Skinny Kale Burgers

4.67 from 3 votes

Veggie burgers even your meat-lover friends will gobble up!

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These kale burgers are packed with vitamins and nutrients and made with an oh-so satisfying blend of seasonings that will have even your most carnivorous friends begging for seconds. 

These are delicious when enjoyed the traditional way on a whole wheat bun with all the trimmings, but they’re equally good all by themselves or served on top of a salad, rice, or mashed sweet potatoes! They’re healthy and delicious no matter how you choose to eat them.

The Best Skinny Kale Burgers

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4.67 from 3 votes

Skinny Kale Burgers

A vegetarian delight, these kale burgers are full of healthy ingredients that will keep your body going.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 each
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 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 yellow onion diced
  • 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 egg 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


  • 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.
  • Rinse skillet and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Shape into 4 patties.
  • Heat skillet to medium heat, add patties and cook until browned on both sides, approximately 6 minutes per side.


Tip: Add additional flour one teaspoon at a time if needed to hold the mixture together.
This recipe can also be made into meatless meatballs.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1each | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 117mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Not only are these healthy kale burgers nutritional powerhouses, they’re also satisfying and delicious enough that even your meat-eating friends won’t be able to get enough of them. Make a big batch for your next barbecue, or turn them into meatless meatballs for your next Italian feast! 

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1 Comment

  1. Love these. Since I’m gluten intolerant I made some changes: potato flour, GF bread crumbs, added I T. Psyllium husk powder to mix. Whole egg.

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