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 August 1, 2020 5:40 PM
We have made these a couple times. Tonight we are going to try adding cheese 💞💞💞

alenatrs August 4, 2020 1:27 PM
Glad you enjoy the recipe! I'm sure the cheese addition will taste grate too! - Alena

Please use metric

Guest April 9, 2020 4:16 PM
Great recipe and tastes good. But please put in metric units.

alenatrs April 10, 2020 4:07 PM
Glad to hear you liked the recipe! Thanks for the review! Unfortunately, we don't have ability to use metric units for now. - Alena

Simple, but good.

Guest March 15, 2020 8:18 AM
The recipe is simple, easy to follow, and amateur like me can make it. I suggest double the parsley, add green onion for the filling, add 1/2tsp more sugar for the dough, and cook it with room temp oil slowly raising to small-medium heat. Or precook the meat before fill them inside the dough, that way you can make the perfect crust without worrying about the meat being uncooked.

alenatrs March 22, 2020 8:13 PM
These are some great suggestions. Thank you for your awesome review. - Alena

New favorite food

Guest January 13, 2020 9:52 PM
I have made this recipe numerous times and every time it has turned out great. I just have some tips (and personal preferences) on this recipe. First off, set your stove around 2/3 of the way to medium. These will burn if they cook in oil that's too hot. Second is that I prefer adding some garlic and an entire onion (instead of 1/2). Overall a very good recipe. I would definitely recommend it who wants to try something different (and absolutely delicious)!

alenatrs January 15, 2020 8:43 PM
Happy to hear you have a new favorite!! Thank you for sharing your awesome tips!! - Alena


Guest January 12, 2020 12:39 PM
Look very delicious 😋 but how do you know when the meat is done inside the dough?

alenatrs January 12, 2020 6:39 PM
Usually once both the sides are golden brown, the inside is cooked through. Sometimes I use kitchen thermometer to check the temperature in one cheburek in each batch, it should read at least 160F. - Alena

Guest August 30, 2019 1:39 AM
Thank you for your advise, tips and tricks

alenatrs August 31, 2019 11:41 AM
You are very welcome!

Guest August 27, 2019 12:45 AM
best food loved it

alenatrs August 31, 2019 11:42 AM
Glad to hear you like chebureki as much as we do ;)


Guest August 27, 2019 12:43 AM
awsome taste amazig

alenatrs August 31, 2019 11:40 AM
Glad to hear you liked chebureki! - Alena


Guest July 1, 2019 12:30 AM
I made these for my class while watching a movie, perfect movie snack!

alenatrs July 2, 2019 7:44 PM
Agree, these make a perfect movie snack! Thank you for your review! - Alena


Guest June 27, 2019 12:17 AM
Loved this! Ive made it several times with this recipe. Always perfected with dipping in mayo like true Slav.

alenatrs July 2, 2019 7:43 PM
I'm so glad to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review!! - Alena

Germans from Russia

Guest April 23, 2019 9:11 PM
My German from Russia grandmother made these. We called them fleish kueckle but also were called cheburecki. I am always fascinated by the origins of my family’s food traditions.

alenatrs April 25, 2019 10:11 AM
That’s just awesome!! So glad these chebureki reminded you of your grandmother! - Alena

Отличный рецепт

Guest March 28, 2019 6:12 AM
Спасибо! Очень просто и вкусно

alenatrs April 16, 2019 1:33 PM
Thanks! Glad to hear you like the recipe!

Guest March 4, 2019 4:48 PM
I made these for cooking class project because i'm from Russia and people wanted know what Chebureki was and they love it. Thanks for help with recipe.

alenatrs March 5, 2019 9:25 AM
Awesome! It's great to hear that they loved chebureki. I've also made them a couple of times for my husband's potluck at work and he said they disappeared quickly. Thanks for taking time to share this with me! I love comments like this. - Alena


Guest February 8, 2019 11:58 AM
10/10 would eat agian

alenatrs February 11, 2019 1:38 PM
Thank you for the great feedback! - Alena

Guest January 24, 2019 11:38 PM
прекрасный вкус, хороший рецепт

alenatrs February 11, 2019 1:37 PM
Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! - Alena

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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