Traditional Bosnian Cevapi: A Delicious Grilled Delight

Traditional Bosnian Cevapi Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes + min. 1 hour marinating
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 500g ground beef (20% fat)
  • 500g ground lamb
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sparkling water (optional)


  1. Combine the ground beef and lamb in a large bowl. Mix the meats together using your hands to ensure they are well blended.
  2. Add the minced garlic, chopped onion, paprika, and baking soda to the meat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. If you find the mixture a bit dry, add a tablespoon of sparkling water to give it a juicier texture.
  4. Cover the mixture and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or ideally overnight.
  5. Once marinated, take the meat out of the refrigerator. Wet your hands with some water and start shaping the mixture into small sausage-like shapes, about the size of a finger. This will allow the Cevapi to cook evenly on the grill.
  6. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the Cevapi on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they have a nice char and are cooked through.
  7. Traditionally, Cevapi is served with flatbread, alongside chopped onions, sour cream, and a red pepper sauce called ajvar. However, you can serve them with your favorite sides.


Make sure not to overcrowd the grill as this will steam the Cevapi instead of charring them. They are best enjoyed freshly grilled and hot!

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