Palladium(II) and copper(II) complexes with 2-(2,2-dimethylhydrazone) pentanone-4 are synthesized for the first time. The compounds are characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy, elemental and single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. The palladium complex crystallizes in the space group I41/a; the copper complex crystallizes in the space group P1̅. Both compounds are molecular; the palladium chelate core has a distorted square geometry and that of copper has a distorted tetrahedral geometry. The average M–O and M–N bond lengths are respectively 1.9808(15) Å and 2.0427(17) Å for M = Pd, 1.915(8) Å and 1.97(1) Å for M = Cu. The chelate O–M–N angles are 88.32(7)-91.67(7)° for M = Pd, 93.37(4)-99.02(5)° for M = Cu.