Ground Meat Patties (Kotlety Mielone)

Kotlety mielone, or ground meat patties, are a home cooking classic. These are easy to make and are great as left overs so you can make a few days worth of dinner at once woooo! You can also use any kind of ground meat you like, just make sure you get the best quality meat you can find. Using raw grated onion is the way to go here in my humble opinion…the flavor gets evenly distributed, and it’s just the way I’ve always seen it done!

Pair these with cucumber salad, mashed potatoes or kasza gryczana and you have a typical at home Polish dinner. If you want to make more or less, simply adjust ingredients proportionally. This is just a base recipe, so if you want to adjust the spices, you can do that (onion powder, grated garlic, etc. could all be great additions). Leggo.

* Makes 7-9 patties


  • 1 lb (1/2 kg) ground meat
  • 1 medium raw yellow or white onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bread roll or 2 slices of  bread (can be fresh or stale)
  • 1/3 cup of milk or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp hot paprika* (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tsp dried bread crumbs for meat mix
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs for coating
  • oil for frying


Take bread roll or slices of bread and tear up into a few pieces. Add the pieces into a small bowl and soak in milk or water for at least 5 minutes.

Using the coarsest/biggest holes on grater, grate raw onion into a large bowl. Add ground meat, raw egg, salt, pepper, paprika, 3 tsp of dried bread crumbs, and parsley into the bowl.

Once bread has soaked for at least 5 minutes, add the soaked break to larger bowl with meat and mix everything together by hand until everything is evenly distributed.

Coat bottom of a pan with thin layer of oil and heat on medium-high heat.

Pour cup of dried bread crumbs on a plate. Form patties by taking a handful of meat mixture, forming into a ball, adding to the plate of bread crumbs and gently flattening. Cover both sides with bread crumbs.

Put patties (about 3 at a time) on hot pan and cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until each side has nicely browned.

You will need to add fresh oil and heat up before each batch as the patties will soak up most or all of the oil.

Serve hot and enjoy!


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