burekas (buh-REH-kahs) listen


  • n. A Turkish pastry filled with potatoes, other vegetables, and sometimes cheese.

Example Sentences

  • "My Bubbe makes the best burekas."

  • "Two burekes with spinach, please, and four with cheese." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Ladino
  • Modern Hebrew


  • Turkish > L בוריקה boreka, בוריקאס borekas > MH בּוּרֶקָס⁩ burékas

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      burekahs, borekas, borekahs, burekes, borekes, burekas, bureke


  • Hebrew singular: 'burekas'
    plural: 'burekas'

    Not to be confused with בורעקעס búrekes 'beets' in Yiddish.

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