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)


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (white)
  • 1/2 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes (or finely chopped fresh parsley)
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes
Total time:
35 minutes
Yield: 7 Servings | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes


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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Guest September 25, 2018 5:23 AM
I made assorted cheburekis, ones with mashed potato, cheese and bacon in and also ones with fruit hmmmmm...

alenatrs September 25, 2018 9:29 AM
There are many different versions! Thank you for sharing this with us.

nice chebreki

Guest May 2, 2018 6:04 AM
Delicious, nutritional with a lot of health benefits . Excellent recipe

alenatrs May 4, 2018 10:54 PM
Thank you for sharing your opinion! I'd say that there are a lot of healthier dishes, but these chebureki taste really good!!


Guest October 31, 2017 10:12 PM
Finally a website that says how to make exactly 1000 chibrikis (bad spelling)

Guest October 28, 2017 6:19 AM
Delicious slavic fond 10/10 blyatiful


sarah_friedman April 27, 2014 10:39 PM
I made this for my family and everyone LOVED it. Now it's in the rotation.

Fantastic recipe! Came out

MollyC September 24, 2013 10:21 PM
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!

Wow, great recipe!!

MoniKa August 11, 2013 3:09 PM
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!

Nice taste and look!

sandypell June 4, 2013 1:24 PM
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 )

Great idea!

alenatrs April 22, 2013 1:28 PM
I like the idea of using raw tortillas! Thank you! Will definitely try them sometime!

My husband's favorite recipe!

vishenka April 11, 2013 2:05 PM
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.

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