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Turkey zucchini burgers - fresh, herby flavors and a cooking method to ensure that you never have dry burgers again.

Turkey Zucchini Burgers

Slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's Turkey & Zucchini Burgers

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 burgers


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1-2 zucchini, grated yields about 2 cups
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp mint, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-6 tbsp oil of choice for searing (I used olive oil, but vegetable or sunflower oil works well)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Combine all ingredients (except the searing oil) to make the burger mixture. Using clean, wet hands, mix well to combine. Be careful not to over-mix, resulting in dense burgers. Shape into ~8 burgers.

  3. Heat a large cast iron or oven-safe pan. Add oil and heat over medium temperature.

  4. Add the burgers to the pan, and sear until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

    If you don't have an oven-safe pan, transfer to a baking sheet after searing.

  5. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until just cooked through, being careful not to overcook.

Recipe Notes

Serve with cilantro vinaigrette or tahini sauce.