Super Spicy Turkey Zucchini Burgers

I look around the internet a LOT for recipes, and I often find inspiration from a photo or random recommendation from a foodie friend. But sometimes, I know what I want but I don’t know how to make it, so I look for help from the blogging community. This was a perfect match. I knew I wanted something to jazz up turkey burgers (which I find a bit bland, but Handsome loves them), so I just typed in turkey burger to my search engine and this recipe was on the first page. I knew immediately that it would be a winner, but I had no idea how much we would like them, how often we would eat them and how great they would be reheated for lunch the next day. This is from Elise of I can’t thank her enough! Her recipe calls for a lemony sour cream dressing sauce with the burgers. I made it and although we both loved it, we agreed it doesn’t need it, so visit her website if you want to try the sauce too.

I like to make these burgers super spicy, with lots of green onions. I then make the dinner milder by using lots of fresh salad items to take the heat off. Our favorite way to eat this is with a big green salad and my luscious lemony lentil salad. Absolutely delicious! This makes six reasonably sized burgers. Because you won’t be eating it with bread (although you could) you can have two each for dinner and the other for your lunch the next day…


1 lb ground turkey (it can be very lean as the zucchini adds lots of moisture)
1 large zucchini, coarsely grated
6 green onions (chopped with scissors, from white through green)
Handful chopped mint
Handful chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Spray oil for frying


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands until the spices are distributed throughout.
  3. Separate into six pieces, then form into thick patties.
  4. Fry in a pan sprayed with oil on a high heat for three minutes on each side, to get a good brown color on the burgers, then transfer to the oven and cook for a further 20 minutes to ensure the burgers are cooked through.
  5. Test the center of one for pinkness before serving with your choice of saladey sides.
Super spicy turkey zucchini burgers
Super spicy turkey zucchini burgers

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