Masala Chicken Burgers

This is a simple homemade chicken burger recipe – with a kick of Indian-inspired flavour! The burgers are gluten-free and dairy-free, and the recipe requires only 4 ingredients, plus a few spices. These burgers taste great on a traditional bun, but I usually enjoy the burgers bun-free, with lots of veggies on the side and a few slices of avocado. The recipe makes 8 burgers, and prep and cooking time are both short, so this is a great recipe for meal prep. 

masala chicken burger

chicken burgers on pan

Homemade chicken burgers have been one of my go-to sources of protein lately. The past few weeks of school leading up to reading week have been incredibly busy, so it’s nice to make a quick recipe at the start of the week, and have something to throw in my lunch bag each day. When I’m taking a chicken burger on-the-go I’ll usually have it with a couple handfuls of spinach, other chopped veggies, and maybe a little salsa or tahini on top.

Lately I have experimented with a few different spice combinations for the same base recipe. This Masala Chicken Burger recipe was the most successful combination I’ve created so far, but I have plans to try out some other flavours in the coming weeks – I was thinking Mexican or Asian-inspired flavour combinations might be delicious!

chicken burger overhead shot

The base of the recipe uses 1 lb. of ground chicken, 1/2 an onion finely chopped, 1/2 a cup of almond meal, and 1 egg. Then the spices I added to this version of the recipe are Garam Masala, cumin, cayenne, salt, and turmeric.

Almond Meal

In order to keep this recipe gluten-free, I opted to use almond meal (also known as ground almonds) in place of the breadcrumbs used in many other chicken burger recipes. I got my almond meal from Bulk Barn, but it’s also available from many health food stores. Almond meal is a great option because you get the health benefits of almonds (healthy fats, fibre, and vitamin E to name a few) incorporated into your burger; however, one drawback is that almond meal is a little pricier than breadcrumbs. So if you don’t require your recipe to be gluten-free, breadcrumbs would likely be an effective alternative.

Making the burgers

The burger recipe is as simple as it gets – throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix them thoroughly until the egg is well combined with the chicken, almond meal, and onions.

finely chopped onions

Then, put about 1/2 a cup of almond meal on a plate. Form the chicken mixture into patties, coat both sides in almond meal, and place them all on a baking sheet to cook for 15 minutes on one side and 7 minutes on the other at 375°F.

uncooked chicken burgers

Serving your chicken burgers

In terms of serving options, the chicken burgers are incredibly versatile. Even though they have an Indian flavour combination, it’s not an overpowering flavour, so they still taste good with toppings that you wouldn’t typically have with Indian food (for example salsa). I highly recommend enjoying them with avocado, as the mild flavour and creaminess of the avocado combines with the flavour and texture of chicken burgers perfectly. For the images above, I ate my chicken burgers with avocado, sweet potato and onion (although the onion was mostly for garnish). This was a great combo not only in terms of flavour, but also because it was a good balance of carbs, healthy fats, and protein. You could also try the burgers with broccoli (or another green veggie) and rice, sliced onto a salad, or with more traditional Indian dishes, such as dahl or naan bread.

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Masala Chicken Burgers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
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burgers
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground chicken, 1/2 cup almond meal, onion, and egg. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined. Add spices and salt and mix thoroughly.
  3. Form chicken mixture into 8 patties.
  4. Place remaining 1/2 cup of almond meal on a plate and press patties into the almond meal to coat both sides.
  5. Place burgers on baking sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for another 7 minutes.

Spiced Black Bean Omelette

This recipe gives a traditional breakfast dish a delicious Mexican twist, plus some extra protein and fibre. Instead of filling up the inside of your omelette with cheese, this omelette is stuffed with Mexican Seasoned Black Beans. Then the omelette is topped with avocado and salsa for a flavourful and balanced start to your morning. 

Black Bean Omelette

As much as I love to whip up oatmeal recipes (some of which will be showing up soon on the blog), I’m really more of a savoury breakfast fanatic. After I started reducing the amount of cheese in my diet, but before I discovered beans as a filling for omelettes, my omelettes were pretty unsatisfying. For me, something flavourful and salty stuffed inside my eggs is a must-have. That’s why my recipe for Mexican Seasoned Black Beans is a perfect fit. If I make the black beans and use them for a Sweet Potato Breakfast Platter or in a taco bowl, there’s always some left over for a couple omelettes.

Black bean omelette

The black beans are so quick to make that I just whipped them up this morning before I made the omelette, but they can easily be made earlier in the week and stored in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days. In addition to the black beans, the recipe comes together with a few simple ingredients; I used baby spinach, red pepper, and red onion as the vegetables in my omelette, but you could easily sub those out for other veggies, depending on what you have in your fridge. Any colour of bell pepper or onion, cherry tomatoes, broccoli (boiled in advance), mushrooms, or even some boiled and diced sweet potato would taste great in the omelette.

red pepper and spinach

spinach, red onion and pepper

When it comes to toppings, you can get as creative as you want! I chose to top mine with avocado and salsa. Other great additions include cilantro, a few sliced cherry tomatoes, salsa verde, alfalfa sprouts and taco sauce. And if you like a little kick of spice, some red pepper flakes taste great as well.

Look at this beauty:

avocado cut in half

Once the beans are prepared according to the instructions in this post, the omelette is quick and easy to prepare; first, chop your veggies and beat your eggs. Then, lightly saute the red pepper and onion. The spinach is added directly to the beaten egg. Once the pepper and onion have cooked for a few minutes, add the egg to your frying pan and cook until the top of the omelette has begun to firm up. Then – the moment of truth – flip your omelette! Then spread the black beans on one side of the omelette and fold the egg in half. Finally, top with your choice of toppings.

onion and pepper in frying pan

cooking omelette in frying pan

Enjoy your Mexican-inspired breakfast!

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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Prepare Mexican Seasoned Black Beans in advance (link to recipe in post).
  2. In a small bowl, beat two eggs with a fork. Add baby spinach to the eggs and mix together.
  3. Heat oil in a small frying pan. Add bell pepper and red onion. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Pour egg and spinach mixture into frying pan and and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook egg without disturbing until the top of the omelette starts to become less runny.
  5. As the egg starts to firm up, check the bottom of the omelette with a spatula. When the egg is lightly browned, flip the egg to allow the other side to cook.
  6. Spoon Seasoned Black Beans onto one side of the omelette. After 2-3 minutes of cooking, fold the omelette in half, closing the beans inside.
  7. Remove from frying pan and top omelette with salsa and avocado. Serve immediately.