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!
- 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
- 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.
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.
Divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape the burgers.
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).
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.
Serve hot with chips and/or a salad. See some garnishing ideas below.
Sam's Simple Burger Sauce - Optional
Garnish as You Wish
Here are my favorites: caramelized onions, green chutney, Sam's burger sauce, tomato, lettuce, masala potato chips, and cabbage slaw.
- 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