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Broccoli Rabe Burger topped with Fresh Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Broccoli Rabe has as long as I can remember been a top shelf food in my family. We've sauteed it, made sausage with it, steamed it, and topped pizza with it, but our all time favorite way to prepare it is in a burger. Especially in summer when we are able to walk ouside my parents' home and pick fresh beefsteak tomatoes, cherry peppers, and parsley. It is with this mouthwatering thought I am entering this recipe.


2 pounds Angus ground chuck
1/4 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
11/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano grated cheese, 2 eggs
Broccoli Rabe
1 pound broccoli rabe, cleaned, broken into small pieces, and blanched
3 large fresh garlic cloves, chopped
1 small red cherry pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
Tomato & Red Onion Salad
2 large beefsteak or vine ripened tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
6 Whole Wheat Buns
Vegetable Oil for Grill Racks


Put all pattie ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with hands. Put aside and prepare broccoli rabe.

In a large skillet heat oil. Add garlic, and red cherry pepper. Cook until garlic is light golden brown. Add blanched broccoli rabe and salt. Reduce heat cover and cook over medium heat until broccoli rabe is tender, but not soft, about 4-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool. While you're waiting for broccoli rabe to cool prepare tomato and red onion salad.
Slice off top and bottom of tomatoes and cut each into three slices. Spread tomatoes on a large plate. Cut top and bottom off of onion, peel and chop into small pieces. Arrange red onion over tomato slices. Sprinkle olive oil, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder over tomatoes and onions.
Add cooled broccoli rabe to pattie mixture. Using your hands, mix together and divide into 6 equal portions. Form into balls and press down to form burgers. Brush grill racks with vegetable oil. Cook over medium heat ( about 4 minutes on each side depending on preference) on preheated gas or charcoal grill.
Place cooked burgers on buns and top each with tomato and red onion salad.


You'll be using your hand a lot so make sure they're nice and clean.

I use Colavita extra virgin olive oil.

Broccoli rabe and fresh tomato and red onion salad can be prepared in advance.

Broccoli rabe can also be blanched and frozen in a freezer bag (lay flat in freezer) Just remember fresh is always better.