These Tandoori chicken burgers are a flavorful twist on chicken burgers! They’re keto, paleo, whole30, and can be modified to be AIP.

tandoori chicken burgers

What is Tandoori Chicken?

Tandoori Chicken is a wildly popular and delicious traditional Indian dish! It is traditionally prepared by marinating a whole chicken in a spiced yogurt sauce and a tandoor spice blend, and is roasted in a clay oven. Tandoori chicken seriously stole my heart in college, when I first discovered the deliciousness that is Indian food!

Traditionally, Tandoori Chicken is made as a whole chicken with nightshade spices and dairy, and is roasted in a cylindrical clay oven, but this version is made gluten-free, dairy-free, adaptable to be night-shade free, all while retaining the amazing tandoori flavor while being made easy and fun in burger form!

 

Why are these Tandoori Chicken Burgers awesome?

They’re made with healthy, nourishing ingredients

These burgers are made dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and adaptable to be nightshade-free!

They’re made so quickly and easily as burgers

These burgers retain all the flavor of tandoori chicken, while being easily made on a grill with ground chicken, rather than roasting a whole chicken for hours in a cylindrical clay oven! Win-win!

How to Make Tandoori Chicken Burgers

  • Make the yogurt sauce: Add the ingredients to a small bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Make the burgers: Using a medium bowl, combine the chicken with the seasonings, coconut oil, and coconut flour. Mix well to fully combine. Form the mixture into 4 even sized burgers and set aside.
  • Cook the burgers: Using a cast iron grill pan, bring to high heat and add coconut oil. Grill the burgers on the grill surface for about 5 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Set the cooked burgers aside and repeat for the other burgers.
  • Finish & serve: Allow to cool slightly before topping the burgers with yogurt sauce, and serving with lettuce wraps and vegetables like cucumber and red onion.

tandoori chicken burgers on grill

 

What pan do you use to grill these burgers inside?

Since I live in Texas where it’s so hot and sunny all, I love having the option to grill inside! I use a lodge cast iron grill pan. However, you can also use an outdoor grill as well.

Do you have to grill them? What about pan-frying them or baking them?

You can for sure test other methods of cooking the burgers like pan-frying or baking if you don’t have an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan.

What should you serve as a side with these burgers?

Typically, tandoori chicken is served with basmati rice & fresh vegetables! Here are some ideas for what you can serve these burgers with…

  • Butter lettuce leaves for servings
  • Red Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Limes
  • Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Fries

 

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Ground Chicken

The star of the dish! If you don’t have ground chicken on hand, simply add chicken breast to a food processor.

Lemon, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Salt, Cumin, Garam Masala & Black Pepper

These seasonings perfectly come together to create the magical tandoori flavor! You can omit the cumin, garam masala & black pepper for AIP.

Coconut Yogurt, Lime, Mint & Cilantro

The ingredients you need to make Raita, the classic Indian yogurt sauce, that goes perfectly with Tandoori Chicken!

tandoori chicken burger ingredients

 

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Tandoori Chicken Burgers


  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x

Description

These Tandoori chicken burgers are a flavorful twist on chicken burgers! They’re keto, paleo, whole30, and can be modified to be AIP.


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Ingredients

For the yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup coconut yogurt
  • Juice of one fresh lime
  • 1 tbsp mint, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

For the chicken burgers

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tsp garam masala (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (plus extra for greasing the grill/pan)

Instructions

For the yogurt sauce

  1. Add the ingredients to a small bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside in the fridge.

For the chicken burgers

  1. Using a medium bowl, combine the chicken with the seasonings, coconut oil, and coconut flour. Mix well to fully combine. Form the mixture into 4 even sized burgers and set aside.
  2. Using a cast iron grill pan, bring to high heat and add coconut oil.
  3. Grill the burgers on the grill surface for about 5 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Set the cooked burgers aside and repeat for the other burgers.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before topping the burgers with yogurt sauce, and serving with lettuce wraps and vegetables like cucumber and red onion.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 275
  • Fat: 13.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.3g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 32.2g