kale feta chicken burgers.


Triathlon training often means we don’t eat dinner until 9p or later because we’ve been out swimbikerunning for a few hours. There have been many nights where Nick and I inhaled enjoyed dinner while sitting on the sofa watching the Bachelorette or the Bachelor DVRed from three weeks ago (sorry to spill your secret, baby!), and I’m sure there will many more this year.

So, whatever we make for dinner needs to be healthy, tasty and simple to make. These bun-less, gluten-free kale feta chicken burgers fit the bill. They’re a snap to pull together and reheat really well – perfect to make ahead of time for those late(r) night dinners after a long training ride.

  • 2 stalks kale, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/3 cup of fresh basil, cilantro + parsley
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado

Add about a teaspoon coconut oil to sauté pan. Add diced onion and chopped kale, and sauté until wilted.

While the kale and onion are sautéing, chop fresh herbs. Add them to ground chicken and mix all together with the egg, garlic, salt + pepper. Add onion and kale and mix. Mix in feta. (Mixing with a fork or your hands works well!)

Melt another 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil to the pan used to sauté kale and onion.

Divide chicken mixture evenly into four pieces and form into balls. Place in pan, and flatten with a spatula into burgers. Cover pan and sauté each side on medium heat for 8-9 minutes.

Serve with avocado slices.

These were *perfect* with a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup (this kind is delish in a pinch) garnished with fresh cilantro and feta. And, they would be equally good on a spinach or kale salad, over quinoa, topped with more avocado and tomato slices, or, if you’re not gluten-free, sandwiched between a crusty bun.


Makes four quarter-pound burgers.




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  • Reply amikoch 01/22/2013 at 8:48 am

    Yummmm! I’m going to have to give these a try very soon. :) Did you make up the recipe?

    • Reply erin 01/22/2013 at 8:27 pm

      Do, Sis, and let me know what you think! Yup, was inspired by a few recipes on pinterest :)

  • Reply hyedi 01/22/2013 at 9:19 am

    Yum! So glad you posted this recipe :)

    • Reply erin 01/22/2013 at 8:27 pm

      It’s SO good!

  • Reply Emily Dingmann (@nutritionisteat) 01/22/2013 at 10:25 am

    So making these soon. Amazing.

    • Reply erin 01/22/2013 at 8:27 pm

      Enjoy, friend!

  • Reply Blair :: The Turquoise Heart 01/22/2013 at 6:35 pm

    This looks SO great! But…”dumb” question…where do you find ground chicken? I frequent Trader Joe’s so maybe I’m out of the loop :) xo!

  • Reply Luv What You Do 01/22/2013 at 8:59 pm

    These look fantastic! I have never added kale to burgers. Awesome idea!

    • Reply erin 01/24/2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks! I wanted to use spinach, but the co-op was all out. Glad it was because they turned out SO good!

      • Reply Luv What You Do 01/24/2013 at 8:24 pm

        No I think kale is a fantastic addition…even better because it was your second choice and turned out so good.

  • Reply Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run 01/23/2013 at 4:50 am

    Those look amazing, I will have to make them. I’ll use Olive Oil instead though, gorcery stores around here don’t stock coconut oil.

    • Reply erin 01/24/2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you! Bummer they don’t sell coconut oil. Does amazon or vitacost ship to Scotland?

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  • Reply Jen Schweigert 01/25/2013 at 6:47 pm

    Made these tonight! AMAZING!!

    • Reply erin 01/26/2013 at 11:55 am

      Yay! So glad you liked them, Jen!

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