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Tandoori Chicken Burgers

chicken tandoori burger recipeWhen the weather is 100+ degrees, the last thing that I feel like doing is cooking. Sometimes I don’t even feel like eating. But when I do cook, I want something like this. Easy to make, super fast, and pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself. I have seen a lot of tandoori recipes around lately in the food magazines and the blogs, and I took about 3 or 4 different recipes and came up with this one. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at the reaction at my dinner table when I presented this to my husband. I did not think that he would be into tandoori chicken. So wrong I was. He loved it. If he likes it, anyone will love it. He can be hard to impress sometimes.

chicken tandoori burger recipe1 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
4 green onions
3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Naan bread
red onion sliced thinly

To make the Yogurt Sauce:

1 small container fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon fresh mint chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper

chicken tandoori burger recipePut the chicken and all of the spices in a bowl and mix well. Form into 4 patties.

chicken tandoori burger recipeMix the yogurt sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

chicken tandoori burger recipeSlice some cucumbers, red onions, and cilantro.

chicken tandoori burger recipeCook the Tandoori Chicken Burgers on a preheated grill over medium-medium high grill. About 3 minutes per side. Throw the Naan bread on the grill during the last few minutes.

chicken tandoori burger recipeTop the burgers with a few sliced cucumbers, red onion, and a generous handful of cilantro.

chicken tandoori burger recipeAdd the yogurt sauce and there you have it, the easiest and freshest tasting burger ever.

chicken tandoori burger recipeAs my daughter would say, “grub, grub”. This easy Tandoori Chicken Burger is going to be pretty popular on your summer grill rotation. You can thank me later. 🙂



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 4 green onions
  • 3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Naan bread
  • cucumber
  • cilantro
  • red onion sliced thinly
  • To make the Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 small container fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the chicken and all of the spices in a bowl and mix well. Form into 4 patties.
  2. Mix the yogurt sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Slice some cucumbers, red onions, and cilantro.
  4. Cook the Tandoori Chicken Burgers on a preheated grill over medium-medium high grill. About 3 minutes per side. Throw the Naan bread on the grill during the last few minutes.
  5. Top the burgers with a few sliced cucumbers, red onion, and a generous handful of cilantro.
  6. Add the yogurt sauce and there you have it, the easiest and freshest tasting burger ever.
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  1. Natalie (The Sweets Life)

    June 28th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I already know these are going to be a huge hit with my hubby and I! Can’t wait to get through this crazy week so I can settle down and cook them!

  2. Wes (Baked Bree's husband)

    June 28th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    First, I am not hard to impress! Second, if it is a burger, I will eat it. Third, your food is amazing….every single thing you make. I would eat a lump of mud if you took the time to make it for me! You make me sound like Mikey from the old Life cereal commercials. I love you!

  3. bakedbree

    June 29th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Yes you are. Who are you kidding? I know that you will eat anything that I put in front of you, but that doesn’t always mean that you love it. This dinner you actually moaned at the table.

  4. Memoria

    June 29th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    What a fantastic idea! The next time I make some naan, I’m making this. YUM!

  5. bakedbree

    July 6th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    you make your own naan?????? Yum!!

  6. emily

    June 29th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    These look and sound amazing! I love the photos.

  7. bentley

    June 29th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    These look amazing. I’m making these this weekend!

  8. bakedbree

    July 6th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I hope that you liked them!

  9. A Little Yumminess

    June 29th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    We make something very similar with lamb…will try chicken. Amazing photos as always.

  10. bakedbree

    July 6th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I am not a fan of lamb, but if you put the yogurt sauce on it, I would eat pretty much anything.

  11. Katherine

    July 1st, 2010 at 10:16 am

    This looks not only tasty, but really healthy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    these are really good. Really easy to make too.

  13. Tara

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Oh Lordie – you have been busy! I have so many new things to try. This is “ON” next week.

  14. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    It is so good!

  15. Tessa

    July 13th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yessss I can’t wait to make this!!! Love Indian food. Hopefully my boyfriend will like it as much as your husband did. His comment is so sweet by the way… you’ve got a good one 🙂

  16. bakedbree

    July 18th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    yes, I do. 🙂

  17. Kathryn

    August 6th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    That burger looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Juiciest Burger Contest here!

  18. Carole

    August 31st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Bree, I made these last night and although the flavor was fantastic, they were a little dry. I made them on an indoor grill. I was curious as to the fact that there are no binding ingredients in the recipe although I realize after I re-read the recipe that I forgot the ginger; would that have made any difference in the dryness you think? Maybe I am just too paranoid about cooking chicken fulle that I overcooked it. The yogurt sauce was yummy!

  19. bakedbree

    September 1st, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    the ginger is wet, like an onion, so it would probably have helped. Sorry that they were dry for you!

  20. geneva ace

    September 22nd, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Made these tonight and they were incredible! Love the yoghurt sauce and the amount of flavour in the patty! Great recipe!

  21. bakedbree

    September 26th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I love this recipe too, I am so glad that you liked them as well.

  22. Antoinette

    November 21st, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I somehow landed on your blog, and I am SO glad I did! I made this for dinner a few weeks ago and it was such a HUGE hit with me and the hubby! A great lighter option when one is craving heavy indian fare. Thank you, can’t wait to try other recipes out they all look so great!!!!!

  23. bakedbree

    November 21st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    that is nice to hear. Glad that you liked them.

  24. Sadia K.

    December 6th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Do you have any ideas as to what side dish that goes well with the tandoori style chicken burgers? Suggestions are greatly appreciated. 😉

  25. bakedbree

    December 6th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    A salad with maybe a gingery dressing. I think that I served these with some Alexandria’s fries honestly.

  26. raja

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:48 am

    greetings…i was wondering what yu served this with?

  27. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    baked fries. And maybe a side salad.

  28. Gwen

    March 27th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’m usually just cooking for one, but I still am dying to make these burgers! Should I go ahead and make the whole recipe and reheat the burgers each time, or does the meat mixture keep in the fridge for a few days? Thanks!

  29. bakedbree

    March 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I am guessing that you are probably better cooking them and reheating them. You could also freeze them.

  30. Kristin

    July 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and made them as meatballs (threw in an egg and some breadcrumbs to make sure they wouldn’t crumble in the oven.) We also only had ground turkey at home so that subbed in for the Chicken. I made some garlic naan and for a side we did some simple saffron rice, and everything together was like an almost falafel heaven! It was so good, thanks for the delicious recipe, I will for sure be back to check out the rest of your site!

  31. bakedbree

    July 11th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Welcome! Please come back and see me.

  32. Natalie

    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Your photo is droolworthy and i’m a vegetarian! I’m going to make a veggie version using chickpeas instead of chicken, I do hate to be left out! 😀

  33. bakedbree

    July 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    that sound delicious. Let me know how they turn out please!

  34. Sevina

    January 30th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Fantastic timing! So glad a friend told me about your recipe. I have everything on hand except the ground chicken, and that’s easily remedied. Can’t wait to make it for dinner tonight! Thank you!

  35. bakedbree

    January 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hope that you like them!

  36. Ruth K

    January 31st, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This looks amazing! easy and healthy my two must have ingredients! I can’t find naan bread here in El Salvador I will try to use pita bread instead!

  37. Anita

    January 31st, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Amazing! So creative and delicious looking.

  38. Sally

    February 21st, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I made these last night and they were great. We are having them for dinner again tonight.

  39. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Two nights in a row? You really must like these.

  40. Dawna

    May 4th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    These look super! Finding a way to worth them into my menu next week!

  41. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    They really are!

  42. Meg

    June 3rd, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great recipe Bree! I just mixed these up! Cannot wait to try them! I love trying different flavour combos for burgers! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  43. bakedbree

    June 4th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    You are welcome Meg, I have not made these in awhile, I should make them again soon, I really like them.

  44. vanessa jackson

    July 28th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I saw the recipe on pinterest and had to try them. They’re very delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  45. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    you are very welcome! Hope that you will continue to read!

  46. Sissi

    July 29th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Bree, I came here from Cook’s Sister because I found your burger photo irresistible! Your photos are breathtaking and the burger sounds so luscious! Naans are the only carb I order when I go to an Indian restaurant (no rice, I prefer Japanese style, slightly sticky rice), so believe me I have fallen in love with your idea. You have a beautiful blog!

  47. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you so much Sissi! Welcome!

  48. michele

    November 14th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    First time here! Lookin delicious! And what a crazy small world- I live in Alexandria, VA too. Have you ever gone to the DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour? I’ve gone to three. Let’s cook together sometime : )

  49. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I have not! How do I get in that group?

  50. Tamara

    December 6th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Bree,
    I saw this recipe on Pinterest and stopped cold in my tracks for it! We love making turkey burgers with curry, ginger, cilantro and yogurt mixed in with the meat. My husband and son (he’s 9) love them and I make a double bch so we can have for lunches the next day. These beauties are right up our alley and are on the menu for tonight’s dinner. I know they are going to be a hit! I plan to use turkey, since we have it, and the flat, round , wheat sandwich bread you can buy now. Can’t wait to sink or teeth into these!

  51. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I hope that you love them!

  52. Rob

    December 19th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Bree,

    I just came across these burgers and my mouth is already watering. If I was making 12 of these burgers, would I just triple the ingredients?


  53. bakedbree

    December 19th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    that sounds about right.

  54. Hanan

    February 11th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made them tonight for dinner and they are heavenly. I only added garlic to chicken and a tsp. of garam masala. I also made them into kababs instead of patties. Excellent and the yogurt sauce is soooo fresh! Thank you again and keep the good recipes coming.

  55. bakedbree

    February 13th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    You are welcome, I am glad that you liked them so much.

  56. cydneuf

    May 2nd, 2013 at 12:16 am

    We make this once a week. It is our new family favorite recipe. Even if we can’t find mint or cilantro, the taste is still great. Thanks for the great recipe.

  57. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I am so glad! I have not made these in a really long time, I need to add this recipe to the rotation.

  58. Garry

    July 29th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Hey Bree, came across this on FoodPorn @ Facebook, lol. Pictures are great and the recipe seems really easy to make. I will definitely try this at home! I always thought Tandoori chicken was to be made in a traditional grill and had to have bones in. This ground chicken idea sounds good to me!

  59. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Garry! It is a take on a tandoori, but has all of the flavors.

  60. Daniel

    August 26th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Made this tonight and it was fantastic! I subbed cilantro for mint since we have mint haters in the house (sadly) and used turkey instead of chicken since I had it on hand. I even went the extra step and made homemade naan. Don’t think I’ll be doing THAT part again, but it was fun once.

    I’m thinking of working on a Greek gyro version with a half lamb, half chicken patty, tomato, red onion, maybe some Romaine and tzatziki on flatbread.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  61. bakedbree

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Sounds delicious! And good for you for making your own naan.

  62. Tanya Walker

    October 7th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I made these on Saturday and they were really good! I love the Tandoori flavor. I added Turmeric.

  63. Myrthe

    December 15th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂 Just finished my tandoori burger and it tasted great! I added some garlic to the minced chicken. Yum!

  64. bakedbree

    December 19th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  65. Rachel from Rose Tinted Home

    December 21st, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Made these this week because we seemed to have a lot of the items on hand. They were delicious! I left out the cardamom (mostly because I do not know what that is) and substituted a premade yogurt dill dip for the sauce (added a little lemon to it). What a great mix up to a classic burger! Thanks for sharing!

    xo Rachel

  66. bakedbree

    December 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I am glad that you enjoyed it.

  67. Renee Barker

    April 30th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I did this with getting turkey breast meat and cut the recipe in half because it’s just me.
    Totally rocking GOOD!!!!! Very happy.

  68. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    So happy you liked these so much.

  69. Cassaundra

    February 23rd, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This is my lunch this week, while it is good and full of flavor it is dry and crumbles. I make turkey and chicken burgers often so I am not sure why. It could be the ginger. Perhaps an egg would have helped.

  70. Kelli

    March 13th, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I just made these for dinner, and they were fantastic! I made a few little changes. I used 2 lbs. of ground chicken, and it made 5 patties. I didn’t have any cardamom, but I had some garam masala (which contains cardamom) and that tasted great. I substituted cilantro for the mint, and I also added a little chopped cilantro to the meat mixture. I had no problems with these being dry or crumbling, but I browned mine in a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil. Next time, I might try to make smaller patties or even meat balls. We ate these with homemade pita bread that I make. So delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  71. Jennifer W

    May 24th, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    This is a gem of a recipe. We made these last night and they were incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a food blog in my life — but had to today to tell you how much we loved these. I followed the directions with the exception of adding green onions (forgot to put those on my shopping list). With the sauce, I added chopped garlic and cilantro b/c why not? I’m Indian and love this modern take on tandoori. I can’t wait to serve them to my parents, who will no doubt scoff at the idea but I bet they’ll be hooked after one bite. Thanks!

  72. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I’m so glad that you liked them.

  73. Bethy

    September 20th, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Tried this tonight. Flavors were excellent. The patties were too moist, so we took them off the grill and plopped them in a pan on the stove top and sautéed it kind of like “taco meat” and served it up in the naan broken in half and opened us like pita, topped with the sauce and toppings. It was delicious, but I won’t do this again.

  74. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    It helps if you chill your burgers before you cook them. Since they are so lean they are fragile.

  75. Karen

    June 3rd, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Epic fail way too much ginger and I was brought up on Indian food

  76. bakedbree

    July 23rd, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Sorry you didn’t like it.

  77. N. Wes

    March 31st, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Despite the many spices listed in these burgers they were fairly bland. The instructions were a bit confusing as well. a Green onions are on the ingredient list, yet not mentioned in the recipe instructions. The instructions also don’t say what to do with the lemon juice. A disappointing dining experience after procuring many of the ingredients I didn’t have on hand to make these and then after going thru the effort to make them they were just “meh”. The picture is the best part of this recipe listing. Don’t waste your time making them.

  78. Trudi

    May 25th, 2018 at 3:10 am

    These were delicious!! I’ve made them twice and shared the recipe with coworkers that have also made and enjoyed them! Thank you for the great recipe! (I added cilantro to the meat mixture as well .. delish!)

  79. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Excellent! I am so glad that you liked them.

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  82. Jackie

    September 28th, 2018 at 2:41 am

    WOW, this recipe was delicious. I was afraid it would turn dry and/or crumble since I had to cook it on the stove and how lean the meat is, but I followed the recipe to a T and it came out so good! I did add about one more tbsp of lemon juice to the yogurt sauce, but it’s only because I love citrus. I also marinaded the red onion slices in some lemon juice for a few minutes, too. Again, it’s because I love citrus.

    LOVED it! This is definitely going into a regular rotation in my home. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  83. bakedbree

    September 30th, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    I love this recipe too, I am glad that it will be a regular for you.

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  85. Allison Carson

    November 5th, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Very tasty and got some flat bread instead of nan bread which was very good. Would definitely make this again

  86. bakedbree

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I am so glad, enjoy!

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