Our new recipe this week is the fabulous naan burger, a dish we dreamt up whilst possibly under the strong influence of one two many curries. This is what happens when you try to combine an Indian dish with a burger, and, well, it’s pretty epic.
The concept of the naan burger is simple, though it may at first alarm you. You take a naan bread and you cut it in half to use as your burger bun. You cook up a couple of slim burgers to fit in the middle. You add some spoonfuls of curry. Now you try to eat it.
I’m not entirely sure how this one came to be, but it was certainly a flash of sheer inspiration. “Can we possibly do this, or is it madness?” I asked J.
“It’s madness,” he said, “but let’s do it.”
What is definitely madness is actually trying to put one of these in your mouth. It was impossible, clearly. I did try it, because I never admit defeat in the face of a burger until it is certain. But I ended up with a loose burger skittering away from my naans. Actually, it’s a lot easier to eat these with the traditional naan scooping method, or to balance parts of the filling (including burgers) on top of the naans while you take a bite.
It’s a pretty tasty mixture and it definitely works. We love this particular curry sauce (Bengali coconut) and have been using it for a quick and easy after-work meal. It’s nice on its own, but with a naan included, it’s perfection. We tend to prefer peshwari or garlic and coriander.
Enough rattling on from me – here’s the video, and all the info you need to make them for yourself:
A curry and burger held together inside a naan bun.
- 2 naan breads large
- 4 Quorn sausage patties or other thin burgers
- 5 mushrooms
- 1 handful cherry tomatoes
- 1 red pepper
- 1 sachet Bengali coconut curry sauce or make your own
Fry the sausage patties until cooked, following packet instructions
Meanwhile, heat the naans in the oven for a couple of minutes after sprinkling with water.
Setting the patties aside, stir fry your vegetables until almost cooked.
Add the packet of sauce and stir through until hot.
Meanwhile, cut the naans in half to create two similarly-sized and shaped parts.
Place one naan piece on the plate, them top with a spatula full of curry. Add a burger, top with curry, add the second burger, and top with curry again. Finally, add the second half of the naan on top and push down a little to keep it all in place.