Another Recipe! Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers

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This recipe for Indian-spiced chicken burgers comes to you from the depths of my Google Reader. I starred it as soon as I saw it appear in Liz’s blog. I’ve been wanting to experiment more with Indian flavors and, well, I love anything with yogurt, so it sounded like a winner.

Ground chicken and I have come a long way since I had no clue what to do with it last year. I do think this recipe (and every recipe) would be better with ground chicken thighs, as the original calls for, but ground chicken breast is a very healthy and still very tasty substitution. They don’t cook very long so there’s no chance of them drying out, and the bold Indian flavors make that bland ol’ chicken breast really sing.  I do admit that I wish I had pan-fried them in a little olive oil for a little extra flavor and a nice crust, though.

This was a really delicious recipe (and a great excuse for me to eat some naan!), and I’ll definitely make it again.  It’s a snap, too. I formed the meatballs (I did more sliders/meatballs than burgers) and made the sauce before an appointment we had so I just had to come home and cook them.

Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers

Adapted from Everyday Food
Serves 4

1 lb. ground chicken breast
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2.5 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 small cucumber, sliced
naan and cilantro (optional) for serving
cumin yogurt sauce (recipe follows)

In a bowl, gently combine the first 8 ingredients. Form into burgers or meatballs and set aside/refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer to combine flavors.

Grill or fry the patties. Place the cucumber and cilantro on the naan, followed by the patties. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce.

Cumin Yogurt Sauce

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or strained yogurt)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Nutritional Information Per Serving (includes burgers, cucumber & fat free yogurt but not naan): Calories: 152 / Fat: 1.5g / Saturated Fat: 0.4g / Carbs: 3.6g / Protein: 29.3g

Another Recipe! Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers

  • Love the flavors here. You know, I haven’t worked with ground chicken. Tturkey yes, but not chicken. These little burgers sound delicious though and I may have to try some soon.

  • This sounds and looks delicious – great job!

  • I love these Elly! So easy as you said and I totally love the ingredients!

  • Liz

    Yours look great! Even though I am insanely full right now, I could totally eat one 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  • ash

    i love the ingredients too! sounds delish! i’m definitely going to try these!

  • I love interesting burger recipes, especially now that I have a George Foreman grill to cook them on. I usually go for turkey burgers, and my favorite so far is a salsa verde burger. This one looks like it might give that one a run for its money though!

  • Very nice. It’s amazing that just with the substitution/addition of a few spices, a simple dish takes on a whole new personality.

  • I am so making this! Goodness this sounds DELISH!

  • Melissa

    I love the flavor combinations, and you can’t go wrong with anything served on naan!

  • Esi

    These sound good! I have some leftover turkey so maybe I can try these with that.

  • I’ve made these, and they’re so good!

  • They are gorgeous on the naan!

  • I made these a while back too and they are amazing!

  • There are some Greek flavours overlapping here and it’s a testament to the parallel universes many cuisines track.

    Awesome plating, right down to the Naan.

  • Yum! I love new, healthy patty recipes. Make for great lunches at work!

  • Those chicken burgers sound tasty!

  • Very nice. I’m always looking for ways to make ground chicken and turkey more flavourful. I like the yogurt sauce too!

  • Samhita

    I just cooked these. Added some turmeric, and hot sauce. Soooo good! Maxed on the stove since I don’t have a grill but the whole thing was so delish!

    • elly

      Glad you liked them! I need to make them again soon.

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