Beef fritters make a great appetizer or h'ordeuvres. It can make a meal on its own too. The ones served as appetizers are usually round and served with some type of sauce. Whereas the ones made as a meal tend to be larger and more filling with side dishes. Some people even make vegetarian or vegan versions by substituting veggies or tofu for the beef.
Beef fritters remind me of a Middle Eastern food that's basically a large fried bulgur wheat ball with a ground beef filling. There is a similar fried fritter in India made with mashed potato on the outside and ground beef on the inside.