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Russian Burgers (Kotlety)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"These Russian kotlety are very easy and versatile. I usually add whatever's on hand to give the burgers a little something extra: a little oregano, thyme, herbes de Provence, etc... or go with some paprika and a little ancho chile powder. These are just some suggestions and can be altered to taste or completely left out."
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35 m servings 455
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Combine pork, onion, garlic, and egg in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add water a little at a time, stirring until pork mixture absorbs it and reaches the consistency of sour cream.
  2. Pour bread crumbs onto a plate. Scoop up medium-sized balls of the pork mixture with a tablespoon and drop into the bread crumbs; flip to coat both sides.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry patties, in batches if necessary, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If needed, you can add some bread crumbs to the pork mixture to help it thicken up or to help with the stickiness.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 455 calories; 29.2 21.4 25.5 120 314 Full nutrition

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These are like the Russian patties my mom made in the 50’s. I use half beef (or substitute ground turkey for the beef) and make a paste out of white bread and milk that I add to the meat along w...