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Kale Quinoa Giardino Burgers

A taste of fresh, a hint of green and a lean towards the garden with gluten free Kale Quinoa Giardino Burgers. A guest post from the sisters Bernardi, Consuelo & Natasha, who love great food and forward fashion.

Consuelo & Natasha pen and post as beauty bloggers in the Ottawa area as a united force; Bernardi Beauty. Earlier this year they agave me a forum to blog about food, fashion and beauty (both inner and outer) as I approach fifty. I hardly consider myself a style icon! I’m generally found in checkered pants or denim, a ponytail and a bandanna (such is kitchen life), but I do know a think or two about staying healthy, happy and living my own brand of beauty.

We thought it would be fun to swap roles, with Consuelo & Natasha contributing a recipe to Food Gypsy. Like all recipes on this site, it’s kitchen tested for favour and accuracy. I love the fresh, earthy taste of kale combined with the ancient grain nuttiness of quinoa. In my kitchen I combined the Giardino (Italian for garden) patty with a sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic cream cheese and also tested it with guacamole & taco sauce. Two thumbs up from this Gypsy.


Bernardi SistersBeing Italian food is always a big part of every family get together. Growing up, what we ate was always homemade. It tasted wonderful because everything was fresh, not processed and most importantly, it was made with love.

Our childhood experience directly reflects our food philosophy as adults – we believe what we eat should be three things: natural, fresh and flavorful. It also has to look appealing – bright colors and different textures – no slosh!

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” – Michael Pollan

Here is our latest favorite recipe – it’s definitely Bernardi sisters approved!

The quest for a veggie burger or as my niece and nephew call it ‘The Giardino Burger’ all started with an episode of Curious George on TV. Chef Pisghetti was trying to perfect his latest creation, a ‘veggie burger’ for the local firehouse and he called it ‘The Giardino Burger’. After that episode the kids were obsessed with testing the Gairdino Burger. My sister and I found a great recipe that’s healthy, delicious and filling – so much so that you don’t even miss the meat. It’s the perfect burger substitute.

Bernardi Quinoa Kale - Bernardi Beauty

Inspired by this recipe at
With a few tiny modifications: we used a whole bag of frozen kale, a whole head of garlic and we added an extra egg. The results were amazing (and the kids LOVED THEM).

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Kale Quinoa Giardino Burgers

Prep time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 burger patties

2 ½ cups quinoa, cooked & cooled
6 cups kale, cleaned, deveined, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ onion, diced
½ cup chives, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup Parmesan, grated
1 cup bread crumbs (to keep it gluten free, use gluten free breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for cooking)


1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in skillet on medium heat, sweat onions and garlic, approximately 3 minutes. Add kale and cook until kale is bright green and soft; about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool competently, then add quinoa and mix.
2. Lightly beat eggs with Parmesan, chives and salt in medium mixing bowl. Add egg/cheese mixture to kale and quinoa, then bind with breadcrumbs and stir to combine. Form patties using a half cup of the wet mix, then chill in freezer for 8 – 10 minutes to firm patties.
3. Place clean skillet on medium heat and add enough oil to coat bottom of pan. Gently place patties in skillet, being careful not to splash hot oil or overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown on each side, approximately 5 minutes per side. Remove kale quinoa patties, drain on paper towel and serve.

Kale & Quinoa Giardino Burger - Food Gypsy

Cori Horton

Cooking in her home kitchen just outside Ottawa, Canada; Cori Horton is a food photographer and recipe blogger. A Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, Cori spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn and has been sharing all things delicious - right here - since 2010.

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