Grilled Turkey-Zucchini Burgers


Zucchini is the magic ingredient in these extra juicy turkey burgers.

Open-face Grilled Turkey-Zucchini Burgers with chips on the side on a white plate
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

A delicious burger doesn't have to be unhealthy. Case in point: These zucchini-packed turkey burgers, which bring welcome moisture to the traditionally dry meat and add volume so the patties are extra hearty. Eggs help bind the patties together, while garlic powder and cumin bring extra flavor. A combo schmear of honey mustard and mayo adds irresistible creaminess, while the classic duo of tomato and lettuce layer on crisp freshness. Add pickles to the mix and this is an A+ weeknight burger. When it comes to burger buns, one can never go wrong with brioche buns. Keep it simple and serve with sweet potato chips, or other root vegetable chips, for a crispy and satisfying side.


  • 1 medium zucchini, grated (1 ½ cups loosely packed)

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground turkey

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • .50 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Canola oil, for grilling

  • 4 burger buns, toasted

  • Sliced tomatoes, Bibb lettuce, mayonnaise, honey mustard, and pickles, for topping

  • Sweet potato chips, for serving


  1. Place zucchini on a clean kitchen towel and wring out excess liquid. Stir squeezed zucchini, turkey, egg, garlic powder, cumin, and salt in a large bowl. Divide mixture evenly into 4 portions; form each into a ¾-inch-thick patty.

  2. Heat an oiled grill to medium or a greased grill pan over medium-high. Add patties and cook, flipping once, until a thermometer inserted in center of patties registers 165 F, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Serve on buns with desired toppings and chips.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
18g Fat
24g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 548mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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