Sauerbraten Patties Recipe
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Sauerbraten Patties Recipe

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This family favorite was made by my mother back in the '20s. A roast was out of the question on our budget, but chopped meat was only pennies a pound. -Chris Christoffers, Lake Worth, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 gingersnaps, crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 297 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 110 mg cholesterol, 665 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 3/4 cup water, bread crumbs, onion, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. In a large skillet, brown patties on both sides; drain. Add the broth, vinegar, brown sugar, cloves, bay leaf, gingersnaps and remaining water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink. Discard cloves and bay leaf. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Sauerbraten Patties in Reminisce January/February 2003, p48

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"made this tonight .. it was AMAZING - i added dried parsley and dried minced garlic to the meat mixture though i just had to :) i think it needs more gravy too - i thinned it out with more water as it cooked down .. it was awesome though !!!!!!!! DEFINITELY A KEEPER i tried a roast a few weeks back and it was awful ... this was the perfect flavor i was looking for !!"

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