Dinner Tonight: Turkey Burgers Recipe

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Dinner Tonight: Turkey Burgers Recipe

Don't take me for a heretic. I would have never, ever made this recipe if hadn't come home all tired and beat from work and my girlfriend had it waiting for me. I don't have much patience for anything trying to be a hamburger that's not a hamburger. I don't even like it when ingredients are added to hamburger beyond salt, which makes most turkey burgers among my least favorite food items. Most are overly dry and bland, or so overstuffed with random ingredients as to resemble bad meatloaf. So imagine my surprise when I tasted this one--ripped from Real Simple magazine--and it was juicy.

Best part is, none of those saliva-inducing droplets came from added fat. Thank those shredded carrots and zucchini stuffed inside for keeping everything moist and ready for the grill. It won't be replacing beef-based burgers anytime soon, but for those wanting to take a break from the excessive fat or just looking to improve their shape before the beach clothes come out, here's one substitute I can get behind. And as everything should be from a magazine called Real Simple, it was a breeze to complete.

Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

  • Yield:makes 4 patties


  • 3/4 pound ground turkey

  • 1 zucchini, grated

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

  • Lemons


  1. 1.

    Combine turkey, zucchini, carrot, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and the cracked egg. Mix thoroughly together, and then form into four patties. 

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  2. 2.

    Slather some bread with mayo and a quick squeeze of lemon and construct.