Beef Chebureki (Deep Fried Beef Dumplings)



Cheburek is made from unleavened dough filled with ground meat, onions and spices, fried in oil. It is a common street food in Russia and other former ex-USSR countries. Chebureki can be a nice appetizer or main dish, they look awesome and taste great.

Beef Chebureki (Deep Fried Beef Dumplings)


Prep time
20 minutes
Cook time
15 minutes
Total time
35 minutes


2 1⁄2 cups
1⁄2 cup
4 tablespoons
olive oil
1 teaspoon
vodka (optional)
1⁄2 teaspoon
sugar (white)
1⁄2 pound
ground beef
onion (medium, finely chopped)
6 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
parsley flakes (or finely chopped fresh parsley)
vegetable oil (for deep frying)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)


1. In a large bowl, sift together sugar, salt (about 1/3 teaspoon) and flour. Add olive oil and vodka. Add water to the flour mixture (a small amount at a time) mixing it and kneading dough until it's even, soft and doesn't stick to your hands. Add a little more flour if the dough is sticky, or water if it's stiff. Place the dough aside and prepare the filling.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together ground beef, finely chopped onion and parsley. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir in milk.
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3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough until it is about 1/10-1/8 inch (2.5-3mm) thick. Cut circles using a small tea plate. Gather the rest of the dough into a ball and roll again. Repeat until you used all the dough.
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4. Place about 2 tablespoons of the filling on one side of the circle, leaving 1/2 inch (about 1cm) space at the edges.
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5. Fold the other half of the circle over and pinch the edges firmly together using your fingers.
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6. Make sure there is no air inside chebureki and the edges are closed tightly.
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7. In a large skillet, heat the oil for deep frying (it should cover about 1/2 of a cheburek), reduce heat to medium and place 3 or 4 chebureki into oil (depending on the size of your skillet). Fry chebureki on both sides until nicely and evenly brown (about 5 minutes per each side).
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8. Drain on paper towels, let rest for a few minutes. Serve while still hot.
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My husband and I really love this recipe!!! We've used it for a long time. Moreover, I have a secret for lazy people like me ) When I don't have time for the dough - I just use raw tortillas instead. They work great!!! You can find them in the refrigerator section at Walmart (near cream cheese), and Costco should carry them, too.
I like the idea of using raw tortillas! Thank you! Will definitely try them sometime!
Loved it!! I knew my husband wasn't crazy about chebureki but I love them, so I gave this recipe a try. And he loved their taste, too. It's five stars all the way and he asked me to double the recipe next time )
I can’t stress enough how good this was- I can't wait to make it again!! I’m really glad I found this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!
Fantastic recipe! Came out amazing. The recipe is a bit time-consuming, but completely worth all the effort. As someone suggested, will try to use raw tortillas next time, to cut the prep time. Thanks for your great recipes!
I made this for my family and everyone LOVED it. Now it's in the rotation.
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