Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Zucchini Turkey Burgers

4 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 15 Comments

Somewhere — I think it was SkinnyTaste — I saw a turkey recipe with zucchini. I don’t remember the details but the thought stuck with me. Ground turkey is infamously dry and unlike beef, you can’t serve it slightly rare to counteract. Normally I mix in some oats as it helps to hold on to some moisture, but adding zucchini seemed like a great idea too!

I didn’t want to turn off The Boys with some crazy concoction I made up (I have a habit of doing that) so I kept the burgers themselves pretty simple. When I was cooking The Husband asked why I wasn’t making “regular” burgers to which I said, “Because I want a turkey burger and I’m not making 3 different meals.”

That shut him up. :)

When we sat down everyone just ate. They didn’t poke or prod. No faces or complaints. They just ate. Even this guys had almost a whole patty cut up…

Zucchini Turkey Burgers - Baby

No one said a word so I finally had to ask.

“What did you guys think?”

“Of what”

“The Turkey Burgers.”

“Oh! They were good.”


“Yea, I like them but not as much as a regular burger.”Zucchini Turkey Burgers

OK, I can deal with that. I hate when people think of turkey burgers as a beef replacement. It’s its own thing! And I love that I can now put them in rotation with our other summer meals. Especially now that I know both kids will eat them. BOTH!

Here’s what I did…

  • 20 oz Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I make my own with bread ends)
  • About 1 cup grated zucchini ~125g (1 small-medium size)
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt and Pepper

Put everything in a bowl.

Zucchini Turkey Burgers - igredients

Mix well and form into 7 patties just over 4 oz each.

Grill 6-7 minutes a side.

Zucchini Turkey Burgers - cooking

I roasted some root veggies and corn along side.

Zucchini Turkey Burgers - grill

It was a great summer meal!

Zucchini Turkey Burgers - meal

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 1 turkey patty
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
145 3g 1g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 0g 9g 23g

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    Krista S.

    June 16, 2012

    Those look great! I have one said to form them into 5 patties, but I see 7 on the grill. Are the nutritionals for 5 or 7? Isn't it awesome when everyone eats and doesn't complain? I'm lucky if I can get one or two meals each week like that.


    June 17, 2012

    It was 7! Not sure why I said 5. And yes.. it is awesome! Ryan's been pretty good, he knows better by now not to question what I made but I'm starting from scratch with the bean and the husband will forever be the hardest to please. lol


    June 17, 2012

    they look delicious - but I really wanted to say: when did the baby become a little boy?!! I guess it has been a while :) keep up the good work - mom cook writer - many hats!!


    June 18, 2012

    Nice work! I also have a picky husband and two whidgets. I think they would Like this.

    Lauren T

    June 18, 2012

    Looks great! I'd always used oats in my turkey burgers too, but zucchini is a great and healthy idea! Thanks for sharing!


    June 18, 2012

    Frances - I don't know! I was just thinking the same thing. That first year was way too fast!


    June 18, 2012

    When I watch a few cooking shows, some of them mention cutting up a apple or pear. This too will give it some mositure.

    joy Lupo

    June 18, 2012

    YUMMY!!! Made these last night; fabulous!


    June 18, 2012

    I tried the hamburgers tonight YUM! Loved them so did my 3 boys :) and I absolutely Love when I can sneak in veggies and they don't notice. Thanks for the recipe I will Be using it this summer. Now off to make the banana soft serve.


    June 19, 2012

    This looks amazing. I have never even thought about trying zucchini. However, I do use orange, red and green bell peppers and a little bit of feta or goat cheese. It's a favorite at our cookouts!


    June 19, 2012

    LOVE feta in turkey burgers. I have this one with spinach...


    June 24, 2012

    Glad your boys both liked them. I put grated zucc's in my turkey burgers too - along with sauteed onions and peppers, egg white, oats, and chili lime seasoning. Never dry....


    June 25, 2012

    I used to make turkey burgers all the time but it's been a while and I hav no idea why!! You have totally inspired me to put them back into rotation. I'm loving the addition of the shredded zucchini, great recipe!


    July 17, 2012

    Roni, Do you have a good sub for whole wheat bread crumbs? My husband has to eat low sodium, and bread tends to have a LOT of sodium. We do buy low sodium bread, but it is hard to find and i don't want to waste it on crumbs. Any good subs for bread crumbs that are low sodium? Thanks!! (PS..I'm gonna try adding some Zucchini to my skinny sloppy joe recipe like your "Veg-ed out" sloppy joes to use it up. We have a BUNCH of zucchini right now!)


    July 17, 2012

    I actually normally use Rolled Oats in place of breadcrumbs. You can run them through the processor to grind them a bit. Makes a great binder!