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Balkan Sausage (Ćevapčići or Ćevapi)

These very simple kebabs -- popular in the Balkans, which include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro -- combine three meats and just a few simple spices, and are perfect for cooking on the grill, but can just as easily be cooked inside on a griddle. Serve with a salad of tomatoes & cucumber, flatbread and a rich whole milk yogurt, and it’s the perfect supper.

Balkan Sausage (Ćevapčići or Ćevapi) by Simon Majumdar

Balkan Sausage (Ćevapčići or Ćevapi) Recipe

(Serves about 4-6)


  • 1½ lbs Ground Beef

  • 1½ lbs Ground Lamb

  • 1½ lbs Ground Pork

  • 2 Cloves Garlic (Finely Minced)

  • 1 Onion (Grated)

  • 1 Tsp Paprika

  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Tsp Pepper

  • Vegetable Oil for Brushing Before Grilling

  • Flatbread (for serving)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour.

  3. Remove from the fridge and allow to come back to temperature.

  4. Form the meat into sausages about 3-4 inches long.

  5. Brush with oil.

  6. Grill each sausage until cooked.

  7. Serve with flatbread and your choice of a salad (optional).

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