There was this new fancy “American” burger place that just opened up in town. It was quite a drive away from my college but everyone in college was raving about it. Not just the people who got to try it but also the ones who never even stepped inside the place. We were a group of 5 close friends who had to try every new place in town. So we were kinda set back by the fact the we had not eaten at this new fancy “American” place yet. That needed to be changed so we set sail!
For the first time we had to stand in line for an hour and half before we got to get inside. If that had happened today, I’d be bummed by the wait but somehow, at the time, a long wait meant something exciting! I mean the place gotta be awesome if people are standing outside for hours just to get in, right? We finally got in and I remember thinking, “this is cool!”. Large room covered in shades of red, green and yellow beaming from techno lights. The place was stuffed with people, mostly standing and Pearl Jam and Nirvana were filling the air. All of us ordered whatever sounded interesting to us. I ordered a BBQ Chicken Burger. That burger blew my mind and the rest of the gang seemed blown away too. The place soon became our favorite hang out place.
That was when I had my first “American” burger. Its another thing that after moving to the US and eating a real “American” BBQ chicken burger, I realized that that burger was definitely not American. And I am pretty sure they had sneaked in some Garam Masala and coriander in there too! But still, that burger holds a special place.
So today, while making a burger for you, I thought I’ll sneak some “Indian” in there too! With a healthy turkey burger patty (being loyal to my favorite burger place, I sneaked in some coriander seeds), I made a cooling cumin and mint yogurt sauce with a punch from cloves. I loved how just a little bit of cloves just fill your mouth here. Try the recipe and let me know what you think!
Ingredients: Makes 4 medium burgers
For Burger Patty:
1/2 lbs turkey (ground)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1 teaspoon coriander seeds (coarsely crushed)
1/2 cup sun dried tomato (chopped)
Salt to taste
1/2 cup hung yogurt (you can also use greek yogurt)
1 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
8-10 mint leaves
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon cloves powder
4 medium burger rolls
Greens- Any choice of lettuce, baby spinach, arugula or clover sprouts
Sliced heirloom tomatoes
Sliced red onion
1 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil for brushing
Bring ingredients of burger patty together in a bowl. Mix well using spatula or hand. Divide into 4 equal parts.
Take one part in hand. Using both hands roll into a ball. Press between palms to make a flat 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick patties. Pop in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high.
Lightly grease the grill pan. Cook patties both sides until done, about 3 minutes.
Pound mint leaves in mortar and pestle.
Whisk ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside for later.
Brush the cut sides of rolls with oil. Place on hot grill. Lightly toast for 30 seconds.
Spread bottom roll half with yogurt sauce followed by burger patty then some some more sauce if wanted. Place tomato, onion and greens topped by the top roll half.
Serve with a side of chips, spicy sweet potato fries or coleslaw.
Oh, and do not forget that bottle of chilled beer to enjoy a summer meal!
Food Styling by Prerna Singh
Photography by Abhishek Singh
Good read. The food must have tasted amazing for the people to be so willing to wait for more than an hour. Thanks for sharing.
I love that you added the yogurt sauce to this burger! I make this yogurt sauce (except I put garam masala instead of just cumin and clove) and I eat it with almost anything. Never tried it with burgers though! Will try this next time!
I remember my college day I used to wait for the long hour to have food at my favorite sports, somewhere your story is similar to my story, let me have Turkey burger surely I let you know how it is.
Gorgeous! Gorgeous Gorgeous! I love your photography, I need you to guest post for me. Is it a possibility ?
Now that’s a burger! Love the photos!
You are sweet. Thanks!
I’d wait in a long line just for a bite of this deliciousness! Yum! 🙂
We’ve all been there haven’t we? 🙂 Thanks for visiting Kiran!
that story is my story when McDonalds came to Bombay. Its ridiculous to me now, that many years ago we queued up outside Mcdonalds!!! for a burger..and nothing except maybe the fries – was authentic – of that burger. Then after moving here, I’ve never stepped in a mcdonalds.
I like your indian twist on the patty and the yogurt sauce – it brings great flavor.
Hehe, we all have some embarrassing memories from the past Archana 😉
That first shot of the burger is simply PERFECT! 🙂
I’ll convey that to the photographer! 🙂
You were lucky to get American burgers, for me first real American burger was from Mcdonalds. Only now people in Poland learn that burgers can be so much more.
And I love recipes with a twist. I saved that for later 🙂
Let me know once you try it!
Oh yes, those were the days…remember those days when burgers were such a fashion and your looks fancy with an Indian touch.
Oh yeah! LOL
I remember college days where waiting was part of the fun but now im a grumpy lady 🙁 these burgers look so delicious and yes to Indian spices 🙂
The pics looks awesome… will try and let know the comments.
Absolutely loved every bit of it. I’ll make it soon. Like the idea of using yogurt sauce.
Nice post … I too remember how we use to get excited by these new joints that were the talk of the town…lol
Love ur version… n love the pics
That is a funny story lol. And I have to say your version sounds really good, nice flavors to change things up.
Love seeing sprouts on anything. Now you’ve got me hungry!
Love those pictures!
that first click is brilliant…love the way its served
wowo they look huugeee and i wish i had them right now.