Turkey Zucchini Burger with Garlic Mayo

These turkey burgers don't have a binder in them so are best cooked gently on the stovetop rather than the grill.

If you would prefer to grill them, I recommend squeezing out some of the excess moisture from the grated zucchini, and adding some mayonnaise to the burger mix. The egg in the mayonnaise will help bind the burger while it cooks, and the oil in the mayo will help the burgers stay juicy.

I have found that zucchini have a higher water content than patty pan or other types of summer squash, so are the best type of summer squash to use in this recipe.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 6 turkey burgers


  • 1 pound ground turkey (thigh meat preferred)
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound of zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Garlic Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

Rest of burger

  • Several leaves of lettuce
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Burger buns
  • Butter


1 Make the burger mix: In a large bowl place the ground turkey, green onions, chopped basil and oregano, garlic, black pepper, and salt. Using clean hands mix together thoroughly. Then mix in the grated zucchini until well distributed throughout the ground turkey.


2 Form burger patties and cook on both sides: Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Carefully form six patties with the turkey zucchini mixture.

Working in batches, gently cook the patties for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. You don't want the heat to be too high or the patties may get too browned before they are cooked through.  Remove to a plate to keep warm.

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3 Toast the buns: When you are finished with the pan for the burgers, wipe out any burned bits. Melt a little butter in the pan and place the buns in the pan, cut side down to brown. Increase the heat to medium high. Remove the buns from the pan when the edges start to brown.


4 Make garlic mayo: Whisk together the finely minced garlic and the mayonnaise in a small bow.

5 Build the burger: This is how we recommend to build the burger. Start with the bottom half of the burger bun. Spread a layer of garlic mayo over it. Place a layer of lettuce leaf over the mayo. Place the burger over the lettuce. Place the onion on the burger. Place a slice of tomato on the onion. If you want, place another lettuce leaf on the tomato. Top with the other half of the bun. The lettuce leaf on the bottom of the burger help prevent the juices from the burger from running into the bottom bun and making it soggy.