Skinny Kale Burgers

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Enjoy Kale Burgers the traditional way with all the trimmings, or all by themselves. They’re delicious either way.

Skinny Kale Burgers

Skinny Kale Burgers

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 235 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 40 g | Sodium: 117 mg | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 11 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3


  • 1 bunch curly kale, remove from center stem, chop into small pieces (use a food processor if available)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (recipe for homemade bread crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used White Whole Wheat which is not enriched), plus more if needed


  1. Add 2 teaspoons oil to a medium skillet, heat to medium, sauté onion and carrots until tender, about 4 minutes. Add finely chopped kale and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, dried thyme and salt, sauté one additional minute.
  2. Rinse skillet and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil.
  3. Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Shape into 4 patties.
  4. Tip: Add additional flour one teaspoon at a time, if needed to hold mixture together.
  5. Heat skillet to medium heat, add patties and cook until browned on both sides, approximately 6 minutes per side.
  6. NOTE: This recipe can also be made into meatless meatballs.

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