Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

Bring this healthier burger to your next backyard BBQ.

by Nashville General Hospital

Lower in saturated fat than beef, ground turkey can be better for your heart. Fat-free turkey is a lower-calorie option that can help with weight loss.

Serves: 5


  • 1-2 zucchini, grated
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Oil


  1. Grate zucchini using a box grater. Squeeze the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels.
  2. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, ground turkey, breadcrumbs, chopped garlic and chopped onion. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Make 5 equal patties, 4 1/2 ounces each. So they cook evenly, do not make these too thick.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet on high heat. When hot, add just enough oil to coat bottom of pan. Add burgers to the pan. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. Cook on one side until browned, then flip. Flip over a few times to prevent burning and to make sure the burgers are cooked all the way through to 165 degrees. 

For a healthier option, use lettuce instead of a bun. Top burger with tomato, pickle, mustard or ketchup.

For more recipes like this, including written in Spanish, visit the Nashville General Hospital Foundation website. This site also includes information about The Food Pharmacy, which addresses food insecurity through the distribution of no-cost food totes filled with fresh produce and shelf-stable food. 


Nashville General Hospital Foundation Cookbook, Shared by Jilah Kalil, Summer 2021.