A quick and easy way to make Polish-inspired Grilled Meatball Sliders, using the Breville Ultimate Grill.
One of the things that my mum made a lot of when we were growing up were Polish meatballs – called kotlety mielone. They tended to be fried in lots oil – not so healthy, but super-delicious.
Whenever I had friends over from school for tea, I’d beg my mum to make ‘normal burgers’ – i.e. ones from a packet. They usually tasted awful and I’d be very happy when her homemade burgers (kotlety) or smaller meatballs (kotleciki or pulpeciki) would make a reappearance again.
The classic Polish way to eat them is with mashed potatoes and grated, fried beetroot. There’s also a recipe here from my book Wild Honey and Rye for Polish meatballs with a wild mushroom sauce. We love those, too.
When I was at university, I discovered that my mum’s meatballs (which she’d sometimes pack me off with) made the best meatball burgers – piled up inside a soft bun, smothered in cheese and mayo and freshened up with fresh tomato and pickles.
I then learnt how to make them myself, much to the delight of my fellow housemates, who would customise theirs in their own way (very often after a night out) usually with a ton of chilli sauce. I felt like I was rebelling, squishing them into a burger bun, rather than eating them with potatoes, beets and dill.
These days, they make for a very tasty after-school snack. How times have changed.
I make my meatballs with a mixture of pork and beef – though I sometimes use veal. I also add a couple of slices of bread, soaked in water, an egg, a small onion or shallots, mustard, fresh dill and seasoning.
Soaking the bread in water is a crucial step, because it makes the end meatball very moist and squishy.
They should be well-seasoned, golden brown on the outside and cooked through. I usually flatten them a bit to help with the cooking process.
Usually, you’d coat them in breadcrumbs before frying them in a pan with a little oil, but I now make mine on the Breville grill. They stay together perfectly, cook quickly and are easy to flip over and cook on the other side.
This recipe makes a super-quick batch of around 12 meatballs. The electric grill cooks them pretty sharpish, but also creates some nice grill lines across the top. The crispy bits are so good. And the melty cheese.
You can also make really good grilled cheese sandwiches on the grill, as we often also do as an after-school snack.
We like to cook sausages on the grill, too, at weekends, because they cook quickly with the heat, which comes from the top and bottom when closed. Bigger cooked breakfasts work well, too.
Grilled Meatball Sliders
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And there you have it. A little twist on Polish meatballs. Try them. They’re good!
Quick and easy Polish-inspired meatballs, made on the Breville Ultimate Grill - stacked up with melted cheese, dill pickles, tomato and mayo in brioche rolls.
- 2 slices wholemeal bread
- 250 g minced pork or veal
- 250 g minced beef
- 2 banana shallots finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp mustard
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped dill
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil spray
- 4 brioche or burger buns
- 4 slices cheese chopped into quarters
- 4 dill pickles sliced
- 1 large tomato sliced
- 4 tbsp. mayonnaise
Place the 2 pieces of bread into a small bowl. Cover with 250ml cold water.
Take another large bowl, add the minced pork or veal, minced beef, shallots, egg, mustard and dill. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Add the soaked bread. Mix together by hand until combined.
Shape the meat into 12 meatballs and flatten slightly.
Pre-heat the Breville Ultimate Grill to high. Spray with olive oil spray. Place the meatballs onto the grill. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, flipping occasionally. Turn the grill down slightly if they are getting too brown. Add a small square of cheese onto each burger to melt.
Slice the rolls and heat on the other side of the grill. Watch carefully so the bread doesn't burn! Remove from the heat.
Build the burgers. Place 3 meatballs on each roll, add dill pickles, tomato and mayo – eat!
- If you don't have an electric grill, you can pan-fry these, using a little more oil.
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For more inspiration on what to cook on a grill like this, check out the hashtags #TurnOnYourCreativity and #GrilledbyBreville
This is a commissioned recipe post for Breville’s One-Minute Cooking Show Challenge. I also received the Breville Ultimate Grill to keep. All opinions my own. #sp