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Polish Hamburgers Recipe - Mielone Kotlety


Polish Hamburgers - Kotlety

Polish Hamburgers - Kotlety

© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Polish hamburgers -- mielone kotlety (literally "ground cutlets") -- was a favorite in my family when I was growing up. While they can be made with any combination of pork, veal or beef, we just used pork and beef.

They can be served as a salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and gravy or as we did -- on rye bread with sliced dill pickles or sweet pickle relish, sliced tomatoes with lots of black pepper, and onions.

Here's a larger picture of Polish hamburgers. These hamburgers taste great the next day as a sandwich for lunch.

Makes 4 to 6 large Polish Hamburgers - Mielone Kotlety

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 slice stale white bread
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4-1/2 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 large slightly beaten egg
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large bowl, soak bread in milk until soft. Add beef, pork, onion, egg, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. If mixture feels too mushy, add 1 to 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs.

  2. Divide meat mixture into 4 to 6 portions and shape into a round or oval hamburger shape. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray and very slowly fry the patties thoroughly (because of the pork) until done. Alternatively, brown the patties on both sides and transfer to a pan with 2 tablespoons water or stock and bake at 325 degrees, uncovered, 30 minutes.

  3. Serve as you would a hamburger or like salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce.
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