I’ll be honest, a year ago I would have not dreamed of making a decent turkey burger. Dry grainy meat immediately comes to mind. But ya’ll this recipe seriously changed my mind. The zucchini and red onions keep the meat so moist and flavorful and when cooked on the grill there is the added smokiness and outer crunch. Even my five-year old loves these. Lets do this.
The guests of dinner: burger rolls, italian bread crumbs, red onion, zucchini, minced garlic, ground turkey and salt and pepper. Romaine lettuce and tomatoes for the toppings. I picked up these beautiful tomatoes from our local product stand and couldn’t wait to use them!
In a food processor combine 1 zucchini cut into large chunks and 1/4 cup red onions.
Food process the zucchini and red onion to a fine dice.
In papertowl or cheesecloth squeeze out as much moisture as you can. This helps keep the burger patties together. Mmmmm zucchini water? Maybe the next food trend….
In a large bowl add the zucchini mixture, ground turkey, bread crumbs and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Form patties. Keep them pretty thin to ensure they cook through. This recipe makes 4.
Cook the patties. I like them the most on the grill. I did spray the grates with oil spray to help them not stick. If it is rainy or cold they can definitely be cooked on the stove in a skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes per side.
Once cooked through serve on a burger bun with whatever toppings your little heart desires. I chose tomatoes, romaine, red onions and mayonnaise.
Now ain’t that a beauty.
Here’s the complete recipe:
TURKEY BURGERS WITH ZUCCHINI
5 oz grated zucchini (when squeezed 4.25 oz)
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs*
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tbsp grated red onion
1 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
Let me know your favorite ground turkey recipes! I would like more for my arsenal!
Until next time!