South Indy-Burger with Masala Oven Fries

This Kerala inspired burger is packed with South Indian flavor. 


Spicy masala fries and tangy fresh onion chutney are a perfect accompaniment to this full flavor burger. 

To save time make and marinade your burger patties the night before. 

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil sub any oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Kerala or Garam Masala
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Powder
  • 4 each Hamburger Buns I like Potato Rolls
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 6 each Potatoes, White or Idaho whatever is cheaper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil sub any oil
  • 1/2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder sub 1/4t Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • 1 each Red Onion, Sliced small
  • 1 each Jalapeno, Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. First, make the masala paste. In a small skillet heat one tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot add the ginger-garlic paste. Cook for 30 seconds while stirring continuously, until aromatic. Add the ground spices and cook for 30 more seconds. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl. Let cool completely. 

  2. Season the meat with masala paste and shape into four burger patties. 

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

  3. Season the burgers with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, preferably in a cast iron skillet or a grill pan. Cook three minutes per side for medium. Serve topped with onion chutney, oven fries, ketchup and a little mayo.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a small bowl mix the spices.

  2. Cut the potatoes into wedges. Peel and cut them in half then cut each half into thirds. 

  3. In a large bowl toss the potatoes with spice mix and oil. Arrange potato wedges in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes rotating halfway through.


  1. Thinly slice a red onion and jalapeno. Season with salt and lemon juice and set aside. 

    Right before serving stir in cilantro. 

  2. Top cooked burgers with generous portions.

Recipe Notes

Please feel free to substitute beef with ground turkey, it will still be delicious.