Marvelous Indian Hamburger

This is a marvelous, super-fast grilled “hamburger,” with a blend of ground meat, onion, garlic, ginger, fresh cilantro leaves and other tingly spices served on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and Sweet Mint Chutney.

Indian Hamburger (Kheema Tikka)

Serves 6

 2 pounds lean ground meat of your choice
1 egg
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 medium onion,  peeled and chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
½-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine
1 small green chili, chopped fine (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon ground black mustard seeds
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all of the ingredients except the oil.  Divide the mixture into six equal hamburger patties.  Prepare the barbecue charcoal grill or heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the hamburgers and cook over medium heat until browned.  Turn the patties and cook until browned on the other side and done to your taste.  Serve on warm wheat buns or pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and sweet mint chutney.

Sweet Mint Chutney (Meethi Pudina ki Chutney)

1 cup fresh  mint leaves
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
¼-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 fresh green chili
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Juice of ½ a lemon
Salt to taste

Remove and discard the stems from the mint leaves.  In a blender, combine mint leaves and all other ingredients.  Blend to a fine paste.  Serve in a small bowl as an accompaniment to Indian Hamburger, hors d’oeuvres, or any meal.


Check out my cookbooks Feast of India: A Legacy of Recipes and Fables (1991, 2015) and India’s Unsurpassed Cuisine: The Art of Indian Curry Cooking (Editor’s Choice, 2016) at


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