From Karachi to California: The Pakistani-American Kitchen


Sarah Sheikh Bridge

Sarah Sheikh Bridge's interest in cooking began in her mother’s kitchen, and while she has yet to master the art of Pakistani cooking, she has a lot of fun practicing.

Masala Burgers with Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Masala Burgers With Cilantro-Mint Chutney Photo credit: Eshaq Shafi
Burger Masala Photo credit: Eshaq Shafi


1. Begin by sautéing the onions in the vegetable oil over medium heat until translucent. Allow to cool. Place in a large bowl along with the remaining ingredients and mix well.

2. Divide the mixture evenly into 6 parts and form patties. Indent the middle of each patty to prevent them from puffing up while cooking.

3. Grill over high heat, 5-7 minutes on each side for medium-well and 7-10 minutes for well-done. Place each patty on a hamburger bun, and top with Cilantro-Mint Chutney and other toppings as desired.

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Cilantro-Mint Chutney Photo credit: Eshaq Shafi


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. For an even spicier chutney, leave the vein of the jalapeño intact.