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Shared by Anna Kharzeeva

Kotlety (Russian Beef Patties)

Yield: 8 to 10 pattiesTime: 30 min

Kotlety (Russian Beef Patties)

Yield: 8 to 10 pattiesTime: 30 min

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This recipe was shared by Anna Kharzeeva. Read more about her family in "The Babushka Who Carried Meals Across Moscow" and try her recipes for Biskvit (Orange Sponge Cake), Sauerkraut, and Vinaigrette (Russian Chopped Salad).


  • 3 slices of white bread, crust removed and soaked in water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small russet potato, peeled and grated
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons bread crumbs


  • Step 1

    Drain the soaked bread and add to a medium mixing bowl. Add in the ground beef, potato, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Mix until combined well.

  • Step 2

    Form the mixture into 8 patties, about 3 to 4 inches wide and about ¾ inch thick. Transfer the patties to a plate. Pour the breadcrumbs into a separate shallow bowl.

  • Step 3

    Heat a large skillet with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches of 2 to 3 patties at a time, coat the patties in breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side.

  • Step 4

    Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve warm.