These are not the turkey burgers you have heard about. Far from the dry, flavorless hockey puck reputation that turkey burgers often receive (sometimes fairly, sometimes not), these burgers are succulent and flavorful, and nutritious too, thanks to the hearty winter vegetables baked right in.
I don’t want to overstate anything here, but these are literally the best burgers I have had in recent memory. And I can’t take much credit for them. The recipe was (very slightly) adapted from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Let Them Eat Kale. Now, a few weeks into the new year, is usually around the time when the healthy eating plans and detox diets start to get a little stale and the siren song of the cheeseburger gets louder and louder (just me?).
That, and one million other reasons, are why you should get your hands on this kind of cookbook. I love Let Them Eat Kale because the recipes are varied across meals and cuisines, but still stay well within the bounds of healthy eating, and – for obvious reasons – are built around vegetables and flavor, rather than fat and empty calories… like this burger! It’s seriously mindblowing, in case I haven’t already made that point.
PS: The bun pictured here is not gluten-free, but I ended up eating these burgers on a bed of slaw, which was amazing. I recommend doing that for the time being, but I have gluten/grain free roll and bread recipes coming up soon!
- 1 small head red cabbage sliced thinly
- 2 large carrots peeled and sliced into thin matchstick shapes
- 1 head kale I used curly, but the original recipe suggests dino, washed, stemmed and sliced thin
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon ginger peeled and finely grated
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots and kale together to combine.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients (oil, lime juice and zest, garlic and salt) in a separate bowl, then pour over the vegetables and toss to coat.
This recipe has been slightly adapted from Let Them Eat Kale and has been reprinted with permission from the author.