Easy Lean Curry Burgers

The juiciest, most flavourful lean burgers which have a hint of curry! These are so versatile  you can use any ground meat! Paleo, grain free, gluten free and dairy free- They are the perfect quick and easy meal! 

Healthy Lean Curry Burgers - The juiciest, most flavourful lean burgers which have a hint of curry! These are so versatile you can use any ground meat! Paleo, grain free, gluten free and dairy free- They are the perfect quick and easy meal! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

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Food Prep. I’m not a huge fan of it but thanks to food prep genius, Lindsay– I’m always reminded to do so on a Sunday which makes the working week less disorganised, helpful and of course- sorted when it comes to food. She  subconsciously makes me do it!



Working Monday to Friday, I try and bring my lunch as often as I can. Cafes are limited and the food is of subpar standard- I won’t forget the raw chicken I ate on my first week or the food poisoning I suffered from the sushi shop- bad. memories.

I’ve had some emails asking what I chuck in my tupperware (which has become less interesting since my days of pancakes or cold pizza in plastic) so thought I’d share some of my ‘go to’s’ in the coming weeks. I always stick to the same formula- 1 protein + 1 starch + 1 vegetable side. It’s basic. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s done and dusted. Snap. Crackle. Pop.


Inspired by my curried tuna patties and chicken parmesan patties, I tried using some of their flavours with the meat of the week- lean ground beef. Recently, cumin and salt have been my standard spices and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Add some mandatory red pepper flakes and some added extras = delicious curry flavoured burgers which are flavourful AND lean to boot!


These are tasty enough to not require any breadcrumbs so it checks the paleo, gluten free, primal and grain free boxes! Not only that, but you don’t even need the moisture of an egg or milk! Also….don’t use time as an excuse. Done and dusted in less than 10 minutes.

You’re welcome.

Easy Lean Curry Burgers


Easy Lean Curry Burgers

A super simple lean burger recipe which has hints of curry to give some flavour perfection. Gluten free and paleo friendly!
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Servings: 6
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 kilogram lean ground beef can sub for any ground meat*
  • 2 T cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 T red pepper flakes optional but highly recommended
  • 3 T mustard of choice I used Maille's Dijon
  • Oil/butter/ghee for frying


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat and all the spices and mix until fully combined. Add the mustard of choice and mix until it fully incorporated. Form the mixture into 6 even patties and set aside.
  • On a large plate, layer a sheet of aluminium/tin foil and set aside.
  • Coat a large frying pan generously with oil and when heated, add three patties to it. Cook for 3 minutes before flipping sides and cooking for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove cooked burgers from heat and place on top of foil and cover completely. Allow burgers to rest before serving.


These can be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months. For a vegetarian option, try using mashed legumes of choice but ensure you add binder in the form of breadcrumbs or similar.
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57 thoughts on “Easy Lean Curry Burgers

  1. I LOVE Indian food. Curry is the one. Loving the flavours in this burger recipe – garam masala is such a delicious spice mix.
    I never do a weeks worth of food prep – I always do mine and J’s lunch the night before so either some kind of salad or leftover dinner. I actually enjoy cooking after a long day of work so I don’t feel the need to prep although this means that we eat quite late but oh well. If I want a quick meal solo then eggs are the one – those batboys can be scrambled up in minutes!! I do tend to bake up a few batches of something for breakfast or snacks but that is usually just some sort of blog recipe test that needs eating up ha!

  2. I food prep. It just makes the week so much easier (and healthier). It is a bit of a downer on Sunday night to perform, but I know it’s worth it.

    I like my burgers pretty classic, ketchup, lettuce, onion, cheese, and maybe some crispy bacon.

  3. Oh yes, those sound good! And my friend this is actually one of your recipes I CAN have at the moment 😀 Funnily enough this is basically my burger recipe minus the curry, cumin and ginger. But for sure I’ll add those next time! The indian twist sounds really nice.
    I’d love to food prep more but at the moment i just can’t fit in the time for doing a decent food prep on the weekend. So I go with my extra 30 minutes every morning and evening to prep our lunchboxes.
    I am very opportunistic when it comes to burgers. I love almost all kinds of burgers. But I HATE pickles. So I always check for and remove the added pickles before digging in 😀

  4. I do food prep, though I don’t really like it. I’m so freaking lazy in the kitchen lately, I think about paying someone to prep for me and to create recipes I can post on the blog. I hope my inspiration will be back in my new home and kitchen….
    I LOVE the spice combo you used for these!! Now I need to find garam masala.
    In NY, I had an ostrich burger. Seriously, it was damn good.

    1. Oh my, I haven’t had a burger in ages and this post is making me crave them so bad! Indian food is the best, I’m definitely obsessed with indian curry!

  5. I used to half ass food prep, but now I quarter ass it. I try to make one dish on the weekends to have for the week, and the rest of the time I’ll get my parents to cook or just have something easy like eggs or stir fry. It helps that the prenatal nutrition program classes I’m teaching serve lunch, so I don’t have to worry about packing a lunch 3x a week!

    I didn’t grow up ever trying Indian food because I tended to avoid most ethnic cuisines because of my nut allergies. I’ve made homemade channa masala and dahl though, and I liked them both!

  6. Mmm, that burger looks great. And super easy, which I’m all about. I looove Indian food, and eat it very frequently here. Garlic naan, tandoori chicken, various fire-breathing curries. The best!

  7. Mmmm burgers are a great idea to take to work. I hardly ever do food prep, but yesterday I actually did it! I try to make big salads with ingredients that can also be used for other things, like mix-ins for eggs and such.

  8. I always take sauteed chicken, turkey or beef burgers to work with like a baked sweet potato or marinated salad. It’s so easy! I have organic ground beef on hand…so, you might see these popping up on instagram this week. Thanks for this yummy recipe!

    I once made this burger with lemon zest butter in the middle of the patty and it was freaking awesome. I gotta say, those Bon Appetite magazines know what they’re doing.

  9. These sound delish because Indian food is my favorite food! Granted, I only really eat chicken curry over and over, but oh well. I can’t imagine Indian spices with beef since that’s not something you normally see, but I bet it would be great! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with cumin!

  10. Now even I think I can handle these, and I am not a chef by any stretch of the imagination haha. You may have just inspired me to break my breakfast for dinner streak which had been going strong for weeks 😉 i typically food prep my salad stuff for the week (cut veggies and whatnot) so all I have to do is throw it all together each night, which makes it a lot easier.

  11. I definitely always say “Snap, Crackle, Pop” way too much hahaa I’m so glad you did too! The burgers look good! I’ve been trying to incorporate curry into my own cooking. I’m thinking of making a curry hummus soon because I don’t do meat, but like the flavor.

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