Chicken burgers

Chicken burgers

Indian Food Made Easy
Vanessa Courtier

Whilst a burger is obviously not of Indian origin, small, succulent chicken burger-like kebabs are often served as appetisers with drinks. For a more substantial snack, they are sometimes wrapped in a huge handkerchief-like thin bread with sliced onions, tomatoes and herb chutney. This recipe just involves a different choice of bread, it works beautifully and the flavours are still Indian. You can leave out the chillies when making them for children and stir them in before cooking up a batch for yourselves. Also, some may still want the taste of ketchup instead of the chutney-flavoured mayo.



Quantity Ingredient
400g chicken mince
6g ginger, peeled and finely chopped
10g garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 small onion, peeled, half finely chopped (for the burgers) and half sliced into rings (for serving)
large handful fresh coriander leaves and stalks, finely chopped
1 heaped teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 slices medium-cut bread, crumbled
1 egg
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-2 green chillies, chopped and seeded, (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus extra for oiling the pan

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
7 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
salt, to taste
1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
4 burger buns, halved
lettuce leaves, shredded
1 beef tomato, sliced


  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the burgers, leaving out the onion rings. Allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mould the mince into four burgers and place on an oiled baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise with the coriander and mint leaves, lemon, salt and pepper. Warm the burger buns in the oven for the final 2 minutes of cooking time.
  4. Place a small handful of the lettuce on the bottom of each bun with the sliced tomato and onion rings and a good dollop of the herbed mayonnaise. Top with the hot burgers and finish off with the top half of the bun.
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