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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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