Spicy Bun-less Burgers

by Scott Bell

Veal burgers with curried cauliflower and tomatoes

Veal burgers with curried cauliflower and tomatoes

These simple burgers are inspired by this habanero-in-protein recipe. Not overly spicy, but very bright and delicious.


  • 1lb ground meat (I used veal — lamb or beef or poultry would work)
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 2tsp minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Dice the habeneros to your preference for appearance and heat distribution
  2. Whisk the egg in a large mixing bowl
  3. Combine the egg with habaneros, minced garlic, and pepper
  4. Add the ground meat
  5. Salt — I do this after adding the meat because I’m accustomed to judging the amount visually. Be liberal!
  6. Using moistened hands, form into 4 evenly-sized balls. Don’t over-work or over-compress.
  7. Place in a pre-heated skillet at medium heat
  8. Smash into shape using a spatula, making them thinner than you want them to end up after cooking
  9. Leave them completely alone until browned on one side, then flip once