Jun 12, 2014

Broccoli Rabe Turkey Burgers



These turkey burgers are flavorful and delicious – the perfect quick, weeknight meal! I skipped the bun, served them over lettuce and topped them with sauteed broccoli rabe, but this would also be wonderful on a slice of focaccia.

I adore slightly bitter taste broccoli rabe. Sauteed with garlic and oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes, it's one of my favorite vegetables.

My local organic supermarket carries incredible chicken broccoli rabe sausage, which is where I got the inspiration for this burger. I tried making it with ground chicken and ground turkey, and preferred the taste and texture of the turkey. To make the patties, I simply chopped up some broccoli rabe and added it to the meat along with Pecorino Romano and garlic. My husband loved them too, enjoy!



Broccoli Rabe Turkey Burgers
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 burger • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 260 • Fat: 13 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 27 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 339 • Cholesterol: 85 mg

Ingredients:

For the broccoli rabe:

  • 1 bunch (about 20 oz) broccoli rabe, washed, stems trimmed off
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

For the patties:

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

For the burger:

  • 4 slices large tomato
  • 4 large lettuce leaves



Directions:

Chop about 3/4 cups worth of leaves and flowers only of the broccoli rabe into very small pieces and set aside for the burger.

Cut the remaining broccoli rabe into 2-inch pieces. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, then add the broccoli rabe. Blanch for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, drain well and set aside in a colander.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the turkey, 3/4 cup chopped broccoli rabe, Romano cheese, garlic, salt and pepper (red pepper flakes too if using). Form into 4 patties and refrigerate until ready to cook.


Heat a large, deep sauté pan to medium-high heat, when hot add the olive oil and garlic and cook until golden about 1 minute, careful not to burn. Add the broccoli rabe to the pan and toss with garlic and oil, season with 1/4 tsp salt and crushed red pepper; cook about 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.

While that is cooking, cook the burgers on a hot skillet over medium-high heat for about 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through in the center.

To serve place a lettuce leave on each plate, top tomato slice and cooked burger. Finish with the cooked broccoli rabe and optional more grated cheese if desired.

32 comments :

  1. I love this idea! I can make it paleo friendly for my right now by omitting the cheese! Can't wait to try it! Love your blog!

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    1. Yes, I was going to suggest that! Thank you!

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  2. I am trying this! I LOVE broccoli rabe!

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  3. Mmmm this looks delicious! Loving the addition of Pecorino to the patties, bet it adds a lot of flavour and a bit of creaminess :) I hope you have a lovely evening :) x

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  4. These sound and look absolutely delicious! I haven't made burger patties at home in ages!

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  5. Sound amazing Gina! I made some turkey burgers yesterday with courgette and they were super moist and love them now! Definitely going to try these out!
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  6. This looks delicious. I love broccoli rabe but my husband does not. I wonder if I could sneak it into these burgers and he wouldn't mind. Either way he would grill them. Lovely!

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    1. My husband liked them, and he's not a fan either. I didn't put broccoli rabe on top of his, I topped his with mozzarella.

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  7. Spectacular burger. Adding a piece of fococcio bread though I must confess! Makes me feel a little manlier, you know, the roll bit. Can't just have just a bit of lettuce.

    Great way to sneak a little broccoli in my diet, sure need those veggies. Thanks!

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  8. Quick question, for your ground turkey do you use turkey breast or just regular ground turkey? Thanks!

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    1. Her recipe says 93%; I think the breast is usually 97/99% and would probably be a little too dry.

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    2. Not turkey breast, that would be so dry.

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  9. Had never done turkey burgers before I started getting your recipes and now I am loving all the variations. All the extras add so much flavor, even DH doesn't mind not getting beef. They are a special thing in their own right not a substitute being compared to a burger if that makes sense.

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    1. I agree with you completely. I find them so flavorful, they don't even need a bun. But I wouldn't exactly say they taste like a beef burger.

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  10. I've had the same chicken sausage, so I know the flavor combo is amazing GREAT idea for a burger!! So light without a bun too!

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  11. Would the patties hold together well enough to cook on a grill rather than in a skillet?

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    1. Ours held up well on the grill, and they were pretty loosely packed!

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    2. Yes, I also find refrigerating them first helps keep them together perfectly.

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  12. Gina, do you cook the chopped rabe first? Is it too bitter otherwise?

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    1. No I don't cook the rabe that goes into the burger, and in the burger its not bitter at all.

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  13. I live alone and am wondering whether if I make the full recipe, would the burgers freeze OK? I'm thinking I would wrap them individually and freeze uncooked. Then thaw before cooking. I love broccoli rabe and this is an interesting, fun way to serve it!

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  14. Sure, freeze them uncooked! These are very freezer friendly!

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  15. We just had these for dinner last night and they were amazing!!! However, we didn't have the broc. rabe and wanted to use the rest of the spinach so we substituted. We also added in some bell peppers that were starting to go past their expiration date as well as mushrooms. It still tasted great and extremely filing. I added a 2 point bun to make it even better.

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    1. You can use any veggie really! So happy you liked them!

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  16. Hi Gina: I just made the burgers with rapini and forgot the cheese but I didn't miss it at all. They were so delicious and I ate all the rapini! Thanks for a great site. I appreciate all the help with using my points well.

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  17. Wow, it looks so delicious, I like it.

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  18. hi, it looks like gorgeous, thank you for sharing :-)

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  19. There is nothing better on broccli rabe than a slice of sharp provolone. Worth the points. my mouth is watering

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  20. I made these by using some leftover cooked broccoli robe, just chopped it up and mixed it in. I also added about a tablespoon of whole wheat bread crumbs to the ground turkey, helped it firm up a bit. I wish I would have made the patties thinner, they were a little bit too thick and took forever for the inside to cook. Anyway, so yummy!!!

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