Zucchini turkey burgers are just 5 basic ingredients and come out so juicy and flavorful – perfect for an easy dinner!
Hi from vacation!
We are away for the week with my family, my parents and my brother and his family and I am SO looking forward to a fun week with ALL the summer vibes! 🌞💦🌊
And we’re gonna get right to the food!
Today’s recipe is yet another alternative burger for you, my zucchini turkey burgers 💚
Here’s some of the other alternative burgers we’ve shared so far:
- Cheddar chicken burgers
- Spicy pork burgers with mango salsa
- Simplified veggie burgers (with a video!)
- Greek turkey burgers with tzatzikis sauce
- Black-eyed pea burgers (like hoppin’ John’s in burger form)
- Veggie packed veggie burgers
- Fiesta black bean burgers (sorry for the horrible photos)
Notice any trends there?
Not a beef burger in sight. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked one!
So here’s the truth: I’m not big on ground beef. Stopped eating it years and years ago and just haven’t ever gone back.
(In fact, there has yet to be, till this date, any recipe involving red meat on my blog at all. Cause I just don’t make it much…)
To be sure, my husband orders beef burgers left and right when we go out to a restaurant that has really good burgers (cause he has standards for sure!) and my daughter has chowed down on some restaurant beef burgers in the last few months when we’ve let her order out.
But me? Just not my thing.
I’d way rather have a veggie burger, chicken burger, turkey burger or even pork burger.
Is that weird?
Don’t know, but these zucchini turkey burgers are so juicy and so flavorful that you will never feel like you’re missing out! (Which is exactly the point!)
They are just perfectly seasoned and only require 5 ingredients (plus salt and pepper, which don’t count in my book).
Notes on zucchini turkey burgers:
- You can cook these burgers on the grill or in a skillet – whatever works for you!
- My package of ground turkey at the store is 1.3 pounds, so the recipe below is written for 5 burgers. If your ground turkey is just 1 pound, you can slightly reduce the quantity for each ingredient and make 4 burgers.
- We love our burgers topped with slices of cheddar cheese and served with ketchup or BBQ sauce.
- You can also add some red pepper flakes to the burger mixture if you want a little spice.
As for storing, you can keep extra burgers in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
(I always freeze the cooked patties, but you could freeze the uncooked ones too – just wrap up well in wax paper and put in a freezer-safe bag or container.)
And you know me – don’t forget the toppings!
Pile on the lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, cheese, salsa, guacamole or sliced or mashed avocado, and whatever else your heart desires!
Need some side dishes to go with these tasty burgers? Here’s a few ideas:
- Cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad
- Classic spaghetti salad
- Seared romaine with cheater’s Caesar’s dressing
- Southwestern orzo salad
- Spicy corn and radish salad
- Easy summer salad with a blender blueberry balsamic vinaigrette
I mean, really, so many sides and so little time!!
I hope you have a lovely, relaxing week, a happy 4th of July if you are here in the US, and I will see you back here next week for more deliciousness!
- 1.3 lbs lean ground turkey (I use 93% lean)
- 1 medium zucchini, grated (about 1/2 cup after squeezed out)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
- Combine ground turkey with zucchini, garlic, salt, pepper and onion powder. Mix until combined but don’t overmix.
- Divide the mixture into 5 equal patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add canola oil. Cook the burger patties over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes per side, until cooked through. (Alternatively, you can cook these on the grill.)
- If using, add cheddar or other cheese after you have flipped the burgers, so the cheese can melt down.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!
You can cook these on the grill or in a skillet.
My package of ground turkey at the store is 1.3 pounds. If yours is just 1 pound, you can slightly reduce the quantity for each ingredient and make 4 burgers.
We love our burgers topped with slices of cheddar cheese and served with ketchup or BBQ sauce. Other topping ideas: lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, cheese, salsa, guacamole or sliced or mashed avocado, anything else you love!
You could also add some red pepper flakes to the burger mixture if you want some spice.
You can keep extra burgers in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. I always freeze the cooked patties, but you could freeze the uncooked ones too - just wrap them up well in wax paper and put in a freezer-safe bag or container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 123mg Sodium: 424mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 32g