Danish Meatballs (Frikadeller)

30 mins (prep 10, cooking 20)
10 ingredients
15 servings
The Danes and the Swedes were in numerous wars over hundreds of years; one reason could have been 'the meatballs'. Most people will think of Sweden and perhaps IKEA when they think of meatballs; however it is also a traditional dish in Denmark and it is a dish that varies from family to family, often being passed down through generations. My recipe goes back at least 100 years, perhaps more; but I have traced it back to my great-grandmother and can remember making the meatballs with my grandmother as a little girl. The difference between the Danish and Swedish meatballs is often that ground pork is added to Danish meatballs making them fluffier and - being Danish - I think more tasty ;)

Categories:  ground-beef , beef , brunch , time-to-make , lunch~snacks , european , weeknight , <-30-mins , easy , main-dish , meat , danish , scandinavian ,
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  • 350 g extra lean ground beef
  • 150 g ground lean pork (as lean as you can get, ground pork in denmark only has around 8-10% fat)
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion, small, shredded finely on cheese grater
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (add more if you want a spicier meatball)


Serving Size (50.47 g)
Servings 15
Amount per Serving
Calories 32.81 Calories from Fat 3.96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.44g 10.14%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 7.8%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 329.49mg 205.93%
Total Carbohydrate 6.1g 30.49%
Dietary Fiber 0.52 g 31.27%
Sugars 0.49 g %
Protein 1.12g 33.64%
Vitamin A 3.59IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 17.75mg% Iron 0.45mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
extra lean ground beef, ground lean pork