Beef Patties (Pulpetti tal-Laħam)

Pulpetti is a traditional Maltese recipe. It is something enjoyed in many families & homes in Malta. Pulpetti is a dish that you cook & it’s like a must to make extra that will last you for days. It is not only because they are delicious, but also because you can eat them in so many ways.

You can eat them by themselves. Serve them with a salad or some fries. Eat them in between bread, like a burger. Just eat them as you wish, the most important part is that you savor the deliciousness & enjoy them!

This time round I cooked up the Pulpetti tal-Laħam. Most simple translation or other way of describing them would be Beef Patties. They’re juicy & packed full of flavor.

As for the cooking method, the most common one would be to fry them. But my personal favorite is cook them in the oven. It’s simpler & it depends on your preference. With this recipe I have chose to cook them in the oven but do check in as I have in mind to also provide a different Pulpetti recipe that involves frying them.

For Pulpetti tal-Laħam there are people who choose to use pork, beef or a mixture of both. In this recipe we will be using beef & pork sausage meat.

For more Pulpetti recipes & different ones, you can already go check out my Tuna & Spinach Cakes (Pulpetti tat-Tonn). You won’t be disappointed! Enjoy these recipes & there are more to come, including Maltese recipes.

Beef Patties (Pulpetti tal-Laħam)

Enjoy a traditional Maltese recipe & delicious one as well!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Maltese
Servings 35
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 kg minced meat beef
  • 500 g pork sausage
  • 225 g yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • ½ tbsp rosemary
  • 12 g parsley chopped
  • 30 g garlic
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 700 g potatoes
  • 5 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 150 g grated cheese
  • ¼ vegetable stock cube


  • Preheat oven at 200C.
  • Boil the potatoes with the ¼ vegetable stock cube.
  • In a food processor, mince the onion, garlic & ¾ of the parsley. Then add the beef & sausage without casing, paprika, curry, Worchestershire sauce, thyme, breadcrumbs, cheese & rosemary. Mix it till it turns into a smooth texture.
  • When the potatoes are done cooking, strain them & then add the butter to them. Mash them up.
  • Mix in the potatoes to the meat mixture. Mix well.
  • Put a baking paper on an oven baking sheet. Start to form balls with the meat mixture & then place them on the baking sheet. Flat them out with the palm of your hand.
  • Cook in the oven for 13 minutes. Flip them & cook for another 13 minutes.


Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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