These quintessential boiled meat dumplings are considered the national cuisine of Georgia.
Typical Filling: Pork and beef.
Recipe: Traditional Khinkali
21. Char Siu Bao
This dim sum standby is like a Cantonese barbecue feast tucked away in a doughy bun.
Typical Filling: Barbecued pork.
Recipe: Steamed Char Siu Bao
These savory Oktoberfest favorites are also a comfort food tradition in middle America.
Typical Filling: Beef and cabbage.
Recipe: Nebraska Beef Buns
These little cheese-filled triangles are crispy packets of gooey goodness.
Typical Filling: Cheese
Recipe: Tiropitakia Greek Phyllo Triangles
Typical Filling: Kimchi
Recipe: Korean Kimchi Dumplings
These hearty mashed potato dumplings stuffed with sweetly seasoned bacon filling, are a specialty of Oland, an island off the southern coast of Sweden.
Typical Filling: Bacon, veggies.
Recipe: Swedish Potato Dumpling Stuffed With Bacon & Onion
Looks like the love child of tortellini and a pierogi, and tastes as good as that sounds.
Typical Filling: Beef and/or potato.
Recipe: Russian Meat Dumplings
The OG of savory hand pies, these meat pockets are fit for a king.
Country: Great Britain
Typical Filling: Lamp, chicken, veggies.
Recipe: Spicy Cornish Pasty
These soft cornmeal roll-ups are not unlike tamales, baked in banana leaves and filled with deliciously spiced meat.
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Typical Filling: Beef, pork, and/or veggies.
Recipe: Cornmeal & Meat Pastelles
13. Papas Rellena
While potatoes usually star as the filling, these dumplings would rather stuff the potato full of delicious ground meat instead.
Typical Filling: Spiced meat.
Recipe: Papas Rellenas
These über meaty pockets are best served in warm broth as the ultimate comfort food.
Typical Filling: Pork, beef, veal, AND bacon.
Also what usually comes to mind when we think ‘dumplings,’ these bad boys are awesome boiled or pan-fried.
Typical Filling: Pork, cabbage, veggies.
Recipe: Pork And Chinese Cabbage Jiaozi
These are very thin dumplings bursting with juicy, meat and savory veggies.
Typical Filling: Meat and veggies
Recipe: Mushroom Momo
Made with awesome starchy, sticky, corn-based masa, tamales are like meat-filled pillows of joy.
Typical Filling: Beef, pork, cheese.
Recipe: How To Make Beef Tamales
Heavy on the dough and potato, these little balls of joy are carb heaven.
Region: Eastern Europe
Typical Filling: Potato and veggies.
Recipe: Mini Potato & Chard Knishes
These dumplings are known for being super versatile and super doughy.
Typical Filling: Potato
Recipe: Potato, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pierogi
These are the pan-fried potstickers that usually come to mind when you’re craving dumplings.
Typical Filling: Pork, mushrooms, and cabbage.
Recipe: Pan-Fried Chili Pork & Cabbage Gyoza
These Brazilian street food staples are stuffed with shredded chicken and deep-fried to perfection.
Typical Filling: Chicken
Recipe: Brazilian Chicken Coxinhas Croquettes
These are usually packed with potatoes and taste like a glorious mashup of french fries and dumplings.
Typical Filling: Potato or veggies.
Recipe: Aloo Samosa
Hands down the best pasta in all the land.
Typical Filling: Ricotta cheese, soft veggies, and/or meat.
Recipe: Homemade Ravioli With Nettles And Fresh Ricotta
These savory fried hand pies are spicy, juicy and crispy all at once.
Region: South America
Typical Filling: Ground or shredded meat.
Recipe: Spiced Turkey Empanadas
1. Xiao Long Bao
Soup dumplings are probably the best thing to happen to the world, ever. The secret? Gelatin!
Typical Filling: Meat and delicious broth
Recipe: Steamed Shanghai Soup Dumplings