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zucchini turkey burger

Juicy and fragrant, the best way to describe this lean and C.L.E.A.N summer burger made with 93% lean ground turkey, fresh cilantro, fragrant cumin and topped with Greek yogurt cilantro aioli. Only 206 calories and 5 WW Points+ per burger!

After kids, I think food is the 2nd most beautiful thing in the world besides the world itself.

zucchini turkey burger

What makes this turkey burger super juicy is zucchini and onion. Eggs are not on the ingredients list, somehow I thought they were until last week.

zucchini turkey burger

Confession – I never made a homemade burger before. I know!

1. I didn’t know how.

2. I thought burgers are unhealthy.

3. I’m not a fan of store bought patties.

Lack of me being friends with homemade burgers doesn’t mean this zucchini turkey burger isn’t good. It is AWESOME! So easy too!

zucchini turkey burger

What you need to know about healthy zucchini turkey burger:

1. No eggs.

2. Zucchini makes burgers juicy. Squeeze out the liquid as hard as you can with your hands.

3. Onions makes burger juuuuuicy too. But save your tears. Buy Magic Bullet and puree it along with garlic clove instead of grating.

zucchini turkey burger

4. Let burger patties rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. It helps the patties stay together. Remember, no eggs.

zucchini turkey burger

5. Use aioli. That stuff in a white bowl, in the background, I forgot to take a photo of. I have 2 kids around when shooting, so I hope I’m forgiven. That stuff, cilantro aioli, is made with Greek yogurt, forget about the yolk. It’s a new 2013 way of cooking. It makes the burger even juicier. Enjoy!

Cumin Zucchini Turkey Burger with Cilantro Aioli

Cumin Zucchini Turkey Burger with Cilantro Aioli


    For Turkey Patty:
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, after liquid squeezed out (approx. 1 small zucchini)
  • 1 small onion, pureed or grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed or grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • For Burger:
  • 6 thin multigrain buns
  • 12 lettuce leaves
  • 12 tomato slices
  • 12 red onion slices
  • For Cilantro Aioli:
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp jalapeño pepper, finely diced (or to taste)
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine turkey patty ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Form into 6 round patties 1/2 " thick, place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. It helps the patties to stay together.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cilantro aioli ingredients, mix, cover and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat grill on medium and spray with cooking spray. Spray turkey patties on both sides with cooking spray, place on a grill and cook for 6-8 minutes flipping half way through. Grills vary, so check your burger for doneness by inserting a food thermometer into the center of the patty. You are looking for 165 degrees = done.
  4. Place turkey patty on a thin multigrain bun, top with 2 tbsp of aioli, 2 slices of tomato and 2 thin slices of red onion. Serve warm.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6 burgers

Amount Per Serving = 1 burger on a thin multigrain bun & 2 tbsp aioli:
Calories: 206.3
Total Fat: 2.3 g
Cholesterol: 30.2 mg
Sodium: 313.2 mg
Total Carbs: 23.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
Protein: 24.0 g
WW Points+: 5

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Aha. Store bought patties are like rubber if you ask me.:) With one exception – wild salmon burgers from Costco. Juicy and healthy.

  1. Cookin Canuck

    It was such a pleasure to stumble across your blog. Although I now live in the U.S., I was raised in Vancouver (and my heart’s still there).

    This burger is something my family would really enjoy. I often use grated zucchini in meatballs and my kids never know the difference.

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thank you.:) I visited your blog numerous times and was sure you still live in Vancouver.:) It’s a special city!



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