Curry Turkey Patties

Select Indian ingredients will surprise and delight your family in this Indian variation of a turkey burger.


  • 2 slices stale white bread, crusts trimmed
  • Whole milk, for soaking
  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney, such as Patak’s brand mild, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt, plus more for topping
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small red chili pepper, such as Fresno, seeded and chopped
  • 3-4 thin scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, almonds or pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • A small handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Melted butter or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 pieces toasted or grilled naan or other flatbread
  • Toppings: hot giardiniera or pickled peppers, cucumber slices, lettuce leaves, tomato slices, chopped red onion


On a rimmed plate or in a pie dish, soak the bread in the milk to soften.

In a large bowl, crumble the ground turkey and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the milk from the bread over the meat, then add the bread. Add 1/4 cup chutney, 1/4 cup yogurt, the egg, chili pepper, scallions, ginger, garlic, nuts, curry powder, cumin and cilantro. Mix and form into four patties.

Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with melted butter (or oil). Add the patties and fry, turning once, until opaque, about 12 minutes.

Fold the flatbreads. Fill each with a patty and the toppings of your choice. Dollop with yogurt and chutney.

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