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Zucchini Burgers

Photo: Eva Kolenko; Styling: Karen Shinto

Total time 1 hr, 5 mins

Makes 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

We've given the veggie burger a serious upgrade, with browned mushrooms, nuts, and spices in the shredded zucchini patties, and raw zucchini ribbons on top for freshness.


  • 3 medium zucchini (1 to 1 1/4 lbs. total)
  • About 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • About 1/2 tsp. pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 1 1/3 cups cooled, cooked brown rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 583
  • caloriesfromfat 51 %
  • protein 16 g
  • fat 34 g
  • satfat 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 57 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • sodium 612 mg
  • cholesterol 110 mg

How to Make It

  1. Coarsely shred enough zucchini to make 2 1/2 cups. Toss in a colander with 3/4 tsp. salt and let drain. Very thinly slice remaining zucchini lengthwise, preferably with a handheld slicer, and set aside.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, shallot, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until mixture begins to brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper and the coriander and cumin. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Whirl almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Add rice, mushroom mixture, and eggs and pulse until rice is chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  4. Squeeze shredded zucchini a handful at a time to remove as much excess water as possible and add to rice mixture; stir until well combined. Divide into 4 portions.

  5. Toss long zucchini strips in a bowl with 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper and 1/2 tbsp. oil; set aside.

  6. Return nonstick frying pan to medium heat and add remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Set 1 portion zucchini mixture at a time on a wide spatula and shape into a 3 1/2-in. patty; slide into pan. Fry patties, turning twice, until deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer in center reaches 160°, about 15 minutes total. Squeeze a little lemon juice over patties.

  7. Spread muffins with mayonnaise. Set patties on muffin bottoms and top with tomato, onion, and a loose pile of zucchini ribbons. Set muffin tops in place.