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Kıymalı Tepsi Böreği (Turkish Phyllo Pastry with Beef) on two white plates.

Kıymalı Tepsi Böreği (Turkish Phyllo Pastry with Beef)

A recipe for Kıymalı Tepsi Böreği (Turkish Phyllo Pastry with Beef)! Sheets of phyllo are arranged in a tray with a spiced ground beef filling and baked until golden.
Course Main
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword beef, borek, filo, meat, phyllo, pie, Turkey, Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 (9x13 inch) pastry


Ground Beef Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (10 grams) fresh parsley chopped

To assemble:

  • 3/4 cup (180 grams) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 sheets Phyllo/Filo
  • Nigella or sesame seeds for topping


To make the ground beef filling:

  • In a large pan, drizzle olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the ground beef, breaking up into small pieces, and stir until browned and cooked through.
  • Stir in the salt, cumin, paprika, and pepper. Cook for another minute, then remove from heat and stir in the parsley.

To assemble:

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, milk, and egg until smooth. Brush a thin layer over the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch (23x33 cm) baking dish.
  • Place phyllo sheets on work surface and cover with a cloth. Place one sheet of phyllo in the prepared baking dish. Gently brush with the yogurt mixture. Repeat with six phyllo sheets in all, brushing each layer.
  • Spread the cooked ground beef over the prepared phyllo sheets in baking dish. Place a phyllo sheet over the layer of ground beef. Brush with yogurt mixture. Repeat with the remaining phyllo sheets. Brush the top with more yogurt mixture.
  • If desired, top the pastry with a sprinkling of nigella or sesame seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 40-45 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.