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Up close shot of turkey burger on a bun with tzatziki, arugula, tomato and onion slices
Course Main Course

Healthy Turkey Burger Recipe

By: Elysia
Servings 4 burgers
These healthy zesty turkey burgers make a quick lunch or dinner, and are packed full of delicious flavour! {Paleo, gluten-free, keto & low carb}
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 26 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey can also sub in ground chicken
  • 1 small zucchini grated (about 1 cup grated zucchini)
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients for the burgers to a medium sized bowl and mix until combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into four evenly sized patties.
  • To grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high. I recommend grilling the burgers from a frozen state as they'll be less likely to fall apart on the grill. Ease the burger patties onto the grill and do not move them for 6 minutes, leaving the cover of the grill open.
    After 6 minutes, flip the burgers just once and let them continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the burgers release from the grill and the interior temperature of the thickest part of the burgers reaches 165°F. Transfer the burgers to a clean plate.
  • To bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Garnish burgers with desired toppings and serve with or without a bun.

Notes

  • If your shredded zucchini contains a lot of moisture, be sure to wring it out really well with your hands or using cheesecloth before adding to the meat mixture to prevent the burgers from being too moist.
  • If you choose to grill these burgers, I highly recommend forming the patties and freezing them for at least 20-30 minutes before cooking. This will help them keep their shape.
  • If grilling these burgers, be sure to grease the grill really well to prevent the burgers from sticking. 
  • Mix burger mixture with hands to ensure ingredients are well incorporated. You can coat your hands in olive oil to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  • Don’t over mix, as it may cause the burgers to dry out. Instead, mix until just combined, and then form into patties.
  • Make a thumbprint in the middle of the each patty to keep the burgers from puffing up on the grill.
  • Flip the burgers only once during cooking. You want to avoid handling them too much or you run the risk of them falling apart.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 22gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 332mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 954IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
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