November 9, 2012

Tandoori-Style Turkey Burgers

Exotic burgers make dinner fun again. These burgers are nicely seasoned (not overpowering or too spicy) and are such a nice change from a plain old turkey burger. We served them with sweet potato fries. Enjoy!

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (preferable dark meat)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger (from a peeled 2-inch piece)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cucumber, peeled, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise 
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs
Whole Wheat Buns and slices of tomato for serving
Mango chutney, optional

Heat grill or non-stick pan to medium-high. In a medium bowl, place turkey, scallions, ginger, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Gently form mixture into 4 patties.  

Cook patties in preheated grill or pan until opaque throughout, approximately 6-8 minutes per side. Server on whole wheat buns with slices of cucumber, cilantro, and tomato.  For an extra kick top the patties with a dollop of mango chutney. 

Serves 4.

Slightly adapted from:

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