Indian Chicken Burgers


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Bangkok is overrun with mangos at the moment.  They are super ripe, deliciously fragrant and being sold everywhere I look.  Nearly everyone I pass on the street is carrying a huge bag of them.  Today they seem particularly cheery, as it is gray and rainy out.

I, too, cannot resist the mangos and end up picking up more mangos than two people could reasonably consume.  Actually, make that one person (my husband doesn’t like ripe mangos…but don’t mention that to our Thai friends).

One of my very favorite ways to eat ripe mango is in a tangy, sour, sweet, slightly spicy chutney.  And one of my very favorite ways to eat chutney is atop these Indian burgers.  I’ve made these many times, and every time I remember just how incredible these are and want to share them.  Today is the day – enjoy!

And if you’re looking for a baking activity (or live in Thailand, where it is tricky to find good bread), whip up a batch of Light Brioche Buns to go with the burgers.  Mmmm – these are so soft and wonderful that we end up eating them by themselves right out of the oven.


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Indian Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa and Cucumber Raita

Servings: 8


For the Mango Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped very fine
  • 1/2 spicy chili pepper or jalepeno, seeds and veins removed, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • dash cinnamon

For the Cucumber Raita

  • 1 small cucumber, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon

For the Burgers

  • 1.5 pounds (650 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Indian curry powder
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • For the mango salsa, combine all ingredients (mango through cinnamon) and stir to combine. Taste and add salt or additional vinegar, to taste. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • For the cucumber raita, combine all ingredients (cucumber through lemon juice) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt, if needed. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Combine all ingredients for the burgers (chicken through pepper) in a food processor and blend until evenly combined and chicken is ground into an even, yet textured, consistency. Shape into 8 patties. Grill or cook in nonstick skillet over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side. Serve immediately on buns, topped with chutney and raita.


I used boneless skinless chicken breasts because I find it so easy just to combine everything and pulse it until it has a texture that is easy to shape into patties. The original recipe calls to use ground chicken and mix the ingredients by hand, so use that method if easier.
adapted from, February 2009

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
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  1. Oh, dear Jessica! This looks so scrumptious! Yes, being able to have those ripe mangoes will be pretty awesome! How flavorful they must be!!

  2. I was just thinking about chutney yesterday. I’ve never made it but wanted to try. I’m excited to try it…as well as the chicken burgers and raita. We love Indian food as much as we love Thai! Is there a lot of Indian influence in Thailand?

    1. There is so much wonderful Indian food here that it is almost daunting. The Indian spices are abundant, so I’m trying to make more Indian-inspired food. You’ll love these though – let me know how you like them!

  3. I wish I could buy a huge bag of those mangos, you can’t find them in Italy, at least not in Tuscany… Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks gorgeous.

    1. All of these mangos are such a gift that I barely know how to take advantage – thank you for the reminder though that I should feel fortunate to have it! Plenty of amazing things on your site that are hard to find here though!