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.

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)

Author: Valentina
5 from 10 votes
Ukrainian kotleti (pork patties) filled with ground pork and chicken, mayo, seasoning, onions and garlic. The patties are shaped, breaded and fried.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 patties


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!


114kcal Calories2g Carbs7g Protein8g Fat3g Saturated Fat41mg Cholesterol136mg Sodium166mg Potassium55IU Vitamin A0.5mg Vitamin C10mg Calcium0.5mg Iron
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.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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