Indian Spiced Turkey Burgers Recipe

A spicier and healthier take on traditional hamburgers. For firmer patties, make these several hours or the night ahead, wrap them tightly in wax paper and chill.

1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 slice sandwich bread processed to crumbs or torn into small pieces*
3 tbsp mango chutney (such as Major Grey)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white or black pepper
Pinch allspice
1-1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/3 cup finely chopped green onion
6 or 7 hamburger buns
Sliced tomato, lettuce and condiments to serve

Tip: You can substitute 1/2 cup commercial breadcrumbs, but the drier crumbs will result in a mealier patty.


Step 1: With a fork, beat milk and egg together in a large bowl. Mix in bread pieces or crumbs. Add a splash more milk if necessary, to soften bread into a thick paste the texture of cooked oatmeal (do not add too much milk or patties will be too soft to shape). Mix in chutney and spices.

Step 2: Mix ground turkey and green onion into bread mixture. Form into 6 or 7 thick patties. Wrap and chill 2 hours or overnight before grilling or pan-frying.

Step 3: Tuck patties into toasted burger buns and dress to serve.

Nina Teixeira