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A plate of massaman burger with potatoes, onions and chilies.

Massaman Curry Burger

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The combination of massaman curry and ground beef patties are just perfect, so much so I've got recipes for massaman meatloaf and meatballs, too!


Burger patties:

  • 1 lb g ground beef 
  • ¼ of a large onion, finely minced (optional but recommended if the beef is lean)
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Note: You can substitute store bought plain burger patties to simplify things.

Burger Toppings:

  • ¾ of a large onion, julienned 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 medium russet potato, thinly sliced about 3mm (see note)
  • 4 burger buns, or serve them bunless with a side of salad
  • Pickled hot peppers or regular burger pickles (optional)
  • Lettuce (optional)

Note: If you’re serving fries, you can skip the potato slices and just put fries in your burger!

Massaman Curry Sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut milk, divided
  • 1 recipe semi-homemade massaman curry paste (recipe below) or 50g store-bought massaman curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 Tbsp cooking tamarind or ½ Tbsp Worcestershire sauce or a squeeze of lime (see note)
  • 1-3 tsp fish sauce, as needed  
  • ¼ cup finely chopped roasted peanuts, unsalted

Note: You can buy cooking tamarind at Asian grocery stores; they are labeled “tamarind paste” or “tamarind concentrate”. Do not use tamarind concentrate from India as it’s a lot more concentrated.

Semi-Homemade Massaman Curry Paste

Simply mix together the following:

  • 50g Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools I Use


For the patties: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine ground beef, minced onion, fish sauce and black pepper; mix together until well combined. Form into 4 patties and let rest in the fridge while you make the rest of the recipe.

For the sauteed onions: 

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add a little oil. Add the onion and a little sprinkle of salt and saute until soft, sweet, and caramelized, deglazing with water as needed if there’s a lot of browned bits stuck to the pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

For the potato slices:

  1. In the same skillet you used for the onion, add a little bit of oil and turn heat on to medium high. Lay the potato slices down in one layer (you may need to do 2 batches).
  2. Cover with a lid for about 2 minutes, then once the bottoms are golden brown, turn them over and cook the other side for another 2 minutes, covered, until fully cooked. Remove and repeat with the other half.

For the curry sauce: 

  1. In a small pot, add ⅓ cup of coconut milk and the curry paste, cook together over medium heat until it’s very thick and pasty.
  2. Add remaining coconut milk, sugar, tamarind and simmer for another 2 minutes. You should have a gravy-like consistency that’s thick enough to coat burger patties well. 
  3. Stir in peanuts.
  4. Taste and add fish sauce as needed. 
  5. Cover and keep warm while you cook the burgers.


  1. Cook the burger patties however you normally do them, on a pan or the grill. 
  2. Toast the buns, if desired, and line the bottom bun with lettuce.
  3. When ready to serve, dip the cooked patties into the massaman sauce to coat well and place them on the lettuce-lined buns.
  4. Top with 4-5 potato slices, sauteed onion, and pickles (if using).
  5. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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