyllo (filo) dough by buying store bought and it works just fine. You’re gonna love this South Slavic fast food just as much as we do!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 1 potato, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo (filo) dough

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

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  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Brown ground beef in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain fat; stir in allspice, paprika, salt, and pepper. Transfer beef to a large bowl and stir in potato and onion.

  3. Unroll phyllo pastry and transfer 2 sheets to a work surface; stack sheets. Spoon 1/8th of the ground beef mixture down one long edge of the phyllo pastry. Roll phyllo into a tube, encasing beef. Shape the tube into a coil (snail shape). Place the roll on an ungreased baking sheet; brush with melted butter. Repeat, placing finished rolls up against one another to keep them from unrolling.

  4. Bake burek in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.