Turkey Burger with Kale, Mushrooms & Onions

Turkey Burger with Kale, Mushrooms and Onions:

I’m usually a turkey burger girl with a bun and all the trimmings but currently I’m working hard at the endless process of losing the next 5 pounds. I can tell you that those 5 pounds truly love me because they certainly don’t want to leave me. I work out 5 days a week and eat healthy (the majority of the time) but love good breads and wines.  I can’t give up my wine! No, lets get it right, I will not give up my wine but am willing to give up bread for awhile. So here’s a different variation on the classic turkey burger. I build the same turkey burger without the bun but surround it with sauteed garlic kale, mushrooms and top it all off with grilled onions.  Delightful!  A different approach to a basic turkey burger with mad flavor.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Have a restful weekend!

Ali in the Valley

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Recipe for Turkey Burger w/Kale, Mushrooms and Onions


  1. 1 large maui or yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds

  2. 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus more for grill

  3. 1/2 pound shiitake or button mushrooms, quartered

  4. 1 pound ground turkey meat

  5. 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

  6. 1 bunch or bag of kale

  7. 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  8. 1/2 cup white wine or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  9. Seasoning salt and ground pepper (to taste)


Finely chop onions into thin rounds. In a large skillet, add 1/2 tbs olive oil and heat over medium-high; cook onions and mushrooms, 1/2 minced garlic and kale.  Add 1/2 cup white wine or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to skillet then cover with lid, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn. Cook until onions are soft, mushrooms are golden, kale is wilted down; about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and keep warm.

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 minced garlic to turkey, and parsley. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties; season with seasoning salt and pepper. In the same skillet, add additional 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Cook turkey patties about 4 minutes, flipping once until burgers are cooked through. Serve patties on top of the kale with mushrooms and grilled onions.

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