Ukrainian Kotleti (Pork Patties)

Easy recipe for the classic Ukrainian Kotleti (Pork Patties). Juicy and tender ground pork and chicken with seasonings shaped into patties, breaded and fried. Though not your classic meatballs in sauce, these patties are a classic in the Slavic kitchen.

Just like these kotleti (patties), Borscht and Olivier Salad are other classic traditional Ukrainian recipes.

Ukrainian kotleti (patties) in a bowl topped with fresh chopped greens.

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Ukrainian kotleti –

Growing up, my mom always made pork meatballs or what we call kotleti (meatballs). We had a large family and they were affordable and very easy to make and was such comfort food to us. The combination of ground pork with chicken with the seasonings, mayo and egg make for tender and juicy patties that are then breaded and fried. The kotleti are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Pork patties in a bowl with chopped greens.

how to make kotleti (pork patties)-

I love that these kotleti are ready to be served in just under 30 minutes. It’s a great dinner to enjoy when you need a quick dinner or lunch.

  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the patties. Combine the ground pork and chicken, onion, mayo, egg, bread crumbs, garlic and seasonings until well incorporated.
  • Shape the meat into uniform patties.
  • Coat the kotleti generously in the bread crumbs.
  • Fry patties until crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.
  • Enjoy, friends. 🙂

Step by step collage recipe for how to make pork patties (Ukrainian kotleti).

what to serve with kotleti (patties)-

Just like any other meat entree, the meatballs pair well with most sides. Here are some of the most popular sides we enjoy:

Juicy Ukrainian meatballs in a bowl, with two cut in half stacked on top.

If you’ve never tried this combination for meatballs, you are going to love the easy recipe. The juicy kotleti will become a favorite with the kids and adults alike. Please don’t forget to leave us your feedback in the comments below, we love hearing from you.

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Ukrainian Kotleti (Pork Patties)

Ukrainian kotleti (pork patties) filled with ground pork and chicken, mayo, seasoning, onions and garlic. The patties are shaped, breaded and fried.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: meatballs
Servings: 24 patties
Calories: 114kcal


kotleti (patties)-

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 bread crumbs (plain or Italian)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Vegeta (Mrs. Dash or Lawry’s seasoning)
  • 2 tsp milk
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper



  • Add all of the ingredients for the patties into a mixing bowl. Grate onion on the smallest side of the protruding holes on the grater.
  • Shape patties into oval like shapes. (If you work with wet hands, the meat will not stick to hands as they are shaped.)
  • Add the ½ cup bread crumbs to a large bowl. Once patties are shaped, coat the patties in the bread crumbs.
  • Cover the bottom of a large skillet or pan with oil. Once oil is hot, fry the patties 4-5 minutes per side over med/high heat until fully cooked inside.
  • Enjoy, friends!
Nutrition Facts
Ukrainian Kotleti (Pork Patties)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published on June 2015 and updated with new photos in June 2019.

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  • Ms. G 10/07/2019, 1:14 pm Link Reply

    I made them with beef and chicken in different proportions because that’s what I had on hand. I used gluten-free breadcrumbs and instead of the seasoning (never heard about it) a little bit of gluten-free bouillon powder.
    I cooked them in batches in the air fryer (after dazzling olive oil on top) for 10 minutes at 200C. Like that I don’t have to mind a hot pan and the clean up is minimal since they don’t stick.
    Thank you for the recipe

    • Valentina's Corner 10/08/2019, 3:08 pm Link Reply

      Sounds delicious, Ms. G. What a great twist using an air fryer! I would have never thought to do that, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Yuliya Mikhalyuk 09/12/2019, 10:48 pm Link Reply

    I just made these and they are great! They came out juicy even though I cooked them a little too hot (I need a new skillet). I will definitely make again when my husband wants kotleti.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/13/2019, 9:27 am Link Reply

      That just makes me so happy, Yuliya. Thank you for giving our recipe a try and for visiting our online home. I hope you find something else to try on here. 🙂

  • Irina 09/10/2019, 5:58 pm Link Reply

    These turned out really good!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/10/2019, 6:44 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Irina. So glad to hear that! 🙂

  • Olga 06/25/2019, 12:26 am Link Reply

    Hmm mine turned out very runny, I think due to too much mayo. I’ve only heard of 1 tbsp of mayo and milk. I’ll have to try them again!

    • Valentina's Corner 06/25/2019, 10:35 am Link Reply

      Olga, there is 2 pounds of meat in this recipe, that’s why there’s more mayo than normal. What do you mean by runny? The mixture is supposed to be really soft, that’s what gives it the juiciness when it cooks. (It also depends on what kind of meat you used, you can try adding less mayo and milk next time.) 🙂 Sorry it didn’t turn out for you.

  • Marina 06/13/2019, 1:23 pm Link Reply

    What can I use instead of mayo?

    • Valentina's Corner 06/13/2019, 6:35 pm Link Reply

      You can just leave it out completely, if you’d like, Marina.

  • Bobro Miron Juravič 03/16/2018, 4:46 am Link Reply

    My aunt Marushka always used beef, not pork and chicken. Making kotleti today.

    • admin 03/16/2018, 11:49 pm Link Reply

      How did your kotleti turnout? What did you make yours with, Bobro?

  • Mariana 12/11/2017, 5:59 am Link Reply

    These are the BEST meatballs I ever ate!!

    • admin 12/11/2017, 10:04 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Mariana. So happy to hear that.

  • Nina 11/14/2016, 6:56 am Link Reply

    My picky 3yr old loveeed it, he kept saying more more” 🙂 Could you please make macaroni and cheese? I tried before and my sauce was not good:(
    Thanks again!

    • admin 11/15/2016, 12:17 pm Link Reply

      Nina, Awww, I love hearing that. Thank you SO much for sharing, bless his little heart <3
      Thanks for the idea of macaroni and cheese, I will add that to my recipe ideas:). Thank you for visiting.

  • Mercede 02/14/2016, 11:40 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for sharing this great kotleti recipe. My daughter is sensitive to wheat and gluten, so instead of the bread crumbs, I used equal parts instant potato flakes and ground Corn Flake crumbs, which they are selling now packaged as breading. For the breading, I combined these two things with some Italian seasoning, parsley, and a little salt. These turned out delicious and I don’t think anyone would know they were not made with bread crumbs. My family loved these, and we will be making them regularly! Thanks for your great recipes and for sharing your culture with us.

    • admin 02/15/2016, 1:08 pm Link Reply

      Mercedes, I absolutely love your substitute and will definitely be trying that next time. Thank you for sharing! We’re so happy to share our recipes and so glad others enjoy them as well. Be blessed:)..

  • Kotletu is one of the favorite thing in my house. I make them the same way too. Love the addition of mayo it gives them flavor and makes them so juicy at the same time.

    • admin 06/16/2015, 12:43 am Link Reply

      Really? That’s awesome. Here I thought our family was the only one with this Mayo secret;)…

  • Sonya L. 06/13/2015, 2:51 pm Link Reply

    Valichka, Mm. Never tried them with pork/chicken. Going to have them for dinner Monday. I love your prepping everything early in day. I need to change to that. So like do u do ur mashed potatoes early too and salad?. Thank u…:)

    • admin 06/16/2015, 12:42 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Sonya! 🙂

      • Kimberly 04/11/2018, 12:19 am Link

        Smart lady. I always had everything prepared early as well.

      • admin 04/11/2018, 1:51 pm Link

        Best way to go about the day;)..

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