Turkey Patties (Kotleti aka Cutlets)

Most of the time, kotleti are made with beef or chicken. Turkey wasn’t a type of meat we enjoyed back in the day in the Soviet Union. Turkey kotleti are great to make during the holiday season since that is when the freshest turkey meat is sold.

Kotlei, also known as “cutlets” are small, individual patties. They are great to serve with a salad and mashed potatoes. They are also great to freeze, for easy weeknight meals.

turkey hamburger

How to make Turkey Kotleti 

Turkey kotleti is an easy recipe and usually made with pantry staple ingredients. Just like with other kotleti recipes, I like to use dark meat. I find that the patties turn out more moist and tender. You can purchase already ground meat, or ground the meat yourself at home.

Other than meat, you will also need a carrot, an onion, and an egg. Also, salt and pepper for seasoning. For frying the kotleti, I like to use light oil, for example, a light extra virgin olive oil.


  • 1 lb ground turkey (dark meat)
  • 1 carrot, thinly grated
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying

turkey meatballs

Thinly grate, blend or shred the onion. 

In a large mixing bowl combine a pound of ground turkey, grated carrot and thinly grated or blended onion, 1 egg yolk, salt and black pepper to season. 

turkey meatballs

Combine the meat mixture well together.

turkey meatballs

To fry the patties by heating up oil in a large skillet on medium heat. 

While the oil is heating up, shape the meat into small balls, and then flatten them to form patties. 

Fry the patties until each side is a golden brown color; about 3-4 minutes per side.

turkey hamburger

Store turkey kotleti in a dish with a lid if you have leftovers. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days.

turkey meatballs

Other kotleti recipes you may enjoy: 

Easy Chicken Hamburger (Kotleti)

Baked Lamb Lulya Kebab

Equipment I Used

Turkey Kotleti

Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: carrot, dinner, green onion, hamburger, kotleti, low calorie, low carb, lunch, main course, olive oil, russian food, side dish, turkey
Servings: 6
Calories: 103kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey dark meat
  • 1 carrot thinly grated
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp pepper or to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying


  • Add the ingredients into a bowl: 1 pound of ground turkey, 1 carrot thinly grated , grind 1/2 onion, 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper. (more or less, according to your taste buds for the salt and pepper.)
  • Mix all well together.
  • Heat 4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in pan on medium heat.
  • Shape meat mix into small balls then flatten them, shaping like a hamburger.
  • Fry until both sides are a nice rich dark brown color.
  • Store in a lid covered dish.
    turkey meatballs


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1761IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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