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Grilled Rissole Recipe

Grilled Rissoles

In Australia (and New Zealand), rissoles are made of ground lamb or beef. Think of them as Australia’s version of a patty shaped kofta, seasoned with a slightly smoky barbecue rub, then grilled. They are smaller than burger patties, and best served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy.
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Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Australian, Fusion
Keyword: Australian BBQ, Australian food, Australian rissoles, grilled rissoles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 pounds ground beef or lamb, if preferred
  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Pitmaster BBQ Rub or your favorite commercial rub
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste optional


  • Preheat grill for medium high heat
  • Place ground beef in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Gently combine, but do not overmix the ground meat. Form mixture into 8-12 equal sized patties.
  • Cook rissoles for 3-4 minutes, turn and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, based on size. Once the rissoles reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, they are done. Check internal temperature of multiple patties before removing them from the grill.
  • Suggested plating: 2 rissoles per person, served with mashed potatoes, brown gravy and grilled vegetables.


Things to consider with this recipe:
Size: If you are unfamiliar with rissoles, and you need a size guide, think of slider patties. Ideally they should be that size, but you can certainly make as big as a regular burger patty!
Substitutions: This recipe works well with ground pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey. Be aware that all ground meats must be cooked to 165 degrees F. While I haven’t tried beef substitutes with this recipe, I’m confident that ground “beef” products would work just fine. If you try a vegan version of these grilled rissoles, please leave a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.
Cooking Method: No, you don’t have to grill these rissoles. You can bake, fry, or cook them (in batches) in an air fryer. Be prepared to adjust your cook times, and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
Additions: Try a little chopped up pine nuts or walnuts in the patties. Not too much, maybe ¼ cup. You can also add a seeded and minced jalapeno for a spicier touch. 


Serving: 5servings | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 4mg