This hamburger recipe is the perfect all-American dinner with an Indian twist. The burgers are packed with robust spices—garlic, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne—which come together seamlessly to create an incredibly savory burger experience. The secret to keeping it juicy is to grate an onion directly into the meat. Topping it all off is a spicy/sweet mango salsa that counterbalances the burger with fresh, tropical flavors.
Living in Manhattan, I don’t have an outdoor grill, so I use a cast-iron skillet or grill pan. But if you’re fortunate enough to be able to cook outside, these burgers would be even more delicious with a hit of smoky charcoal. And if your butcher happens to carry ground lamb, that’s another (more authentically Indian) variation to try.