Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs)

Frikadeller Danish MeatballsThis recipe and the following two recipes are all recipes my husband brought back from when he lived in Denmark. He always talks about how amazing the food is in Denmark and how he’s dying to go back just so he can eat the food again (and I can’t wait to go with him)! A few weeks ago he pulled out these recipes and made them for me. They were all delicious!

This first recipe is called “Frikadeller” which very loosely translated means “Meatballs”. You can have them with or without gravy. They are delicious either way. You can make them with all pork or a mixture of pork and beef. If you want it to be super savory use all pork. Serve these along with Brunede Kartofler (Caramelized/Browned Potatoes) and/or Rødkål (Red Cabbage).

For leftovers (if you really want to do it like the Danes) slap a few of these bad boys onto some toast (or bread) with some mayo. Oh man, it is GOOD.

Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs)

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  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion - grated
  • 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. sage leaves
  • half & half (or milk) for consistency (1/4 to 1/2 c.)
  • butter
  • Gravy:
  • 3/4 - 2 Tbsp drippings from Frickadeller
  • tiny butter if needed
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 c. heavy cream (Milk works too)
  • 1 Tbsp. beef bouillon
  • salt & pepper


  • Combine beef, pork and onion. Add breadcrumbs, flour, eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg, garlic, and sage leaves (it works best if you mix it with your hands).
  • Slowly add half & half for consistency (you want them to be slightly sticky, you shouldn't be able to form them into a perfect ball). Coat large skillet well with butter. Drop clumps of mixture (a heaping tablespoon-size) onto the skillet.
  • Fry on medium to medium low heat until brown (press the meat down a lightly with a fork so it flattens out a little.. it should look like a fat hamburger.. see picture below), then flip (approx 3-5 minutes per side). Add more butter with each batch.
  • Serve with gravy (see below). **Don't wash the skillet-- you will want the brown bits and drippings for the gravy**
  • For the gravy:
  • Add the flour to the drippings to form a roux (add butter if needed). Slowly add cream (or milk) until mixture reaches gravy consistency. Add beef bouillon, salt & pepper to taste.


  1. Mama Peck says:

    I sent this recipe to my daughter. Her hubby lived in Denmark for 2 years and loves all things Danish. She's making these for him for Valentine's Day- he'll be a very happy camper! Thanks for posting this one!

  2. surendra says:

    Really lovely and colorful its recipe . i loved this recipe and nice details shared in the post . easy make tips so i just try make this recipe in my home . thanks

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  3. Tricia C. says:

    We just made this for dinner tonight. It'll go more quickly next time, but I probably will save this recipe for weekends. Wow is it good!! We chose to go with all pork. The gravy is phenomenal. Definitely a keeper.

  4. Becki Robins says:

    I’ve been looking for a frikadeller recipe to use on my international food blog, and this looks like the best out of the dozen or so I’ve seen online. Do you mind if I borrow it? I’d be happy to give you a link back (of course)! Thanks!

    • Erica says:

      Sure! You may use it. If you put our recipe on your site we would prefer you to use your own picture and link back as well. If you use our picture, please make a direct link to us for people to find the recipe

  5. Karen Davis lefebver says:

    My paternal grandmother used to make these for me when we would visit her in Detroit. When she made them back in the 50s, I always thought they were called “frickadillas”. Both of her parents were born in Denmark. Thank you for the recipe!

    • nikki c. says:

      That is also how my Danish grandmother said it and she came here from Denmark as an indentured servant back in the late 1800’s.

  6. Becki Robins says:

    Thanks! I always use my own photos, and will definitely give you the link back. Much appreciated!

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  17. [email protected] says:

    I followed the recipe as directed. The Frikadellers came out perfect but the gravy is a little two salty..I just added the beef bullion nothing else. Any suggestions how to make it less salty?

    • Erica says:

      you can cut back on the bouillon or add more cream/milk…

      • shelly sturgill says:

        Thank you for posting. This was my favorite thing for my grandmother to make every year for my special birthday meal. Brings back so many great memories of her.

        • Erica says:

          🙂 Thanks for the comment! How did it compare to your Grandma’s?

  18. Lauren Jack says:

    how many servings is this recipe?

    • Erica says:

      about 4-6 servings

  19. Anja Martha Gosc says:

    The recipe is not for the traditional frikadeller. But it looks and sounds good

    • Kathleen says:

      Every home even in Europe will tweek recipes. This is how my mother, back to her grandmother made them. Except my mother always used allspice and not the sage. Living in Ausria, we purchased them in the interest of time . They call them Frikadillen. But instead of allspice they used nutmeg. Had a German friend who made them. She used nutmeg. As a side note. We made Hungaian Goluasch, and served it with spaetzle. Our Hungarian friend was surprised because in her family it was served as a soup. Later we served it to a young man from Hungry. They ate it as a sauce with spaezle. Some use nothing paperika and some add a little tomato sauce. Recipes are as authentic as how each house makes it.

      • Echo says:

        Thank you Kathleen! It is interesting how different countries adapt recipes to their tastes.

      • Susan Jean says:

        I add ground cloves to mine, my grandma & my mom r Danish, from Denmark, my mom was born in Aalborg.

        • Echo says:

          Yum, I love cloves. I will try this next time. You are lucky to have Danish heritage (not only because of the good food, but for many reasons)!

  20. Peter Schøler says:

    The Danish name is: frikadeller (plural). The traditional receipe is without the sage, garlic and maybe the nutmeg. When I make them, I use my moms way: put the meat in a bowl so that the meat fills the bottom of the bowl. Then cut out a fourth and lift on top of the rest of the meat. Fill the empty fourth with either 1.wheat flour or 2. outmeal or a mix of the two. I prefer the outmeal. Then add the rest of the receipe without the milk. Mix with a kitchen spoon and add slowly milk until it feels right. The mix should be quite wet but still be able to stick together. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge for half an hour to settle. Form a ball with a spoon and your hand and fry in butter (or margerine) on medium heat for 3-5 min on each side until brown. Cut one to check if the middle is cooked. Serve with potatoes and gravy and something sour on the side. It is a very common daily dish in Denmark, my home turf. Bon apetit.

    • Echo says:

      Peter, thank you so much for sharing your family’s way of making frikadeller! This will be very helpful the next time I make these meatballs – and very helpful to our readers!

    • [email protected] says:

      This is definetly a more traditional way of making them. Except for the oatmeal (I use regular flour) this is exactly the way my family has been making them for generations.

  21. Lise says:

    First I put the onion in a food processor and add 2 eggs process till onion is liquid like then add the eggs. When this is done add 1 pound of ground pork, salt and pepper to taste and process again add flour by the tablespoon full till mixture is a thick like consistency add a bit of milk not much and process one more time. Fry in canola oil and a bit of butter on medium low heat.

  22. alyson says:

    Here is another thing to try. Take the frikadellar mixture (I leave out the nutmeg) and scoop it into 1″ meatballs into a pot heat with simmering 2-3 c. good chicken stock and poach the meatballs until cooked through. (7-8 min. Remove the balls and drain the stock into a measuring cup. You should have about 2 c. In the pot add 3-4 tab. butter, melt and stir in 1-2 tab. curry powder (depends on how spicy it is and how you like it). then add 3-4 tab. flour and make a roux. Stir in a grated apple *gala or other med sweet apple) and cook for a minute or two. then whisk in the stock. You can add a bit more curry if needed. Add meatballs and heat through then serve over rice. Danish Meatballs and Curry. I make a double batch of the meat mixture and make both frikadellar and meatballs and curry. I have my neighbors hooked on both. Also check out the cookbook ‘Take a Silver Dish’ , sometimes you can find it on Amazon or Ebay

  23. Carol says:

    This is almost identical to the Swedish Meatball recipe we cooked in my jr. high home ec class in 1953!! Our family has been making them ever since and love them! Since there are now just the 2 of us to cook for I make and freeze them to use at various meals. Handy when the family comes to visit.

  24. Scott Anderson says:

    Growing up in Racine Wi. (One of the most Danish cities in the US) mom made these all the time. Looked through her recipes and could not find one. Thanks for posting. Yours looked the best. Will be makings it tonight. Looking forward to my childhood food memories. Now all I need is a little Kringle for desert!

    • Erica says:

      Thank you for choosing our recipe! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we do!

  25. Sheri says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe. My mother passed away in 2013 and this was one of those recipes she never wrote down. My grandmother was born in Copenhagen and a lot of her recipes have been handed down to us grandchildren. I had forgotten about the ‘Frickadillas’ as we called them. We didn’t eat them with gravy – ours were served with sour cream. I will give them a shot – looking forward to the memories!

  26. Ben van Noort says:

    Try adding currents to the mix…Grrrreat.

  27. Laura K. says:

    I love to see all the variations of this recipe! I too grew up enjoying frikadellar (great-great grandfather brought the recipe over from Denmark), but I know there have been some changes to it. We actually use a little worchestershire sauce and thyme in our recipe – I’m guessing some of the English in my family added that! But we also shape them to have three sides and serve with ketchup (originally homemade but now just store bought). My mom used to love making frikadellar sandwiches for leftover 🙂

    • Erica says:

      We love making sandwiches with the leftovers, too! SO delicious! Thanks for sharing your family’s variation, I have added Worcestershire to the sauce before and I love it (gives it a little flavor boost)

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