As you know I am one who loves to fire up the grill but I am also looking for healthier option that do not sacrifice flavor and taste. My wife asked if I wanted to give feta-zucchini turkey burgers a try, I was ready to fire up my Char-Broil grill. This burger hit both topics, healthier with the addition of zucchini (which was a fan favorite in my backyard garden this year) and switching from beef to turkey. That said it sure didn’t suffer when it came to taste and flavor. When I posted it to my IG, some of you wanted me to post this recipe so here it is.
A tip if you want to make these outside on the grill, make the patties ahead and keep them well chilled in the refrigerator (or put them in the freezer for 15 minutes) so they stay firm. I was struggling with this a bit when trying to get a spatula underneath the burger. Also spraying down the grill will also help. I know others use those grill pads. If that works for you, do it. If you use one that you love, let me know in the comments below.
For the burgers:
- 5 oz grated zucchini, when squeezed 4 oz
- 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp grated red onion
- 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- oil spray
For the salad: (optional)
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 3/4 cup quartered grape tomatoes
- 2 tbsp chopped red onion
- 1/3 cup kalamata olives, from Salad Savors
- 1/4 cup roasted peppers, from Salad Savors
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp fresh oregano
- 1 tsp olive oil
- kosher salt
- 1 tbsp crumbled feta, from Salad Savors
- Squeeze ALL the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well, add 1/4 cup of feta cheese, mix and make 5 equal patties, not too thick so they cook in the center.
- Refrigerate until ready to cook.
- In a medium bowl combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, vinegar, salt and remaining Feta. Mix well.
- To cook indoors: Heat a large nonstick skillet on high heat. When hot, lightly spray oil. Add burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook on one side until browned, then flip. Flip over a few times to prevent burning and to make sure the burgers are cooked all the way through.
- If grilling: Clean grill well before cooking and oil the grates generously to prevent sticking. Cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center.
- To serve, place the burger on a dish and top with 2/3 cup of salad.