Turkey and kale burger

A tasty and nutritious summertime staple!

So many people have told me recently that they are trying to reduce or even eliminate their consumption of beef, and I realized that my family’s protein preferences have gradually been shifting as well. While I love a good, old-fashioned beef burger, I wanted to come up with an alternative and this is it! It’s so tasty, it’s already made it to the regular rotation over here. Nutritious and flavourful, these burgers have a great texture too. You can make them gluten-free by swapping out the breadcrumbs for quick-cooking rolled oats (or use gluten-free breadcrumbs). Top these burgers with whatever cheese your family prefers – feta was a winner in our house, but I’m thinking some provolone or Swiss might be delicious as well.


  • 1 pound (454 g) lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped fresh kale
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) grainy mustard or Dijon
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Panko breadcrumbs or quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 3 ounces (85 grams) feta (or other) cheese, cut into 6 narrow slices
  • Buns and condiments, to serve


  • Put ground turkey in a bowl. Add all other ingredients (except cheese) and mix well with your hands, distributing kale and seasonings evenly throughout the meat.
  • Shape into three large burger patties, each about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.
  • Place the patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least an hour (or cover and let stand in fridge for up to 24 hours) before cooking.
  • At this point, burgers can also be frozen, tightly wrapped, and stored for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before cooking.
  • Grill on the barbeque or cook in an oiled cast iron pan until burgers reach 165F.
  • Place two slices of feta on each burger and cook a few minutes more until cheese has melted.
  • Serve on toasted buns.

Makes 3 burgers; can easily be multiplied.



Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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