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Pickles and Greens Burger
What makes this burger special?
The original catalyst for the entire BurgerFit idea came from eating a pickle that I thought tasted like worcestershire. I instantly made the connection that if the pickle tasted this good by itself, I had to know what it would taste like in a burger. And here we are, several years later with several reipes and a cookbook.
I also have a fun story about this burger when I first started making it. We had friends visiting from out of town who were considering a move to Tennessee. We grilled out one night and invited over some other friends from town. I made the Pickle & Greens BurgerFit burgers without telling anyone. At the end of the night, they were raving about the burgers and asked what was in them. When I told them pickles, the wife replied with “Oh, wow! I usually hate pickles!” It goes to show that even if you normally don’t like a vegetable that is in a BurgerFit burger, try it once. You never know, you may just like it!
Why eat the Pickles & Greens BurgerFit Burger?
All greens are full of a variety of vitamins and minerals with amounts varying by variety. Greens are also an excellent source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these phytochemicals help protect the eye by warding off macular degeneration. I always look at the ingredients on the pickle jar and purchase the ones that are low in sugar to keep the burgers healthier.
Get the Recipe
This recipe is super easy to prepare and you’re going to have a blast making them!
Pickles & Greens BurgerFit Burger
- 1 tablespoon cooking fat
- 3 cups greens of your choosing spinach, collards, swiss chard, kale, etc.
- 2 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
- 1/2 cup pickles
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 lb ground meat
- Heat a skillet on medium heat with 1 tablespoon cooking fat. Add the greens, 1 clove of garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Once cooked, add the greens, pickles, garlic, and mustard to the food processor. Let the mixture cool completely.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground meat and remaining teaspoon of salt. Gradually incorporate the vegetable mixture into the ground meat. Add as much as you can while still being able to form your burgers as normal.*If you end up adding too much vegetable mixture, don’t worry! Just form your burgers and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cook burgers on medium heat on the stove for 5 minutes on each side or to your preference. Cooking times can vary.
- Optional: Serve over a bed of greens with tomatoes, and onions.
What Would Alane Do?
I always look at the ingredients on the pickle jar and purchase ones that are low in sugar to keep them healthier. I also like throwing in a couple tablespoons of pickle juice while I am mixing together the burger meat.
Meet our Founder
Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!