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Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen

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Authentic German Pork Frikadellen, or Frikadeller as they're called in Denmark, are simple meat patties that are fried in a pan, just like small hamburgers.

These Frikadellen patties are made with two types of meat and are flavored with caramelized onion, mustard, herbs and spices. We are keeping these meat patties nut-free and coconut-free so won't need any almond flour or coconut flour to replace the bread crumbs. Instead you'll need ground pork rinds which work well as an alternative to bread crumbs.

Frikadellen are so versatile! They can be served with any vegetable sides for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are easy to make in just a few minutes and are ideal for meal prep, batch cooking and freezing.

Which Sides to Serve with Frikadellen?

Pork Frikadellen are best served with some braised cabbage, simple slaw or a side of dressed greens. These are some of the best low-carb options to serve with Frikadellen:

All of us have different dietary needs so it's natural that you may need to adjust the macros in this recipe. You can make any adjustments, such as adding different sides or changing the serving size, directly in the KetoDiet App by cloning any of the recipes from my blog and customizing them to fit your macros and preferences.

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size 4 medium or 5 small patties

Allergy information for Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 4 medium or 5 small patties)

Net carbs2.6 grams
Protein40.2 grams
Fat32.8 grams
Calories485 kcal
Calories from carbs 2%, protein 34%, fat 64%
Total carbs3.8 gramsFiber1.2 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat12.3 gramsSodium981 mg(43% RDA)Magnesium42 mg(10% RDA)Potassium608 mg(30% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 1 medium yellow (brown) onion, chopped (110 g/ 3.9 oz)
  • 4 tbsp cooking fat such as lard, ghee or duck fat, divided (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 500 g ground beef, 5% fat (1.1 lb)
  • 500 g ground pork, 10% fat (1.1 lb)
  • 1 cup ground pork rinds (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard or Dijon mustard (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed caraway seeds
  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Start by cooking the onion. In a pan greased with half of the cooking fat (lard, ghee or duck fat), cook the chopped onion Until fragrant and lightly browned, for 3 to 5 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine the ground pork, ground beef, ground pork rinds, eggs, minced garlic, mustard, dried marjoram, paprika, crushed caraway seeds, chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen
  3. Mix to combine. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen
  4. Using your hands, create 24 small patties (about 57 g/ 2 oz each), or up to 30 smaller patties (about 45 g/ 1.6 oz each). Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen
  5. Grease a pan with ghee or olive oil. Once hot, add the patties and cook them in batches. Do not overfill the pan. Cook on medium-high for 5 to 8 minutes and then flip to cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen
  6. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate lined with paper kitchen towel. Eat hot or cold or let the patties cool down and refrigerate for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze the patties for up to 3 months. Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen
  7. Frikadellen are best served with Braised Cabbage, Creamy Potato Salad or Coleslaw. Low-Carb German Pork Frikadellen

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 4 medium or 5 small patties)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
1.2 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Lard (pork fat)
0 g0 g10 g90 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g14.3 g16.7 g212 kcal
Pork, minced (ground), outdoor reared (~ 10% fat)
0.2 g17.6 g3.3 g101 kcal
Pork rinds (pork skins), dry, plain (for "breading")
0 g5.4 g0.9 g40 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.1 g2.1 g1.6 g24 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Mustard, prepared, yellow
0.1 g0.2 g0.2 g3 kcal
Marjoram, dried
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Caraway seeds, spices
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, 4 medium or 5 small patties
2.6 g40.2 g32.8 g485 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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