Recipe courtesy of David Kadagishvili

Biryani Burger with Mango Salsa and Yogurt Sauce in Grilled Naan Pockets

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings


Naan Pockets:

Mango Salsa:

Yogurt Sauce:

Biryani Beef Patties:


  1. Begin preparing the naan pockets by dissolving the yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water in a mixing bowl. Place on mixer with dough hook and let stand 5 minutes. In separate bowl stir together remaining water with yogurt and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and add 1/2 cup of flour to the yeast mixture. While mixer is on, add the yogurt mixture. Slowly add remaining flour until well incorporated. Mix on high speed for 5 minutes. Remove from mixer and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Keep in warm place and allow to rise for 30 minutes. On a floured surface, divide and roll dough into 6 balls. Place on floured baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise 30 more minutes.
  2. While naan is proofing, make the mango salsa by combining chopped mango, avocado, onion, strawberries, tomato, garlic and cilantro. Squeeze the juice from the lime over ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Prepare a medium-hot charcoal grill. (You may use a gas grill or grill plate on stovetop.)
  4. To make the yogurt sauce, place the cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic in small food processor and puree. Add to yogurt and mayonnaise and combine. Cover and refrigerate.
  5. To make the biryani burgers, place the cubed meat in a bowl. Add onions, cilantro, garlic and curry paste. Mix together and feed through a meat grinder to make coarsely ground meat. Form into 6 patties, approximately 1-inch thick. Place on tray or baking sheet, cover with plastic and keep in freezer until naan is grilled.
  6. Take the naan dough and flatten into 6-inch circles. Place dough on hot grill rack and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Dough should puff. Remove from grill when naan becomes golden brown. Keep warm. Clean grill to remove flour from rack.
  7. Remove patties from freezer. Place patties on hot grill rack and then close cover. Cook 12 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness, turning once after 6 or 7 minutes.
  8. To assemble burger, take a naan and carefully slice open the puffed pocket. Spread yogurt sauce on the inside of naan pocket. Place a burger in the pocket and top meat with a generous portion of salsa. Serve hot. Bon Appetit, Food Network!

Cook’s Note

To expedite the process, store bought ground meat can be substituted for cubed meat. Pita pockets can be substituted for making and grilling naan pockets.