In Russian, the name of these delicious patties is “kotleti.”

In Russian, the name of these delicious patties is “kotleti.”

Delicious Russian-Style Pan Fried Hamburger Recipe

I find most hamburgers to be somewhat bland generally. Perhaps this is just a personal taste, but they are harsh, solid chunks of meat, without the grace and the beauty of a steak, nor containing the host of different flavors which other beef dishes can accompany with them. It is exceedingly rare for me to make hamburgers; as a result, opting instead for more elegant and satisfying, if admittedly more complicated dishes.

This hamburger recipe, however, puts the shame to regular hamburgers, with a much more delicate, soft, and succulent blend of meat, with a delectable variety of herbs and spices, as well as onion, which is added in and which gives it a much more complete, delicate, and appetizing flavor. Afterward, when pan-fried, it produces an even more wonderful burger, one which is further improved as butter seeps into it and gives it a rich flavor. Although it takes some time to prepare, the result is well worth it.


  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 medium-sized onion, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • dry bread crumbs, for rolling hamburger buns
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 slices white bread, (or hamburger bun, not the full pair)
  • hamburger buns, (optional but probably preferred in the American style)
  • accoutrements, such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheese (optional)
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