Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers


These Indian spiced chicken burgers are juicy, tender, and packed with flavor, thanks to the combination of ground chicken thighs, yogurt, masala spice blend, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, and chiles. This easy, healthy chicken burger recipe is going into our permanent rotation.

An Indian spiced chicken burger, with chutney and red onions on top and a bowl of chutney on the side.

Adapted from Asma Khan | Ammu | Interlink Books, 2022

Chicken burgers often get overlooked because they can be dry and rubbery. That’s certainly not the case with these spicy masala burgers, that are made using ground chicken thighs, yogurt, and egg to keep the patties juicy. You can top them with chutney or red onion, as the author suggests, or if you want to take the heat up another notch, slather on some sriracha mayo.–Angie Zoobkoff

Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers FAQs

Can I make these burgers ahead of time?

Yes – but with a couple of precautions. Because you’re mixing raw chicken and raw egg, there’s potential for bacteria to come into play. If you plan to prep these burgers ahead of time, wrap them really well, store them in the coldest part of your fridge, and be sure to cook the meat within twelve hours.

What is ginger paste?

Ginger paste is simply ginger root that’s been pulverized and blended into a paste. It can be made at home but is also available in jars and tubes in most grocery stores. Garlic paste is the same – but made with garlic, naturally.

How do I make ginger or garlic paste at home?

Use a mini food processor or mortar and pestle to finely grind up either garlic or ginger with a pinch of salt.

Can these burgers be made on the grill or in the oven?

On a traditional grill with grates, no. But, if you’re planning to cook them in a grill-safe skillet using your grill as a heat source, feel free to cook outside. You can also use a Blackstone-type flat top griddle if you’ve got one. The problem with a traditional grated grill is that these patties are very loose and pretty fragile, so they’ll fall right through your grill grates, ruining your dinner.

We also don’t recommend baking these burgers in the oven. They won’t develop the crispy edges that make this burger so excellent.

Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers

An Indian spiced chicken burger, with chutney and red onions on top and a bowl of chutney on the side.

These juicy Indian chicken burgers are made with ground chicken thighs, chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, and spices. They’re easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes.

Asma Khan

Prep 15 mins

Cook 15 mins

Total 30 mins

For the Indian chicken burgers

Make the Indian chicken burgers

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken with all the remaining ingredients (except the oil) and mix well.

  • Oil your hands and divide the mixture into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten to a patty. Each burger should be 3/4-inch (2 cm) high. Cover the patties with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.

  • In a large skillet over high heat, warm the oil. To test that the oil is hot, cut one of the onion slices in half and dip the tip into the oil, it should start to sizzle immediately. If not, heat the oil for a bit longer and check again.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and wait 30 seconds. Working in batches, slip the burger patties in from the edge to prevent the oil from splashing and burning your hand. Do not overload the pan. Fry the burgers in a single layer with enough space for you to turn them safely, until well browned on both sides and cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining burger patties.

Serving: 2burgersCalories: 563kcal (28%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 29g (58%)Fat: 32g (49%)Saturated Fat: 6g (38%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 137mg (46%)Sodium: 559mg (24%)Potassium: 815mg (23%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 408IU (8%)Vitamin C: 11mg (13%)Calcium: 84mg (8%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

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Originally published June 28, 2022

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