Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers with Garlicky Kale

Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers via @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy | recipe on queenofquinoa.me

Okay so we made burgers last night. Fat, juicy turkey burgers stuffed with quinoa and cilantro, covered with all my favorite toppings. And you know what?

They were freakin’ delish.

Like one of those meals that you wish would never end. One of those meals that you wish you could eat ten of and not feel stuffed to the brim, or fall into a two day food coma, or have my belly expand with a ginormous food baby.

But cilantro-quinoa turkey burgers are totally worth it, right?

Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers via @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy | recipe on queenofquinoa.me

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-ness in your mouth.

Maybe next time I’ll make them mini so I can actually eat ten and not regret it immediately after. Even though I’m still not sure I could eat ten mini burgers, but I could try. And even if the aftermath is feeling full for days (which obviously wouldn’t happen because I’m too obsessed with food).

Okay…so…these cilantro-quinoa turkey burgers.

Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers via @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy | recipe on queenofquinoa.me

Are they as good as they sound? Why yes, in fact they are. They’re just as good as they sound.

And they’re just in time for the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo. Although not overly full of Mexican flavors, these simple turkey burgers have just the right hint of latin flare. But the topping is what sends these burgers to a whole new level. Smashed avocado, sliced tomatoes and garlicky kale. Rich in flavor, uber healthy and so easy to make.

Oh and then I put them between my gluten-free english muffins. The perfect burger bun!

So, let’s whip out our grills and have some burgers, shall we?

Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers with Garlicky Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 bugers

Ingredients

    For the burgers:
  • 1 lb all natural ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • For the garlicky kale:
  • 4 cup lacinato kale, sliced into ribbons
  • 4 - 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (for sautéing)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional ingredients:
  • Gluten-Free English Muffins, toasted (or other buns of choice)
  • 1 avocado, smashed
  • 1 tomato, sliced

Instructions

  1. Mix the turkey meat with the quinoa, cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Shape into four burgers and set aside. Heat the great over medium high heat, grill the burgers until done, about 4 - 5 minutes per side.
  2. While the burgers are cooking, saute the kale and garlic in a skillet with the olive oil, until the greens have wilted and the stems are soft. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When the burgers have finished cooking, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. This help keep them juicy.
  4. Place burgers on one side of bun, top with avocado, then sliced tomato, then garlicky kale.
  5. Enjoy!
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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6 Responses to Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers with Garlicky Kale

  1. Another gem of a recipe! I think I will try it without the buns. I am ready to find a recipe that isn’t chicken. Turkey, of course. Plus, a favorite kale. Great combo. Thanks so much.
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  2. Carla Gonzalez says:

    I’m mexican, I live in Mexico and let me tell you this recipe does sound delicious!!! I gotta try it some time (soon, very soon, like today!). The “gucamole” makes it soooo mexican and I would probably add some jalapeño peppers on top of it all… Just because… Thanks for the recipe! I’ll let you know how they turned out :)

  3. Laura says:

    We made this recipe tonight because we had most of the ingredients in the house. We used ground chicken instead of turkey and non-lacinato kale but it was all delicious. Very inspired. It did take us longer on the time projections but I guess that includes trying to clean up as you go…it takes a long time for me to pick off the little cilantro leaves…Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jean says:

      Grab the cilantro bunch by the leaves and chop stems off ~ I have noticed cilantro stem pieces in my salsa so I figure getting a little stem in it isn’t going to matter. Hope that helps.

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