Fried Thin Dough with Ground Beef Filling - Ciborek


Try this delicious traditional turkish food recipe fried thin dough with ground beef filling.

Course Borek, Breakfast, Main Course, Savory Pastry, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword Fried Thin Dough With Ground Beef Filling
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the dough:

  • 4 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup warm water

For the ground beef filling:

  • 350 gr. 12,35 oz. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/5 cup water


The dough:

  1. Take your 4 1/2 cup all purpose flour in a medium container and add your 3 tsp. salt
  2. Start to add your warm water little by little and knead until your form your dough.
  3. The tip for making a good dough for “ciborek” is its consistency should be hard.
  4. Divide your dough in walnut size equal pieces (approximately 20-22 pcs.) cover them with a moist towel and rest your dough for about 30 minutes.
  5. You can also make your dough in your stand mixer with a dough hook.

The ground beef filling:

  1. Mix your 350 gr. (12,35 oz.) ground beef, 1/2 grated onion, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. salt and 1/5 cup water together until combined.


  1. Flour your preparation surface
  2. Take your dough pieces and roll them into 8 inches diameter circles with your rolling pin.
  3. Take your circles one by one, spread a thin line of your ground beef filling along the half of your dough. (as you can see in below video)
  4. Close the other half on another and trim the side with your pastry wheel so your dough stick together.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan and fry your “ciborek”s until they turn gold.
  6. If you pour from the hot oil with a spoon on your fried thin dough with ground beef filling while frying they will puff up as in the pictures.