Kale Beef Burgers

Kale Beef Burgers - North Texas Kids

Hamburgers Using Kale as a Binder Instead of Bread Crumbs

Ever on a quest to eat healthier, we’ve been experimenting to find an alternative to adding bread crumbs as a binder to homemade hamburgers and found a fabulous ingredient…. KALE! Sounds a bit weird, I know, but this super green combined with a bit of fresh cilantro adds a wonderful, smoky flavor and you end up with a tasty, moist burger that’s low carb and gluten free! These Kale Beef Burgers have become a quick family favorite. For kids who get picky when it comes to eating their veggies, this is also a great way to “hide” vegetables! I usually serve the kale hamburgers with either a green salad or sauteed asparagus on the side. Recipe below – enjoy!


  • 2 cups organic Lacinato kale or Dinosaur kale (I used bagged organic kale from Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 cloves, Garlic
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 large organic brown egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pink sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs of grass fed ground beef
  • Avocado oil to coat grill pan (or oil/spray of your choice)


Pulse the first four ingredients in a food processor until roughly minced. To the ground beef in a big mixing bowl, add the sea salt, black pepper and egg. Top off with the kale mixture and mix together by hand until the well blended. Form into 2 1/2″ to 3″ patties and grill on medium heat about 2 – 3 minutes on each side. I grilled these burgers in a grill pan on the stove, coating the pan with a drop of Avocado oil to keep the burgers from sticking.

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Mina Frannea

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