Indian-Spiced Burgers & Cumin Yogurt Sauce

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I love (I mean, LOVE) turkey burgers. My husband and I were talking about our love for turkey burgers just the other day. We decided that we don't just like them because they're a little bit better for you than hamburgers, but we like them because we just enjoy the taste. Seriously, so good. I look at turkey burgers as a blank slate - an open canvass that is waiting to be painted...with toppings & spices. Cheesy analogy? I thought so too. 

Okay, so I've made these delicious turkey burgers (mushroom blue cheese burgers) numerous times. They are Please try them! And then after you thank me for posting such a fabulous turkey burger recipe, go ahead and try THIS one: Indian-Spiced Turkey Burgers. You'll love me forever, I promise you that! Oh, and the yogurt sauce. It's a perfect, refreshing, cool compliment to the spicy burgers. Yum!

Source: Cooking in Cucamonga, adapted from Martha Stewart's Great Food Fast

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or chicken
4 green onions, thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom - I omitted this, as I didn't have it
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 a cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

Prepare your grill for medium-high heat. (Or turn on your Foreman!)

In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, green onions, ginger, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Set aside to marinate for 10-30 minutes.

Form the meat into patties to the size of your liking. Try to keep the thickness to about 3/4 of an inch.

Grill the patties until cooked through (165 degrees internal temperature), about 3-4 minutes per side. About 2 minutes before the meat is done.
Top with cucumbers and drizzle with cumin yogurt sauce (see below). Serve on a bun, in a pita, or just enjoy it as is!

Cumin Yogurt Sauce

1 container (about 3/4 of a cup) low-fat plain yogurt - I used Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
dash paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve with Indian-spiced burgers.


  1. Love the title of your blog! These burgers look really good, I'm totally on an Indian food kick these days and love the yogurt sauce addition as a topping. Yummmm.

  2. Thanks! I keep up with your blog through my Google Reader - always look forward to your updates! :)

  3. Liz and I made these last night! Delicious, my dear!


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