Simple and Traditional Turkey Patties (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.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 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 Patties Kotleti Cutlets

Turkey Kotleti

The simplest turkey kotleti that can be done in one hour! They are the best addition to mashed potatoes and a side salad.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Russian
Servings 6
Calories 103 kcal


  • grater
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • bowl
  • food grinder
  • Skillet
  • Spatula


  • 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.)
    Turkey Patties Kotleti Cutlets
  • Mix all well together.
    Turkey Patties Kotleti Cutlets
  • 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.
    Turkey Patties Kotleti Cutlets
  • Store in a lid covered dish.
    Turkey Patties Kotleti Cutlets


Nutrition Facts
Turkey Kotleti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 823mg36%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1761IU35%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword carrot, dinner, green onion, hamburger, kotleti, low calorie, low carb, lunch, main course, olive oil, russian food, side dish, turkey
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