Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage

I ate this dish in the former Yugoslavia in 1986 (now Croatia) on the way to the famous Plitvicer Lakes. I always ordered a Grill Plate, it was a safe bet because of the language barrier. One way or another I ended up with Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage on my plate. 

Tzatziki, Greek white sauce
Eat with my white Tzatziki Sauce

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage
Category: Main dish
Cuisine: Balkan, Croatia, Serbia
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

You can grill or fry Cevapcici in a pan, Eat with a salad, home fried potatoes and Tzatziki sauce


  • 1.5 Lb minced beef and pork, or lamb
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Mix the minced meat in a bowl with the pressed garlic cloves, and season with salt, pepper, oregano and paprika powder.
  • Then add eggs, chopped onion and breadcrumbs and mix well with moistened hands.
  • Form rolls from the meat mixture (about 2.5″ long and 3/4″ thick).
  • Lightly brush the meat rolls with oil and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the grill and place the cevapcici on the hot grill.
  • Brown on all sides until crispy.
  • Optional: you can fry them in a pan with hot olive oil on all sides.

Eating Cevapcici at the beautiful Plitvicer Lakes

Plitvicer Lakes, Croatia
Plitvicer Lakes, Croatia

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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