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Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep time 25 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
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.


  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.