Italian Broccoli Rabe Burgers

Italian Broccoli Rabe Burgers

Get those grills fired up; Labor Day Weekend is just about here! I don’t know about all of you but I was getting tired on the same old boring burgers so I decided to jazz it up. With some inspiration from a Food Network magazine where I spotted Broccoli Rabe sandwiches, I had my newest creation in mind. Seasoned beef and creamy cheese make these broccoli rabe burgers a summertime smash for your BBQs. 

All too often we go for the convenience of buying pre-made burger patties. I challenge you to switch this mindset and take the extra 5 minutes to make your own. When you mix your own meat you can add in spices, sauce, etc to enhance the meat and keep it flavorful. Don’t stand for thin disks of bland beef. I don’t have a grill so it’s rare for me to cook up true burgers. So when I do I use my stovetop (they still taste great) and I want to go all out on taste to make up for the lack of grill char that I am so used to.

I should also mention that the big slab of heirloom jersey tomato on this burger kind of seals the deal. Yes, the bitter spiced greens and the melty Italian cheese are great. However; the juicy center of ripe sweet tomato makes all the difference.

Take your burgers to some new heights this weekend at your barbecues. Don’t settle for the same old.

Make this true Jersey style burger with all its Italian influence.


…all for the love of the dish


Italian Broccoli Rabe Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ bunch broccoli rabe
  • ½ cup shredded Italian mix cheese
  • 2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper for burgers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper for broccoli rabe
  • 1 large tomato (Preferably heirloom)
  • 4 whole wheat burger buns


  1. Preheat grill or large pan on stovetop (over medium/high heat)
  2. Add the Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt and pepper to the ground beef. Using hand mix until combined. Form the beef into 4 patties.
  3. Grill or saute burgers until preferred doneness. I usually do about 3-4 minutes each side in the pan. Add cheese for the last minute. If you are cooking on a pan it helps to cover the pan to help cheese melt.
  4. Wash broccoli rabe and cut into 1 inch pieces. Saute with 1 tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Immediately put into a quick icebath for 5 second (Just throw in a bowl with some water and ice, it helps to pull out some of the bitterness). Add the broccoli rabe back to pan just to reheat for about 1 minute.
  5. Mix together remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil, the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in bowl. Toss the broccoli rabe in this sauce to coat.
  6. Wash and slice your tomato placing a thick slab in the bottom of each bun. But the burger on top of the tomato slice and then finish off with a heap of the broccoli rabe. No sauce needed, just some extra napkins!
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