Serbian Cheese Pie (Burek Sa Sirom)

Burek Cheese Pie

Barbara Rolek

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
218 Calories
15g Fat
13g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 218
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 9g
Calcium 166mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for cheese burek (burek sa sirom), a Balkan savory filo pie that can be filled with cheese, meat or vegetables, is made with Jack and cottage cheeses in a 13x9-inch pan like baklava

There are myriad versions among Serbs, Bulgarians, Bosnians, Macedonians, Greeks, and Turks. The Jack and cottage cheeses in this recipe definitely make it an Americanized version, but delicious nonetheless!


  • 1 pound grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese (undrained, not farmer's cheese)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 pound filo dough (thawed)
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place oven rack in the middle position and heat to 350 F. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

  3. In a large bowl, toss grated Jack cheese with flour. Add undrained cottage cheese and beaten egg and mix thoroughly. Set aside.

  4. Separate filo dough into two piles (about 14 sheets each) and keep covered. Half will go on the bottom of the pan and half will go on top of the filling.

  5. Place 2 sheets of filo dough in prepared pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Add 2 more sheets of filo dough and brush with butter. Continue in this fashion until you've used one pile of filo sheets.

  6. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the filo and to the ends. Begin covering the cheese with the remaining filo, again using 2 sheets at a time and brushing with butter.

  7. Tuck any overhanging filo dough down the sides of the pan and brush entire top with butter. Cut burek into 24 squares and generously brush the entire top with remaining butter.

  8. Bake in the heated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. If the top starts to brown too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue to bake. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • This makes a great luncheon, entrée, brunch or appetizer course that can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • A slice of burek goes great with a glass of cold milk. 
  • Burek freezes well cooked or uncooked.