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.