There is nothing better than a burger in the Summer months. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a traditional burger, look no further than these turkey zucchini burgers! The secret ingredient to make this turkey burger extra juicy is the ZUCCHINI. To read about all the health benefits zucchini has to offer, read the Healthline article here.
Recipe is Low in Fat
In this recipe, you’ll notice I utilize ground turkey breast which is relatively low in fat compared to most ground turkey or ground beef. In ground turkey breast there is only 2 grams of fat for every 4 ounces aka one burger. If you count macros or are watching fat intake, this is going to be very important for you. Of all the macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat), fat carries the most amount of calories per gram at 9 calories per gram of fat. If you’re interested in learning more about macronutrients you can read my article here. I also have a YouTube video explanation in that video to simplify it further.
Ground Turkey is More Sustainable
If you haven’t read my blog about sustainable food products, you can do so here. Traditional burgers and beef in general use a ton of resources and emit the most carbon emission when compared to all animal products. Whenever I eat animal products I try to choose the most sustainable options however this will significantly increase the cost. As Justin & I increase our wealth, we have considered spending more money on things that are valuable to us. Our health and sustainability of the planet is important to us and therefore although we are frugal, we tend to spend more on high quality animal products.
- I use my Kitchen Aid food processor to do the shredding for me. My food processor came with an attachment called the reversible shredding disc which finely shreds zucchini perfectly. You can purchase the 7 cup food processor here. If you want a slightly larger 9 cup food processor (which I would recommend) you can purchase that here.
- I cooked these on the stovetop which worked out perfectly. I cooked the burgers for 5 minutes on each side on a medium heat. If you were to grill them, ensure that they are frozen for about 30 minutes prior to grilling for the best texture and consistency.
- The turkey zucchini burgers are a bit sticky in nature so when forming the burgers, I prefer to use a large ice cream scoop. I use the back of the scoop or a wet spatula to press the burgers flat. If you choose to use your hands, you may want to dip your hands in water first or use a bit of flour.
- If you want to ensure the burgers are cooked perfectly, feel free to utilize a thermometer which should read ~165 degree for ground turkey breast.
Meal Prep Options
If you follow my blog, you know I meal prep Monday through Thursday. Yes, I eat the same foods for 4 days straight. That is why I choose relatively simple and plain foods so that I don’t get tired of it and can spice it up throughout the week.
Here are some ways to make this plain and simple burger fun and festive:
- Traditional: Place it between a bun (my favorite brand is Dave’s Killer Bread) and add condiments such as dijon mustard, red onion, avocado and tomato.
- Low carb: Eat it alone with a slice of melted cheese with a side of my favorite homemade roasted red pepper hummus and pita chips. You can find my recipe for homemade hummus here.
- Comfort food: Cut it up and eat it within a bowl of noodles or pasta with some olive oil, more sautéed veggies and grated cheese.
- Make it Fun: Turn it into a taco. Add salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream on top of the burger. Eat with a side of pita chips or my favorite tortilla chips which I always buy from Trader Joe’s.
- 1 lb. ground turkey breast
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 TBSP minced garlic
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Using a food processor or manual grater, finely shred the zucchini
- In a large bowl, combine the finely shredded zucchini with the ground turkey. Mix well
- Add all the spices and combine
- Warm olive oil on medium heat and begin to form burgers (this recipe should make about 4, 3 inch burgers)
- Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, only flipping once.
Turkey Zucchini Burgers
Recipes consulted in the making of this recipe:
Juicy Turkey Burger with Zucchini from Skinny Taste
Turkey Burgers from a fellow food blogger, Olena at I Food Real
Let me know in the comments below if you decided to make these turkey zucchini burgers! Do you meal prep? How did you spice up this very simple recipe? I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!