Given the positive response to yesterday’s burger post, I thought I’d share my recipe with you today.
The Curry On My Wayward Bun Burger
1 lb ground beef or lamb*
2 tbsp curry powder**
fresh black pepper
wheat Kaiser rolls
French Fries (optional)
Root Beer (optional)
*We get our meat from the meat counter at the grocer and usually end up with slightly more than 1 pound of meat. I think this particular day saw us get 1.25 pounds.
**There are many types of curry powder available. Turmeric is often a prominent ingredient for its color, but it is also pungent and overpowering. Look for a powder that has turmeric listed somewhere in the middle. Unless, of course, you like turmeric. You do you.
***There are a variety of chutneys on the market. We chose a mango chutney because we thought it would pair well with our curry powder and because that particular flavor and brand didn’t contain any vinegar. Allergies suck, y’all.
****We wanted to use an Indian-style cheese like paneer, but our local markets didn’t carry it. We opted for a true Cheddar cheese for its mild flavor to help even out the spices of the curry powder and chutney.
Note: if you’re going to have fries with your burgers, start them now. Once I put the fries in the oven I started making my burgers, and both burgers and fries finished about the same time.
Make the Burgers
- Mix the curry powder with the meat. Make sure it is thoroughly distributed, but be careful not to overwork the meat.
- Form the meat into four patties and season both sides with salt and pepper. If you have any curry powder left, lightly dust the tops of the burgers.
- Cook the burgers over medium heat, about 7 minutes per side worked for me.
- When you flip the burgers, tent the pan with tinfoil.
- In the last few minutes of cooking, put cheddar cheese on each burger. I won’t tell you how much, since cheese makes everything better.
Build the Burgers
- If needed, slice the rolls.
- Cover the bottom bun with lettuce.
- Slather the top bun with the chutney.
- Put the cooked burgers on the bottom buns and put the top bun in place.
- Serve with fries and root beer (or other sides and drinks of choice).