Russian Meat Patties (Kotlety)

Russian Meat Patties (Kotlety)
Kotlety are very popular in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Most people eat them at least once a week. Russian kotlety can be made from different ground meat: beef, pork, chicken or even turkey. This recipe is very easy but the patties are very delicious and sure to please everyone! They go really well with mashed potatoes or pasta.


  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (grated)
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • all-purpose flour (for dredging)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Total time:
40 minutes
Yield: 6 patties | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes


1. In a large bowl, mix together bread crumbs and milk. Add ground beef, grated onion, egg and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper (to taste). Mix thoroughly.
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2. With your hands, form meat mixture into flat patties and dredge both sides in flour. You will have about 6 patties, or more if you want them smaller. Let rest a few minutes.
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3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Fry kotleti until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side).
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4. Add water, cover and cook another 15-20 minutes. Serve hot.
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Satisfied a craving I didn't know I had!

Robb Higgins
These were very similar to the kotlety that my Russian neighbor used to make. Very hearty, satisfying, and wholesome. I served mine with scalloped potatoes.

So glad to hear that, Robb! - Alena


So easy to make, and turned out perfectly. I'll definitely make again.

I'm glad you enjoyed these beef kotlety! Thank you for leaving feedback! - Alena


I really love your recipe. Thanks!!

That’s awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed these kotlety!! - Alena

Russian Meat Patties (Kotlety)

Reminds me of my Baba! Easy and oh so wonderful. Thank you.

Glad to hear that the recipe brought some sweet memories for you :) Thank you for your wonderful comment!!


Definitely 5 stars! I have made these twice and love them as does everyone else who has eaten them.

Wonderful Recipe!

These were a huge hit in my home. Only change I made was using onion powder instead of onion because I was out. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow for lunch. I served over mashed potatoes - delicious!!

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