Bhaji burger

Bhaji burger

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins plus chilling

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Serves 3

We've combined two of our favourite recipes to make a bhaji in a bun. Serve with mango chutney and a fluffy brioche bun

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal595
  • fat34g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.9g


    For the burgers

    • 400g lamb mince
    • 2 tbsp tandoori paste
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds

    For the raita

    • ½ cucumber
    • 150g pot plain yogurt
    • ½ small pack mint, leaves chopped



      There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

    For the bhajis

    • 100g plain flour
    • 1 tbsp garam masala
      Garam masala

      Garam masala

      gar-am mah-sarl-ah

      Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

    • 1 onion, halved and finely sliced



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

    To serve

    • 3 burger buns (we used brioche buns), toasted
    • a few lettuce leaves



      Lettuce are available in a vast number of varieties, and are either crisp or floppy, growing…

    • red onion, thinly sliced
    • mango chutney


    1. First, make the burgers. Tip all the ingredients into a bowl with a good pinch of salt and squeeze together with your fingers. Shape into three patties and chill in the fridge.

    2. For the raita, grate the cucumber and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Put in a bowl with the yogurt, mint and some salt. Mix and chill.

    3. For the bhajis, tip the flour, spices and bicarb into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Slowly add 200ml cold water to make a thick batter (you might not need all of it), then mix in the onion.

    4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the batter in batches so you have three burger-sized bhajis. Sizzle for 3 mins until crispy on one side, then flip and cook on the other side until cooked through. Keep warm.

    5. Barbecue, griddle or pan-fry the burgers to your liking. Put lettuce and a burger on each bun and top with some raita, a bhaji and red onion. Serve the mango chutney on the side.

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    2nd Oct, 2017
    Just made these...absolutely fabulous...reckon this recipe is ripe for experimentation with the spice level...but very satisfying as is.
    25th Feb, 2017
    I've made this twice now and it really delicious. I used 500g of lamb mince to make 4 burgers and a rogan josh paste as that was what I had open. Both my girls and my husband loved it, even though my eldest doesn't generally like lamb. Made a delicious fake-away for Saturday night !
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