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Playing Eat-Your-Greens Burgers with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This recipe was featured in the September 2015 magazine of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.


  • 2 cups (packed) baby kale or baby spinach
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons grated onion with juices
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices Cooper sharp white American cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon green hot sauce (such as Tabasco Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce)
  • 4 brioche rolls, split and toasted
  • Lettuce, tomato and thinly sliced onion


Serves: 4


In a food processor, pulse the greens until very finely chopped.

In a mixing bowl, combine the greens and the meat. Add the onion and its juice, and the Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties that are thinner in the centers for even cooking. Rinse out the processor bowl and return it to the base.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add the oil, one turn of the pan. Add the patties and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 8 minutes. During the last minute or so of cooking, top each patty with 1 slice of cheese; tent loosely with foil to melt the cheese.

In the processor, combine the avocado, sour cream, herbs, lemon juice, garlic and hot sauce. Season with salt and process into a smooth, thick dressing.

Serve the patties on the rolls with the lettuce, tomato, onion and lots of dressing.