2. In a large bowl, combine the onion-chile mixture and ground sirloin then mix well. Form into 4 round patties. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to let the flavors blend.


Hot Onion Spread:

2 Tbs oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

3 dried red chiles, stems removed, seeds removed

1 large red onion, cut into slivers

1/4 cup water

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp sugar


1 Tbs oil

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 green chiles, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2-inch piece ginger, minced

1 lb ground sirloin

To Serve:

4 layered parotha or whole wheat naan

chopped romaine

sliced tomatoes


1. Add the oil to a heated skillet, on medium-low heat. Stir in the garam masala, cumin, salt and pepper. Fry the onion, chiles, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent. Let cool.

3. Grill the patties until cooked through.

2. Put the onions and chiles in a blender with the water. Grind until it becomes a smooth paste.

3. Transfer the ground onions back to the pan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until it becomes a thick paste, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.


Hot Onion Spread:

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop add the cumin seeds and red chiles. Fry for 1 minute then add the onion and fry until they are thoroughly caramelized and brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Madras Burgers [Indian fusion Recipe]

The essence of Madras spices are incorporated into these delicious burgers. They are seasoned with a special blend of spices and vegetables including garam masala, cumin, onion, garlic, ginger and, the South Indian favorite, green chiles. The burgers are topped with a homemade spread that is made with caramelized onions and red chiles. The burgers are served on flaky South Indian layered parothas. 

To Serve:

1. Heat the layered parotha on a tava or skillet until golden brown. Cut in half.

2. Place a burger on each paratha, add a generous spoonful of the Hot Onion Spread and top with some romaine, a tomato slice and the other paratha half.