Kotlety - Polish Patties

Monica H


Germans call it Frikadellen, Poles call it Kotlety... let's call the whole thing off and just say YUMMY. My mother makes these often and sometimes in our polish household we have them with a nice mushroom gravy on top. They are something of a cross between a flattened meatball and a small burger patty.

When we were kids my mom would make these as a snack, even; she would put them all on a big plate, leave them out on the counter and they would stay warm, but cool down enough where we could just grab them with our hands and eat them as is.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 4 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 2 large slice
    white bread (or 3 slices regular-size / smaller slices of bread
  • 2
    medium yellow onions
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried parsley

How to Make Kotlety - Polish Patties


  1. Soak the bread in a bowl with a cup or two of cold water..enough to make it moist. Set aside.
  2. Finely dice both onions. Put half of onion in big mixing bowl.
  3. Grab handfuls of wet bread, squeezing out excess water, and add to onion in bowl. Mix all together loosely. Set aside.
  4. Sautee the other half of the onions in 1 Tbs. butter. Add to mixing bowl with the bread.
  5. Add rest of ingredients (except for the oil). Mash together with wet hands.
  6. Form into patties the size of your palm. Fry in pan with the hot oil for about 10 minutes, until juices run clear.

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About Kotlety - Polish Patties

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Polish
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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