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
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 burger • Points+: 6 pts • Smart Points: 5
Calories: 260 • Fat: 13 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 27 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 339 • Cholesterol: 85 mg


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


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.