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Indian-ish Turkey Burger

This turkey burger brings you moisture from fresh herbs and flavor from simple spices that will make you forget all those dry, flavorless turkey burgers you’ve had. Dress them up or down. So good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian-ish
Keyword Appetizer, Burger, Chicken, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Entertaining, Freezer Friendly, Gluten-free, Grilled, Ground Meat, Indian-ish, Low Carb, Non-vegetarian, Pork, Quick, Stovetop, Turkey, Weeknight
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450kcal



  • 1 pound ground turkey ~ Ideally dark meat, or ground chicken or pork
  • 1/2 cup onion ~ Finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala ~ Or your favorite curry blend
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri ground red chili ~ Or 1/2 tsp cayenne; substitutions
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste ~ Or 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic and ginger each
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce ~ Optional
  • 1/2 cup cilantro ~ Chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves ~ Chopped, more to taste
  • 1 large egg ~ Optional, see Notes below
  • 1 teaspoon sea or table salt ~ Or at least 1 1/2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil ~ Divided for burger & optional buns
  • 4 burger buns ~ Optional

Simple Cabbage Slaw - Optional

  • 3 cups green or red cabbage ~ Thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 scallions, green part ~ Thinly sliced or 1 tablespoon red onion minced
  • salt and pepper ~ To taste

Sam's Simple Burger Sauce - Optional

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle ~ Chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dill pickle liquid
  • salt and pepper ~ To taste



  • Gather all the burger ingredients.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger - All the ingredients gathered.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. If you would like to double-check the seasonings, fry a small amount of the meat to taste.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger all the turkey burger ingredients in a bowl ready for mixing with impeccably clean hands.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape the burgers.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger - All the ingredients mixed together and ready to be made into patties.
  • In a large frying pan over medium to medium-high heat cook the burgers. You are wanting a nice sizzle when your burger hits the pan. But be careful, if the heat is too high the tender meat will burn on the outside before it cooks on the inside. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes. Check doneness using an instant-read thermometer and look for 165°F (75°C).
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger raw patties beginning their cooking in a large frying pan.
  • While the meat is cooking, toast the buns using ghee or butter, if you are using bread. Also, see Notes below on a low-carb option.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger buns beautifully toasted in butter.
  • Serve hot with chips and/or a salad. See some garnishing ideas below.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger serve with masala chips and sandwiched with a big slice of tomato, a simple slaw, and a generous drizzle of Sam's burger sauce between toasted buns.

Cabbage Slaw - Optional

  • Mix all the ingredients together and set aside. If you are not using buns, double to this slaw recipe and use as a bed for the burger.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger with a simple cabbage slaw

Sam's Simple Burger Sauce - Optional

  • Mix all the ingredients together and taste for salt and pepper.

Garnish as You Wish

  • Here are my favorites: caramelized onions, green chutney, Sam's burger sauce, tomato, lettuce, masala potato chips, and cabbage slaw.
    Indian-ish Turkey Burger - Saucing and accompaniment options.


  • Heat? If you want a decent amount of heat, finely mince a green chili or two and mix in.
  • Toasting the buns is optional but it makes a big difference with this their buttery, crispy edges.
  • This mixture makes a perfect appetizer. Shape small patties and serve with your favorite chutney. You could also tuck them into little slider buns for additional cuteness.
  • If you are not eating eggs, add a quarter cup of thick yogurt as a substitute, or skip both. I forgot the egg the first I made these turkey burgers and they were fine.
  • If gluten-free, serve the turkey burger on a bed of the simple cabbage salad recipe I’ve included above, or any other salad situation you love.
  • If you are able to grill, grilling these burgers would add additional flavor.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 4mg