Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

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My mom’s Bulgarian Potato Meatballs are so juicy and absolutely incredible and happen to be gluten-free. This recipe is home for me and something that I really look forward to eating. The secret ingredient is using grated 🥔 potato instead of breadcrumbs which is absolutely ✨ magical to me.

Why You’ll Love Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

There’s nothing more comforting than my mom’s homemade 🇧🇬 Bulgarian Potato Meatballs. The meat is so tender, and by using grated potatoes instead of breadcrumbs, these are light but super juicy and naturally gluten-free! We love scaling up this recipe to make a huge batch. They keep beautifully in the 🧊 freezer for a quick weeknight meal, but you could also pack them up for lunch, too! There’s nothing better.

How to Prepare Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

🥔 Peel and grate your potatoes.

💧 Next, squeeze out all of the water with your hands or in a cheesecloth.

🥣 Now, add the potatoes to a bowl with the ground pork.

🧅 Next, use a sharp knife to finely dice a small onion and mince 2 cloves of garlic and then add them to the mixing bowl.

🥚 Now, add an egg, salt, pepper, paprika and oregano and mix everything really well with clean hands.

🔥 Heat up the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.

🧑‍🍳 Form your meatballs as big or as small as you like and fry them (about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.)

Nonna’s Tip 💧

I find that wetting my hands to form the meatballs (or burgers) helps prevent anything from sticking to them.

Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

Variations and Substitutions for Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

  1. We use ground pork but you can use any ground meat of choice and even make these turkey meatballs if you want to make them healthier.
  2. Use whatever herbs and spices you love: 🌿 parsley or dill would be delicious as well.
  3. Instead of pan-frying these Bulgarian Potato Meatballs, you can absolutely bake them in the oven on a baking sheet, or place them in the air-fryer. I would spray them with a bit of avocado or olive oil before cooking.

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Best Served With

  • Serve these Bulgarian Potato Meatballs with my delicious 🥗 Bulgarian Salad as a complete meal.
  • You can also serve these as a lovely appetizer with a simple tomato dipping sauce.
  • Serve these alongside my traditional Bulgarian 🥒 Cold Cucumber Soup for a light meal idea.

Common Questions

can I use other ground meat instead of pork?

Yes, you can use any ground meat you prefer, such as beef, chicken, turkey or your favorite combo.

can I bake the Bulgarian potato meatballs instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the meatballs as well. I like to place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush each with avocado oil or another oil of your choice. The cooking time will depend on the size of the meatballs and your desired level of browning.

How can I tell when the meatballs are cooked?

The frying time will depend on how big or small you made them but you can always cut a little piece off the end to see if they’re cooked.

can I make these in the air-fryer?

I haven’t tried this, but I don’t see why not! I would brush them or spray them with some avocado oil. Be sure to look at your air-fryer manual for recommended cooking time and temperature.

Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

Bulgarian Potato Meatballs

There's nothing more comforting than my mom's homemade Bulgarian Potato Meatballs. The meat is so tender, and by using grated potatoes instead of breadcrumbs, these are light but super juicy and naturally gluten-free! We love scaling up this recipe to make a huge batch.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 450 grams ground pork, 1 small pack, or any ground meat you prefer
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium potatoes, grated
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano, to taste
  • avocado oil, or any oil for baking or frying

Instructions 

  • Peel and grate your potatoes and squeeze out all of the water with your hands or in a cheese cloth. Add them to a bowl with the rest of your ingredients and mix everything really well with clean hands.
  • Form your meatballs as big or as small as you like and fry them up once your oil is hot on medium-high.
  • The frying time will depend on how big or small you made them but you can always cut a little piece off the end to see if they’re cooked.
  • Ours usually take 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 667mg, Potassium: 824mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 134IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bulgarian
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5 Comments

    1. Hi Andrew! You can bake these in the oven or grill them on the BBQ at 400F for about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of your meatballs, or until the juices run clear.