Mini Hamburgers Recipe - Russian Kotletki

Russian Mini Hamburgers or Kotletki
Russian Mini Hamburgers or Kotletki. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 mini hamburgers (4 servings)

This recipe for Russian mini hamburgers or kotletki is a popular fast-food dish that is eaten for lunch and dinner. In Poland, these are called kotleciki (kawt-let-SEE-kee), which are miniature versions of kotlety. They can be made with any combination of ground meat, but beef and pork are most popular.

Here's a larger photo of Russian mini hamburgers. Grated potato or bread softened in milk can be used as a binder. If using the former, grate 1 medium peeled potato with the onion and skip the bread and milk.

What You'll Need

  • 2 slices white bread (stale)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and grated finely)
  • 12 ounces pork (ground)
  • 12 ounces ground beef (chuck)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (fresh)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Optional: small dill pickles or gherkins
  • Optional: sour cream

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, soak bread in milk until soft and all the milk has been absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl and add grated onion, meats, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Using a small cookie scoop, portion meat into golf-ball-size pieces and flatten slightly. Coat the kotletki in breadcrumbs and let dry for about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil to a depth of 1/4 inch in a large skillet and brown kotletki on medium heat in batches, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, adding more oil, if necessary, and remove to a plate. When all kotletki have been browned, return them to the pan, adding more oil if necessary, cover and cook on low for 10 minutes, until completely done.
  1. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with pickles and sour cream, if desired. Serve with buckwheat groats on the side.