Thursday, August 8, 2013

Harvest Turkey Burgers

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables and I love to try new ways too cook with it. I've done zucchini cakes, grilled zucchini, and zucchini spaghetti. Yesterday I decided to grate it like I would for my zucchini cakes and add it to some ground turkey for half meat/half veggie burgers! You could also make these into meatballs and they would be equally as delicious.

Harvest Turkey Burgers

Ingredients (makes about 5 burgers):
1/2 lb of extra lean ground turkey
1 medium zucchini, grated with skins and drained of extra moisture
1 10oz can of tomatoes and green chilis, drained
1/2 of a red onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup of grated pecorino romano cheese
1/2 of an avocado or 1 egg (to bind)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray (or drizzle olive oil). Form your patties/balls and top with another spritz of cooking spray, as well as a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook for 40 minutes if making burgers or 30 minutes for meatballs.

You can eat these on a burger bun, or you could serve over a salad, or some zucchini spaghetti! They taste great with homemade marinara sauce or even barbecue sauce.

Enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 170 per burger
Total Fat: 3.6g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 795mg
Carbohydrates: 19.3g
Fiber: 1.9g
Sugars: 7.7g
Protein: 14.5g