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Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

If you’re anything like me, you were raised on good old-fashioned beef patties.  There is something magical about the texture and rich flavor in a good beef burger.  I am right there with you 100%.

Then there are those moments where I flounder.  I find myself realizing that I need something other than red meat in my diet.  So I satisfy that finger and mouth feel by making a turkey burger instead.  Don’t expect to bite into turkey steak or anything here folks.  This is a totally different animal (literally).

This recipe has made my Top 5 recipes of the summer.  The fresh zucchini and carrot make this burger incredibly light and fresh.  And the flavors are hardly lacking.  Mister and I were licking our fingers dry after devouring these guys.  And yes… that isn’t beef you’re seeing there.

A few things to keep in mind when you cook with ground turkey:

1.  Use ground turkey that is a combination of dark and white meat if possible.  White meat dries out a lot easier.

2.  Do not overcook the turkey!  Whether it’s ground turkey or a whole roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, there is a very fine line between cooked turkey and dry turkey.  I steam my burgers as they finish cooking to help seal in moisture.

If you’re not convinced to try this fresh summer turkey burger, then at least convince your friend to make them and invite you over.  Then all you have to do is bring the beer, watch and enjoy.

Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yields: 4 large or 6 smaller burgers

Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Slices of crusty bread, buttered and toasted
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Lettuce leaves


  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, zucchini, carrot, garlic, egg, thyme, salt, pepper. Form the mixture into four to six patties. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on one side until the bottom is fully cooked, about 3-4 minutes. Try not to manipulate them too much so they stick together nicely. Flip the patties over, add a touch of water to your pan and cover the pan with a lid. Allow to cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until there is no trace of pink remaining. Try not to overcook the burgers (it happens fast).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Serve the burgers on the toasted bread with lettuce and lemon mayonnaise.


I do not recommend grilling these particular turkey burgers because the patties can be fragile, depending on how your mixture turns out.


This recipe was adapted from Real Simple Recipes.

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