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Moussaka layers in a pan.

EASY Serbian Ground Beef Potato Moussaka

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course


Moussaka is a casserole-type dish made by layering potato rounds and ground beef, which are then baked together and finished off with an egg, milk and sour cream topping.



Meat layer:

  • 12 tablespoons oil
  • 1 yellow onion (medium, diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 pound ground beef (pork, veal and turkey also work)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Potato layer: 

  • 2 pounds potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/3-inch rounds)
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste


  • 34 eggs
  • 14 ounces sour cream
  • 23 ounces milk
  • 12 tablespoons fresh parsley (minced)


  1. Heat oil in a deep pan over medium. Add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent occasionally stirring. 
  2. Add ground beef and seasonings. Frequently stirring brown the meat lightly. Remove from heat. 
  3. Heat oven to 450°f/ 230°c.  In a larger bowl mix potatoes, oil and salt. Mix well with your hands until all potatoes are covered.
  4. Evenly layer roughly 1/3 of potato rounds into a 9x13 inch pan covering bottom of the pan. Top potatoes with roughly 1/2 of the meat filling and spread evenly. Repeat. Top it off with one more layer of potatoes. (In total you’ll have 3 potato layers and two meat layers in between.)* Place in oven and bake 40 minutes. 
  5. In a large bowl, whisk topping ingredients until integrated.
  6. Take the pan out of the oven and pour the topping evenly over moussaka.
  7. Return moussaka to the oven for additional 20 minutes or until the top gets a golden color.*
  8. Rest for 15-20 minutes before serving. 


Step 4: Moussaka is a forgiving dish, you don't have to follow the recipe too closely. Layers are only an approximation. Moussaka will turn out fine if you have 4 layers of potatoes and 3 of meat. However 3 layers of potatoes and 2 of meat is the minimum. 

Step 5: If at any time moussaka starts to blush too much, cover with foil. You may have to add a few more minutes to baking. 

Nutrition information is a rough estimate. 


  • Serving Size: 1 of 6
  • Calories: 566
  • Sugar: 3.6g
  • Sodium: 143mg
  • Fat: 35.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.8g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 32.1g
  • Cholesterol: 207mg

Keywords: ground beef potato moussaka, Serbian moussaka, easy peasy moussaka