This hamburger recipe is perfect for Guys’ Movie Night, exactly the kind of meal you want to pair with gangsters, gunfights, and gore. It’s packed with robust spices—garlic, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and red chilli—which come together seamlessly to create an incredibly savory burger experience. The secret to keeping it juicy is to grate an onion directly into the meat. Topping it all off is a spicy/sweet mango salsa that counterbalances the burger with fresh, tropical flavors.
Living in Manhattan, I don’t have an outdoor grill, so I use a cast-iron skillet or grill pan. But if you’re fortunate enough to be able to cook outside, these burgers would be even more delicious with a hit of smoky charcoal. And if your butcher happens to carry ground lamb, that’s another man-pleasing variation to try.
— Sri Rao
Excerpted from BOLLYWOOD KITCHEN © 2017 by Sri Rao. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Photo by Sidney Bensimon. All rights reserved.
- 1-1/2 pounds ground chuck beef
- 1/2 medium onion grated
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic paste (or minced garlic)
- 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste (or minced ginger)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon Indian red chilli powder or cayenne (use a little more if you want it spicy)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- canola oil
- Toasted hamburger buns, for serving
- 1 cup finely chopped, ripe mangoes (or frozen, thawed)
- 1/2 pint grape tomatoes quartered
- 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Indian green chilli, minced
- Juice of 1/2 to 1 lime, to taste
- Preheat a cast-iron grill pan or skillet over high heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat with the onion, cilantro, garlic and ginger pastes, salt, coriander, red chilli powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Use your hands to work the spices into the meat.
- Divide the meat into 4 equal parts. Form each quarter into a patty. Press down the center of each patty with your thumb to create a dimple (which will flatten when cooked).
- Brush each patty with oil and place on the hot skillet. Cook for 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook the other side over medium-high heat for an additional 4 minutes (for medium-rare) or 6 to 8 minutes (for medium-well).
- Meanwhile, for the salsa, combine all the ingredients for the mango salsa in a mixing bowl. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
- Serve the burgers on toasted buns with all the traditional fixings, plus a generous helping of mango salsa—or, serve the salsa on the side as a refreshing salad.
ray hamilton says
Yes. This was an experience that renewed our love for a GREAT burger. As described on the NPR program, the mango salsa is a real keeper.