Kotleti are Russian Meat Patties that are pan fried and sometimes steamed. A classic recipe in most Slavic homes!  

Kotleti-Croquettes Recipe (Котлеты)

I wanted to share this version of kotleti as the Ritz crackers make a wonderful substitute for the bread in most recipes. I highly recommend steaming them for extra juiciness. And of course thanks to my mother, who is a fantastic cook, and passed this meat patty recipe down!


Kotleti Recipe (Russian Meat Patties)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 13 People
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Kotleti are Russian Meat Patties that are pan fried and sometimes steamed. A classic in most Slavic homes!  


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 sleeves ritz crackers
  • 1 onion Grated
  • 10 garlic cloves Crushed
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable oil For frying


  • Crush crackers with milk. Set aside.
  • Combine all the ingredients, except for the bread crumbs and frying oil.
  • Form into 2 inch balls and flatten then dip into the reserved bread crumbs.
  • Fry until golden brown on each side over medium-high heat.
  • Place 1/2 cup of water and patties into a baking dish and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.


If meat patties have been seared long enough to cook through on each side, baking is optional. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 21gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 735mgPotassium: 376mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 2.9mg


What is Kotleti?

Kotleti are like croquettes. They are the Russian and Ukrainian way of making meat patties.

How are Kotleti (Котлеты) made?

Kotleti are meat patties, typically made from ground beef or pork. Commonly used ingredients are ground meat, soaked bread, spices and occasionally an egg or raw grated onion. Ideally, the mixture gets formed into patties then pan-fried.

I don’t have Ritz Crackers can I use Bread?

Yes! Bread, bread crumbs, crackers and even oatmeal can be used as the bread agent in most meat patty recipes!

Do I have to bake Kotleti?

Not if keep them long enough to cook thoroughly on the skillet. Baking works as steaming the patties which is better than just pan-searing.


  1. After pan-frying patties, transfer to a baking dish and pour 1/2 cup of water then bake covered for super fluffy meat patties!
  2. Use white bread to substitute crackers.
  3. Make it gluten free by using oatmeal as the binding ingredient for bread!
  4. Add an egg if making gluten free.

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    • Tania

    Looks so delicious!! I’m going to use this recipe. Great job

      • alyonamade

      Thank you Tania! Let me know how they came out I would love to know!

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