Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger)

Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger)

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
793 Calories
49g Fat
45g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 793
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 774mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 81mg 406%
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1053mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Western influence has made its way to India, and hamburgers are no exception. The meat patty has become a popular food in India, combining the American-style burger with traditional Indian spices. By mixing ground beef or lamb with the classic Indian seasonings of ginger and garlic pastes, coriander, cumin, and garam masala, you take the typical hamburger to a whole new level. By swapping the ketchup and mustard for a mint-coriander chutney, you create a summertime favorite with a deliciously unique flavor profile.

This recipe calls for pan-frying the beef patties, but you can certainly grill them if you prefer. Serve these burger patties with naan bread and cooling raita sauce to keep with more traditional Indian cuisine.


  • 500 grams (1 pound) ground beef or lamb

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste

  • 1 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped

  • 2 medium green chilies, finely chopped

  • 2 slices bread, soaked in water until soft and then crumbled

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • Vegetable, sunflower or canola oil to shallow fry the burger patties

  • 4 burger buns

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for the buns

  • 1/3 cup mint-coriander chutney

  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings

  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger) ingredients

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  2. In a large mixing bowl, place the meat, ginger and garlic pastes, chopped coriander, chopped green chilies, soaked breadcrumbs, spice powders, salt, and lime juice. Mix thoroughly to blend all ingredients.

    Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger) ingredients in a bowl

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  3. Line a plate with parchment paper. Divide meat mixture into 4 portions and form into patties. Place the patties on a lined plate and set aside.

    meat patties on a plate

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  4. Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in a large griddle or frying pan over low to medium heat. When hot, add the patties (do not overcrowd the pan) and cook on both sides until done to your likeness, 3 to 5 minutes a side.

    patties cooking in a skillet

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  5. While the patties are cooking, slice each bun, open and lightly toast on a grill or in a toaster oven. Butter as desired and spread about 1 tablespoon of mint-coriander chutney on each bun.

    buns with butter and sauce

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  6. Place a cooked patty on each bun and add onion and tomato. Season with salt if desired, close the bun and serve right away.

    Desi Indian-Style Burger (Indi-Burger)

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni