Turkey zucchini burgers

Turkey zucchini burgers

We all know that many of us crave a juicy, hot burger, frequently off the grill especially in summer! Consider this: a healthier burger patty with Greek flavors, served in a bun with your favorite burger toppings or go full Mediterranean with hummus or tzatziki sauce! Summer is here…so go for an adventurous ride on this burger express!

Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey: It is best to choose 93%/7% fat (or leaner, although you might reduce the juicy feel the leaner you go). At equal fat percentages, turkey has the same amount of fat as beef, however it is lower in saturated fat. Ground turkey instead contains more polyunsaturated fat, which is a protective, healthier type of fat. Lean ground chicken may be substituted if some of you are not fans of turkey meat.
  • Zucchini: shred with a box grater or in your food processor. THIS NEXT STEP IS IMPORTANT! Squeeze out excess moisture in a strainer or towel; otherwise your patties will not hold together and you will end up with “turkey crumble” and not turkey burgers!
  • Whole wheat panko breadcrumbs may be replaced with regular breadcrumbs, Consider this as a cost savings: you can even make your own breadcrumbs by letting stale bread that has been hanging around just fully dry.
  • Garlic: Always a tasty and healthy ingredient. Remember that grating the garlic creates a stronger flavor than mincing and ensures that the flavor integrates with the other ingredients.

How to make turkey zucchini burgers:

  • Place the ground meat in a large bowl and add all the other ingredients.
  • Hand mix until well combined. Yes, think play dough and just knead it! Then form 6 to 8 patties depending on how large you want them. Be careful to make them as evenly flat as possible…..you don’t want balls!
  • Cook on medium high heat in a cast iron skillet with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking. Burgers are ready when you no longer see pink inside. If you have a meat thermometer, internal temperature should be 165°F. It takes about 5 minutes per side and should have a bit of a crisp brown look on each side.

How to eat turkey zucchini burgers

  • You can go full All-American by serving in a bun with the usual burger toppings
  • You can go without the bun with just the cooked burger patty simply served on a plate with a side salad or any vegetable. The crazy combo in the picture above consists of sauteed apples and red cabbage sauerkraut… I know it’s for the adventurous out there, but I swear to you it tasted AWESOME!
  • Another option is to have your burger wrapped in lettuce leaves for a low-carb vibe
  • Special note: the raw burger patties may be frozen raw (wrapped individually). To use them later, thaw overnight in refrigerator and cook as per above. On the other hand, they may be cooked directly from frozen; however, it will just take longer and results can be inconsistent.
  • Can also be frozen after being fully cooked and reheated 60 to 90 seconds in the microwave.

Other recipes to try:

Black bean burgers

Turkey sausage

Turkey black bean chili

Hummus

Cilantro jalapeño hummus

Turkey zucchini burgers
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Turkey zucchini burgers

A healthier burger patty with Greek flavors. Serve in a bun with your favorite burger toppings, or go Mediterranean with hummus or tzatziki sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
  • Shred zucchini and place into a strainer to squeeze out excess moisture. Add to the mixing bowl.
  • Chop onion and parsley finely and add to the bowl.
  • Grate garlic cloves over the bowl.
  • Add breadcrumbs, crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Beat the egg lightly in a small bowl and add to the mix.
  • Mix with a spatula or with your hands until well combined.
  • Form 8 patties (or 6 if you want larger patties).
  • Cook in a bit of olive oil in a hot cast iron pan, about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink (internal temperature should be 165°F).

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Turkey zucchini burgers
Amount per Serving
Calories
150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Cholesterol
 
60
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
247
mg
11
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
5
g
2
%
Dietary Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Total Sugars
 
1
g
1
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
0
g
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
281
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Vitamin D
 
0.4
µg
3
%
Calcium
 
74
mg
7
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
256
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars

    5 stars
    an outstanding burger choice that does not disappoint!

  2. 5 stars
    These burgers are moist, super flavorful and easy! Love this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Moist, super flavorful and EASY. Love this burger!

  4. 5 stars
    These zucchini turkey burgers are absolutely delicious so moist very tasty we love them this is my go to recipe from now on thank you!

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