Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot Recipe
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Take a break from ground beef and use ground turkey for these open-faced burgers.  Add grated carrot and zucchini to the turkey mixture for extra flavor and nutrients.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 303
Caloriesfromfat 42 %
Fat 14 g
Satfat 1 g
Cholesterol 94 mg
Sodium 633 mg
Carbohydrate 20 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 26 g


3/4 pound ground turkey
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 medium carrot, grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 slices crusty bread
4 small leaves Boston lettuce
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (optional)


Heat broiler.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, zucchini, carrot, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and egg. Form the mixture into 4 patties.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties, turning once, until no trace of pink remains, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, place the bread on a baking sheet and brush with the remaining oil. Broil until golden brown and crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer the bread to individual plates. Top with the lettuce leaves and burgers. If using, combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl and serve with the burgers.

Upgrade: For extra zest, rub the bread with the cut side of a peeled, halved garlic clove immediately after removing the bread from the oven.

Kate Merker,

Real Simple

June 2007
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