Ground Turkey & Zucchini Burgers



The trick to juicy turkey burgers is zucchini!

Let’s talk turkey for a minute.  Turkey burgers to be exact.  I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard, “I don’t care for turkey burgers.”  Can you guess the number one reason people say they don’t care for them?  Dryness.  Turkey burgers tend to dry out to quickly.  Well not any more!  I have a perfect secret to making the moistest, juiciest, most flavorful turkey burgers!

The secret weapon?  Zucchini!  I kid you not.  Zucchini keeps these burgers juicy and moist while adding little “veg” to the meal! Adding zucchini also lowers the calories per serving because you get five normal sized patties out of 1 pound of ground turkey instead of the usual four. Serve them with your favorite burger toppings, whole wheat buns or lettuce to keep the carbs low.  Or you can serve them covered in Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado salad like we did (recipe to come)!

You will want to make these burgers ahead of time so they can sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  This helps the ingredients to meld together and the burgers to firm up so they hold their shapes while on the grill.  Another wonderful thing about these burgers is they freeze!  You freeze them and throw them straight on the grill still frozen!  No more running out for fast food burgers when you forget to thaw something for dinner!  You can have healthy burgers in just a few minutes, at home!

*Note: Make sure you squeeze all the excess liquid out of the zucchini before adding to the bowl.  To do this, just place the grated zucchini on a layer of paper towels, bunch the layer into a ball and squeeze!




Serving Size: 1 Patty

Ground Turkey & Zucchini Burgers

2 hr, 10 Prep Time:

10 minCook Time:

2 hr, 20 Total Time:

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  • 1 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated and squeezed of all moisture with paper towels
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Squeeze the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and ketchup.
  3. Make 5 equal patties but not too thick so they cook evenly.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours so flavors intertwine and it helps the burgers keep their shape.
  5. Spray the grill with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  6. Cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.