Kotlet (Persian Cutlet)

Kotlet is a delicious Iranian version of a ground meat patty. This is a kind of dish that can be served warm or cold, plain or with bread, at home or at a picnic. It is the kind of food that moms usually have to hide while cooking cause. Otherwise, half of the patties will be eaten by the kids before serving them on the table.

It is a labor-intensive food since you have to spend the whole cooking time standing in front of the oven and taking care of the patties and flipping them over but trust me, it’s worth the effort. The best Kotlet would be the one that is golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful inside.


kotlet persian cutlet
  • 250 Grams of ground beef
  • 2 large potato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Teaspoon ground garlic *Optional
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Grate potatoes in a large bowl.
  2. Grate onion and add to the bowl.
  3. Add ground beef, turmeric, salt, minced garlic, and black pepper.
  4. Add egg and mix well until it has a consistency like a picture below. If you find that the mixture is too wet, add breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Take a small amount out of the mixture (about 2 tablespoons) and pat it flat into a patty that is not too thick or too thin.
  6. Place the patties gently into the pan. Once you see that the bottom has turned a golden brown where the edges are a rich brown and crispy, flip them over. Add more oil if necessary.
  7. Place a dish with a paper towel in it next to your workstation. When removing the patties from the pan, try to drain as much of the oil as possible, then place them onto the plate and serve.