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Spicy Indian-Style Chicken Burgers

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 11 ingredients

These spicy Indian-style chicken burgers are really a healthy and delicious chicken version of kofta, the ubiquitous Indian and Middle Eastern version of meatballs. Adding dark turkey meat gives these burgers extra depth. If you’re...


  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • ½ spicy red pepper pod (cayenne or Thai bird), or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pound ground chicken
  • ½ pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
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Nutrition Facts


195 cals


10 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

4 g


4 g


1 g


1 g


23 g


326 mg


  1. Beat the egg, yogurt, parsley, red pepper, coriander, ginger, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the ground chicken and turkey and mix well together. Add the breadcrumbs and mix until well combined.  Shape the mixture into roughly 8 balls slightly flattened into a thick patty.
  2. Grill on a barbeque or on a ridged iron grill pan until firm, about 5 minutes each side depending on thickness of the patty. When cooked, they should be firm to the touch with no ‘bounce’.
  3. Serve in toasted buns with lettuce or wilted spinach and a side of Sweet Potato Salad.  

Chef Tips

Taste test the chili first to make sure that you’re comfortable with the heat you’re adding to your burgers. Cut a tiny piece off and see just how hot it really is. A mouthful of milk will take the heat away. Make sure not to add any of the seeds or the white pith from the inside of the pepper, that’s where they store most of their heat. If you can’t find fresh red chilies, add ½ teaspoon of cayenne or to taste.

If you are going through chemo and want to have some greens with your burger, instead of lettuce and tomatoes, garnish it with a some wilted spinach, and perhaps a slice or two of roasted red peppers.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society