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Sarıyer Böreği

Total Time: 1 HR 30 MIN Makes: 8 pieces
Prep Time: 40 MIN Cook Time: 20 MIN Additional Time: 30 MIN

This traditional Turkish pastry originated in Istanbul and is made with layers of dough and a filling made of minced meat, onions, and spices. The filling is layered between sheets of phyllo dough, and the entire pastry is baked until it is golden brown and crispy. Sarıyer Böreği is typically served as an appetizer or as a snack with tea or coffee. Recipe and photo by food photographer Esra Mese (@charmerkitchen).

  • 1 package Athens® Phyllo Dough (9” x 14”), thawed
  • 12 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Thaw two rolls of phyllo, following thawing instructions on package. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, stirring to crumble, for about 8-10 minutes.

Add the chopped onions and butter and continue cooking until the onions become soft.

Add salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet and stir well. Turn off the heat and let it cool slightly.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and set it aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, and milk. Unroll and cover phyllo sheets with plastic wrap, then a slightly damp towel to prevent drying out. Lay one sheet of phyllo on the work surface. Brush with butter mixture. Repeat with 3 more sheets for a total of 4 sheets. Do not brush the top of the latest layer. Add 3-4 tablespoons of filling along to the long side and roll it up. Bring two edges side to side.

Place the rolled phyllo on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of the pastry with vegetable oil and bake at 375ºF for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Serving size: 1 piece, Amount per serving: Calories 253, Total Fat – 18g, Saturated Fat – 4g, Trans Fat – 0g, Cholesterol – 220mg, Sodium – 440mg, Dietary Fiber – 15.g, Total Carbohydrate – 17g, Total Sugars – 3.4g, Protein – 17g, Vitamin A – 112IU, Vitamin C – 9mg, Calcium – 15mg, Iron – 1.2mg