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)
How to Make It
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.
I wasn't expecting too much by these 'plain' ingredients. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor! My only issue was that my burgers fell to pieces-should've read the reviews that stated to add some breadcrumbs and perhaps squeeze out moisture from the zucchini. I did add a small handful of chopped scallions. yummy
Makes very delicious and flavorful turkey burgers. Got many compliments when I served at 4th of July BBQ. Be sure to drain excess moisture from grated veggies. I also added some plain bread crumbs to get to the perfect consistency for the grill.
This is an excellent recipe. Definitely dry the excess water off the veggies. I also add about 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs to pick up any remaining moisture. I've made this several times and love it, as does my boyfriend. It's a great way to sneak in the veggies :)
this did not turn out for me...the burgers were too wet and one fell apart in the pan. I tried these because the meatball recipe, done the same way, turned out awesome. Maybe, I need to try again and tweak something...or drain the veggies on a papertowel, first.
This recipe was ok. watch adding too much thyme! mine were too tymey. Also, did anyone else have a problem with the burgers still looking pinkish in the middle? I cooked the heck out of them and still saw pink. I think maybe it's from the carrots? I used extra carrots. Maybe they would have been better if I hadn't cooked them so much. Over all good flavor though. I'm going to throw away the extras though due the pinkness. I'm just neurotic. I will probably try again someday.
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