Polish Meat Patties {Kotlety Mielone}

Kotlety mielone [coht-let-y mye-loh-neh] are a Polish staple. I’m willing to bet a paycheck on the fact, that there is not ONE Polish family that doesn’t cook and eat them regularly. Mixture of minced meat, readily available, quick to prepare, makes it a favorite if you’re looking for a dinner that’s ready in no time, favored by the kids and is not heavy on the wallet.

Meat mixture depends on preference, pork and beef is typical. You can purchase packaged mixture, no mincing needed. Some people like veal or chicken, or a mixture of the two, no wrong way to go here. Here in the US, we can buy a mixture called “meatloaf mix”, that consist of pork, beef and veal. Perfect.

Patties are savory, soft and mild tasting. Unlike meatballs {pulpety}, they’re pan-fried, not stewed.

Polish Meat Patties {Kotlety Mielone}

  • Yields: 10 patties
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min


  • About 1 lb / 500g of ground meat mixture (port, beef & veal or beef & turkey)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tbs of butter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbs of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs of breadcrumbs


  1. Wash and peel the carrot, slice and boil until soft (or if you have one leftover from Sunday rosół, use that one, just mash with a fork). When carrot is soft, mash with a fork and set aside. Dice onion and sauté in butter until golden brown.

  2. Place all ingredients (including carrot and sautéed onion) in a mixing bowl and mix until combined.

  3. When ready to form meat patties, wet your hands (meat won't stick) and grab even amounts of meat and roll into a ball (I like to use a 1/3 cup ice-cream scoop for this, but that's quite small for most, so consider making them larger). Once a ball is formed, flatten the ball to create a patty.

  4. Heat a couple of tablespoons of grease in a frying pan and place patties in the pan. Brown over medium heat for about 5 min each side, until cooked through.

  5. Serve hot.


Any leftover patties can be sliced and eaten on a sandwich.

Serve with a side of boiled potatoes garnished with a bit of butter and parsley, and a side of a favorite Polish salad.

Enjoy and smacznego!