Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe Meat Pie

Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe Meat Pie


Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe

These Finnish meat pies use ground beef, rice, and spices. The dough is flaky with a nice crust when baked. Yummy!


Dough Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups of white flour, more for kneading, enough to be firm but moist. (more for dusting)
1/2 cup melted butter
Meat Filling Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground lean
1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 cup pre-cooked rice (white or brown)


  1. Put rice in a rice cooker to cook, or cook on stovetop.
  2. Cook ground beef and onion together and add salt, pepper, parsley to taste, set aside.
  3. Add cooked rice to the beef and stir well. Set aside while you make dough!
  4. To make dough, first add yeast to warm milk and let sit for around 15 minutes until foamy.
  5. In a mixer, combine yeast/milk mixture, eggs, salt, melted butter, sugar, and add flour a little at a time until dough begins to come together and you can knead.
  6. Knead dough into a large bowl and set aside for 1 hour to rise. Place warm towel over bowl to aid in this process.
  7. After dough has risen, cut out circles of dough (freehand), circles will be roughly 4 inches in diameter.
  8. You can also use a cookie cutter, if you have a large enough one.
  9. Put meat/onion mixture in center of each circle then close up by using your thumbs around the sides.
  10. Use a pastry brush to brush on beaten egg mixture on each pie.
  11. Some recommend letting pies rise again for 1 hour before baking (optional).
  12. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

17 thoughts on “Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe Meat Pie

  1. Deborah

    There was only one problem that i found in this recipe.

    Number 7. After the dough has risen, cut out circles of dough. Do you not need to roll the dough out first,

    then cut into circles?

  2. Anni Saarinen

    Hei! Can these be frozen and heated up later? My aiti used to make these a long time ago, and I can’t

    remember! I miss my mom’s cooking, so have decided to start making my own Finnish food!

    Thank you!

  3. Anni Saarinen

    Sorry I just realized I should have asked if the Lihapiirakka’s can be frozen and heated up later! Same as the other ones with the rice?

    1. Jennifer saarinen

      Hello anni, my name is jennifer saarinen and i would love to learn as you said to try to replicate our parents and grandparents recipes lets share if u would like, my mummu just pasted and me and my aiti no longer speak

  4. Jacy Ruuhala

    Made this for the first time, just a vegetarian version (using soy crumbles instead of ground beef). They came out amazing, and the dough was flaky and delicious!

  5. Jan joki

    Does anyone have a receipe for a dish my husbands aunt made. It’s made with cream or milk, put in a glass dish, covered with a cheese cloth and left to sit out until it soured. I’d like the complete receipe and what it’s called. Thank you for any help.

    1. Sherry Kurin

      Felia is the name. Soured milk. I can get instructions waiting at school for granddaughters. I have made before. It is similar to yogurt cultured milk. Not sure of spelling

    2. Hilkka Herbst

      I think it’s call viili. Not sure but in the morning it has a cream topping and you eat it. It’s similar to yogurt. You have to have a starter for that before you make it.

  6. P.B. Savas

    tasted these at our market. the meat filling had more seasonings than salt and pepper. an interesting taste. any ideas what it or they, could be?

  7. caroline

    Love this recipe, thanks so much! My only comment is that I find the 1/2 cup sugar to be too much, it makes the dough taste too sweet IMO. I only use 2 to 3 tablespoons.

  8. Kim turim

    Thanks will try
    Fillings :
    Potatoes onion

    Kasha n onion

    Br rice n veggies

    Curried cabbage

    Apple cinnamon

    Jap sweet potatoes

    (These are all vegetarian
    I’m trying your dough❤️

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