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Sigara Böreği (Turkish Cheese Rolls) Recipe

Sigara böreği - also known on many Turkish menus as 'cheese rolls' - make a great addition to the meze table as well as the traditional Turkish breakfast table. Make this famous börek when you have friends for dinner and they are guaranteed to be impressed.
Course Börek
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 130kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


For The Börek Cases

  • 3 sheets fresh yufka or the equivalent in phyllo pastry
  • 1 egg beaten together with a splash of milk
  • sunflower oil for deep frying

For The Börek Cheese Filling

  • 300 g börek cheese crumbled feta cheese can be a substitute
  • 1 medium red onion very finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum pepper deseeded & very finely chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ bunch flat leaf parsley very finely chopped


For The Börek Cases

  • On a hard, flat surface, take one sheet of yufka and fold it in half.
  • Have the straight flat side facing away from you.
  • With a sharp knife, start around 4 inches in from the top left and cut diagonally downwards to the bottom left to make a triangle.
  • Now go back to the top point and cut down diagonally to the right so that you have a curved triangular base, again, of around 4 inches.
  • Keep going until you reach the end of your yufka sheet and you have a series of triangles of roughly similar sizes (they don't need to be exact).
  • Separate your yufka triangles and cover with a plastic bag or damp cloth so they don't dry out.

For The Börek Cheese Filling

  • Take all of your ingredients and mix them together, thoroughly, in a bowl.

How To Make Sigara Böreği (Cheese Rolls)

  • Take your first yufka triangle and place it on a hard flat surface, pointed end facing away from you.
  • Place one heaped teaspoonful of your cheese mixture about 1 inch above the wide end of your triangle.
  • Arrange the cheese mixture into a thin line, leaving a small gap at each side.
  • Brush the top part of the triangle with your egg mixture.
  • Fold the wide end over your cheese mixture.
  • Now fold in the edges at each side so your filling is encased.
  • Roll the yufka until you get to the top point of your triangle.
  • Keep doing this until you have used up all of your yufka or filling.
  • Take a pan for deep frying and heat your sunflower oil.
  • Fry your sigara böreği in batches for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove & leave to drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve hot as a meze or with Turkish breakfast


  • Your quantities will make roughly 30 sigara böreği. This can be fewer or more in number depending on how many yufka triangles you make and how much filling you place in each cheese roll.
  • Calorie count is meant as a rough guide and is based on one cheese roll.
  • Cheese rolls can be eaten cold, too, but they are best served hot.
  • Your uncooked cheese rolls will keep in the fridge for a couple of days if you don't eat them all at once.
  • You can also freeze sigara böreği and cook straight from frozen.
  • Sigara böreği can be oven-baked but the traditional way to cook them is to deep fry them.