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Garam Masala Burgers with Basil Pesto

Garam Masala beef burgers

This recipe is truly East meets West. Indian Garam Masala flavoured meat, with a pesto sauce that is inspired by the flavours of Italy. It is a delicious combination that really works, and which our son is a big fan of, especially when there are sweet potato chips from our Air Fryer to dip in the pesto sauce. 


For the pesto

  • Large handful of basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Handful of toasted pine nuts
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

For the burgers

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 cm fresh ginger, chopped or grated
  • 2 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Pepper


  1. First make the pesto by putting all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  2. To make the burgers, put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until everything is combined properly.
  3. Wet your hands and make a burger about the size of a tennis ball. Wet your hands before every burger. You should be able to make around 6 burgers.
  4. Put all the burgers on a plate and set in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until done to your liking.
  6. Serve with the pesto, avocado slices and sweet potato chips.

Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Hindi Zahra – Handmade