Making Meat Burekas

Bureka meat filling:

Step 1: Preparing the filling (“konducho”) for meat burekas:

Below is a summarized photographic step for making a popular Rhodesli “comida” of meat burekas.
On the right column is the recipe and instructions.

1. Ingredients for the filling: ground meat, onions, oil, rice, parsley, egg and tomato sauce


2. Adding meat to the sautéed onions.


3. Adding tomato sauce to the meat and onion mixture.


4. Adding rice to the mixture.


5. Adding parsley and egg to the mixture.


6. Final appearance of the meat filling.

Step 2: Dough process for the meat burekas:

The following are the steps to combine the meat filling (“konducho”) with the dough of the bureka:

7. Ingredients for bureka dough, utensils and kneeding.


8. Dividing dough with scooper and shaping into ball forms by rolling in hands.


9. Rolling balls of dough into oval shapes.


10. Scooping meat mixture onto flattened oval dough shapes.


11. Folding dough over meat mixture into half-circle bureka shape. Pinching and folding the edge of the bureka.


12. Placing meat burekas onto baking pan. Brushing egg wash and sprinkling burekas with sesame seeds.


13. The finished product.

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4 Responses to “Making Meat Burekas”

  1. September 24th, 2014

    Diana (Cohen) Freedman:

    This is the exact recipe I learned from my mother’s side of the family. We make ours into round cups instead of folded over and then we cut off the tops and add a salsa of chopped tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.

  2. February 24th, 2011

    Diane Rose Benveniste:

    On “Foods” page, “Making Meat Burekas”: My mother, Stella Surmani and her brother Eliezer Surmani were born in Rhodes, are both in their 80’s and survived the horrible camps. I have learned a lot from my mom with the wonderful Sephardic foods, We make the biscochicos and yaprak. She introduced us to matzapan and halva – I love them both. Thank you for the recipes, I plan to make the burekas. The website is wonderful.

  3. October 24th, 2010


    They look absolutely DELICIOUS!! I will “adopt” your recipe and try them the way you did – thanks so much!!

  4. July 6th, 2010

    Lea Capelluto:

    No hay mejor que las bulemas y las borekas de Rodis!!!!!