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Bosnian Burek Recipe

Bosnian Burek Recipe


When you walk through the streets of any Bosnian town in the morning, the aroma of freshly baked Burek is almost inescapable. A pastry filled typically with minced meat, cheese, or spinach, Burek has become synonymous with Bosnian culture. It's not just a dish, but a piece of history folded into layers of dough and filling.

The Historical Layers of Burek

Burek, like many dishes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has its roots in the Ottoman Empire, tracing back to Turkish burekas. When the Ottomans expanded their territory into the Balkans, they brought along their culinary traditions. Over time, each region added its unique flair to these dishes. In Bosnia, Burek evolved into something special — a delectable, hearty pastry enjoyed at any time of the day.

The Bosnian Food Culture

Food in Bosnia and Herzegovina is more than sustenance; it's an expression of history, regional diversity, and communal spirit. The cuisine is a flavorful blend of East and West, bearing Ottoman, Mediterranean, and Slavic influences. Meals are often hearty, rich, and meant to be shared — a testament to the Bosnian emphasis on family and community.

In this landscape, Burek stands out, often enjoyed alongside a cup of yogurt or with a Bosnian coffee. Whether for breakfast, a snack, or a midnight treat, Burek is always a good idea.

Recipe for Traditional Bosnian Burek

Savor the layers of Bosnian history with this Burek recipe.


  • For the Dough:

    • 500g all-purpose flour

    • 250ml warm water

    • 2 tsp salt

    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • For the Filling (Meat version):

    • 500g minced beef

    • 1 large onion, finely chopped

    • 2 cloves garlic, minced

    • Salt and pepper to taste

    • 1 tsp paprika

  • For Assembly:

    • 200ml vegetable oil or melted butter


  1. Prepare the Dough: Mix flour, warm water, salt, and oil until you get a soft dough. Knead for about 10 minutes. Divide into small balls and let them rest, covered with a cloth, for 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare the Filling: In a pan, sauté the onions until translucent. Add the minced beef, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook until the meat is browned.

  3. Roll and Fill: Using a rolling pin, roll out each dough ball into a thin sheet. Spread some of the filling over half of the rolled dough. Fold the other half over the filling, then roll it to form a spiral or cylinder.

  4. Bake: Place the Bureks on a baking sheet, brush with oil or melted butter, and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (390°F) for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

  5. Serve: Burek is best enjoyed hot, often accompanied by a side of yogurt or a cup of traditional Bosnian coffee.


Burek is more than just a pastry; it's a bite into the rich mosaic of Bosnian culture. Every layer tells a story, every bite brings a taste of Bosnian streets, and every shared piece celebrates the essence of community. Enjoy your journey into the heart of Bosnia with every flaky, savory mouthful.

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