Spicy Garam Masala Turkey Burgers

Spicy Garam Masala Turkey Burgers
Spicy Garam Masala Turkey Burgers

The roots of how the spice blend Garam Masala came to be are ancient. Ayurveda is a centuries old practice that still exists today, and is based on the belief that wellness in the body comes through an exercise of balancing the elements of the body and encouraging a more holistic view of health. “Garam Masala” translates to something like “warm spice mix” and refers to the warming of the body through the ‘dry heat’ of spices, and not through any type of spiciness the way that we might immediately think of when using “spices with heat.”

When discussing the origins of turkey burgers, however, the answer is a few centuries closer. Because they are larger than chickens (and less expensive to raise than cows), turkey was a popular meat of choice for larger hospitality venues like hotels and banquet halls. Though not nearly as large as the poultry birds we breed today, mincing (or grinding) turkey meat is a great way to ensure that your turkey is cooked evenly and avoid losing too much moisture. Because of how neutral in flavor it is, turkey is a perfect vessel to try experimenting with seasonings and using a blend with a more complex range of flavors- if you are using beef patties, however, you might want to use something with a bit more backbone such as our Chop House Burger or Diablo Burger.

Chef Jeff served our burgers tucked inside a pita with some lettuce and a tangy garlic sauce that took about 2 minutes to make, but if you were feeling like keeping it more classic you could try your hand at making a homemade ketchup!

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 14 min.
  • 1 Lb. Ground turkey
  • 1/4 Cup Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 Whole wheat pita pockets, cut in half to make 4
  • Kosher salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • Leaf lettuce, 4 leaves
  • Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/3 Cup Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, scallions, garlic, Garam Masala, lemon juice, and salt and pepper and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine ground turkey, nonfat Greek yogurt, scallions, garlic, salt and pepper, and Garam Masala and mix well. Form into 4 oblong patties.
  4. Place patties on grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, turning once.
  5. Remove patties from grill and serve on whole wheat pitas with leaf lettuce and dipping sauce.