Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

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.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 303
  • Calories from fat: 42%
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 94mg
  • Sodium: 633mg
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 26g

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

  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.
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