Turkish Food – Köfte is King!

Okay, let me haul myself up onto my soapbox and have a bit of a rant about the world of processed food! I’ve developed a bit of a ‘thing’ about processed food over the years and it’s slowly disappearing from our daily diet. I’m not a fan! Judging by what we see and read on a daily basis though, it’s evident that Turkey is becoming a fan.

Let me give you an example. The one processed food just about everyone knows is the burger. They’re big business and are, bizarrely, a fast growing business here in Turkey. Istanbul now has many independent, fashionable burger joints where you can pay around 20 lira(!!) for your processed burger. Fethiye now has branches of two of the most famous burger places in the world. How on earth has a juicy homemade burger become the nonsense we see in fast food places today? Ahh, it beggars belief. I remember going to Wimpy with my mum as a kid and having a burger and it was real and on a plate with real chips and a metal knife and fork. What happened?

Fortunately for us, we do live in Turkey and I said it was bizarre that burgers are such a growing business here because Turkey is the home of köfte, aka ‘the Turkish meatball’…it’s the real burger. There is still hope!

Homemade Köfte

Homemade köfte – better than processed burgers

If you look at menus in Fethiye, a ‘burger’ and ‘köfte ekmeği’ (meatball sandwich) are two completely different meals. You can go to many büfes (small cafes), restaurants or other eating places in Fethiye and order a köfte ekmeği and at exactly the same place, you can order a burger. Your köfte ekmeği will more than likely be a fresh, crusty half bread with a few homemade grilled minced meatballs – real meat – and salad. Order a burger and it’s a completely different kettle of fish, I can tell you. Processed bun and a paper thin processed meat, cereal and I dread to think what else ‘burger’ in the middle and maybe a lettuce leaf or two – a la ‘burgers’ of the well known fast food joints. This is what people want. It’s what ‘burger’ has come to mean to most people.

Well, not for us! Oh no, no, no. As far as we’re concerned, Turkey make the best home made real ‘burgers’ ever. They’re just a bit smaller than you might be used to and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are known as köfte. Yes, we love köfte. Long live home made köfte – the true burger! And guess what tomorrow’s post is going to be…of course, a Turkish köfte recipe.

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  1. It’s like you are sticking a knife in my back with all this burger talk, I had some of those meatballs whilst eating at the Samdam and they burnt like hell, TWICE!!!!!

    I will take you both to a Notts County match when you are over as we only sell home made burgers, pies and sausages now and they are fab, Mmmm mmmm.

  2. I’m not a fan of processed foods either! I’ve become quite the “food snob” when it comes to that 🙂

  3. Yeah, remember that well, Fletch. Bet they weren’t even that spicy! If we do come over, can’t you just bring us the home made burger/pie/sausage and skip the football? 🙂

    Oh, does it make us food snobs if we don’t like processed foods? Ahh well, food snobs we are then! 🙂

  4. penny aka jeroxie says

    I am not fan of processed burgers at all. Not have a Maccas for the last 7 years.

  5. Can’t remember the last time we went to McDonald’s either Penny. I was never a big fan of their burgers anyway. Now I don’t even like the smell when you go past the shop.

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