May 14, 2010

Turkey Burgers with Zucchini




Want your kids to eat more veggies? Hide them in their burgers, they'll never know! I'm in experimental mode this weekend and played around with adding zucchini to my turkey burgers.

This was great for so many reasons! Not only did they taste great, adding zucchini also lowered the calories and fat per serving, it made one extra burger and what a great to get your picky kids to eat their vegetables. This made 5 big burgers. Serve them on low point hamburger buns and top with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion slices, pickles, ketchup or mustard (add extra points). These can be grilled or cooked indoors.

For best results: use a hand grater to grate the zucchini, onion and garlic super fine. Get the pan hot before you put the burgers on to get a nice sear, then lowered the flame to the lowest setting to let the burgers cook all the way through, turning a few times so the burgers don't burn. 



Turkey Burgers with Zucchini
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5 • Size: 1 burger no bun Old Points: 3 pts (bun extra) Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 156 • Fat: 6.8 g Protein: 18.6 g Carb: 5.5 g Fiber: 1.3 g

Ingredients: 
  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated 
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp red onion, grated
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • oil spray 

Directions:
    In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties.

    Heat a large skillet on high heat. When hot, lightly spray oil. Add burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to low. 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.

    If grilling, clean grill well before cooking and spray with oil spray to prevent sticking.

    207 comments :

    1. These look amazing! Thanks for the great idea(s)!!!

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    2. Great idea - and these look so yum!

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    3. I am so excited to try these! The expat grocery store in Singapore FINALLY got ground turkey! Wahoo!

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    4. These looks delicious and today is the day to experiment.Thanks Gina,I love burgers so this looks like an answer to dinner.
      Thanks for the recipe

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    5. These look great! YUM! :) Thanks!

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    6. Yum! What a great way to use some of the bountiful zucchini we get in the summer! Thanks!

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    7. Love this , but instead of bread crumbs I always use oatmeal on my burgers works as great and extra fiber

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      1. Um.... uncooked oatmeal? How much?

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      2. 1 cup of oatmeal has more than 600 calories, ce cautious with it!

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      3. No it doesn't! 1 cup of plain uncooked oats has less than 200 calories.

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    8. I made the Turkey Burgers today. Very good, received the stamp of appoval from husband and son. This is a keeper recipe. Thanks.

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    9. They look great and super moist. May have to try those this weekend.

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    10. Love the idea of adding zucchini!

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    11. I can't wait! LOVE zucchini and am looking for a tasty way to make my own turkey burgers! thanks!

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    12. @Sarah- That's great!

      @2Worlds, I use oatmeal in my meatloaf, great idea!

      Thanks for all your comments, yes the were very moist! I had the leftovers for lunch today.

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    13. I make my turkey meatballs this way! The zucchini really adds a ton of moisture to the ground turkey. Plus I am an adult and I love that I am getting extra veggies in my diet!

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    14. @Heather - Yes, you can make this as burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, it works great all ways! Very moist!!

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    15. Made these on the grill last night. They were super yummy. I added Worcerchire and more garlic. Fabulous. Thanks for the great tip on the zucchini.

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    16. Nice recipe. Can't wait to try

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    17. I was going to make my own turkey burgers this week, I will have to give these a try Gina, they look great. :)

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    18. Holy cow!!! These were DELICIOUS!!!! I made them with an oroweat whole wheat sandwich thin, a little chipotle barbeque sauce, lettuce and onions. Soooo good!!!! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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    19. These were so yummy! I added a 1/4 red pepper and some portobello mushrooms to my blender too (becuase they were going bad in teh fridge). As a result I had to up the bread crumbs (I used GF ones) to 1/2 cup. I got 6 patties and they were still 4pts each. We ate ours with hummus on the side.

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    20. @cora- Im sure they were great with portobellos and red pepper!

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    21. I made these last night and they were fabulous...I needed to use up my cilantro, so I chopped some up and threw it in and it tasted great!

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    22. Gina, these were amazing! Made them last night on the grilled. My skeptical hubby thought they were fab, too. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    23. Thanks so much for this recipe. Had my parents and sister and her fiance out to our house for dinner tonight. Mom and dad don't like onions and garlic so I left those out but I can't wait to try them with onions and garlic! YUMMMM
      ~Andrea

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    24. Another BIG HIT, Gina!! I made these tonight on my George Foreman grill (served on Sara Lee Delightful Wheat buns) with your lighter macaroni salad on the side and not a single plate had scraps. The zucchini idea was brilliant, thank you!!

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    25. just made these for my weekly moms' meetup group weight watcher's meeting. i'm really excited to actually taste them. they were really easy to prepare. :) let out the onions though because i'm not fan (and we're at my house toy - lol) but they smelled good when i was making them. i have lettuce and tomatoes to go on top of them and mustard, ketchup, steak sauce, or bbq sauce. will update after us crazy moms eat! thanks for the low-point lunch recipe!

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    26. Excellent! Hope they were a hit with the moms!

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    27. This was a FANTASTIC recipe! The burgers stayed super-moist and flavorful even after grilling them, rather than cooking them in a pan. Definitely a keeper!

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    28. these were really good! I used my food processor to grind the zucchini, onion and oats (I used those instead of bread crumbs)
      yummy!

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    29. These were sooooo good! Also used the food processor and also put in bell peppers. Husband said they were the best burgers he ever had.
      Thanks for posting your blog, love the food!

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    30. @Goomabh- Food processor sounds like a great idea. Sounds good with peppers too. Glad your family liked them!

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    31. Made these last night, and they were delicious and very filling!

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    32. Thanks for the awesome recipe, Gina! This was my first experience with ground turkey and I expected them to be dry...exact opposite! Dh and my little guy loved them as much as I did. -By the way, we used to live in Levittown, PR and I miss Martin's Chicken. Have you ever eaten there?

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    33. @Taylors- No, I've never been there. Is it good? Yes, these burgers are very moist thanks to the zucchini!

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    34. It is THE BEST rotisserie chicken and tostones! I really appreciate your recipes, it lets me bring a little Puerto Rico to my house!

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    35. I should probably stay away!! I'm sure theirs are fried! :) Tostones are soo good, I've been meaning to bake some more, I keep buying them green, but they are turning yellow so quick I don't get a chance to make them.

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    36. Thanks for the awesome recipe Gina. I've made them three times and the only thing we change is to add thinly sliced Havarti and use the thin sandwich rounds instead of buns.

      My wife won't eat a burger (unless its from Shake Shack) and she absolutely loves these. Thanks again!

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    37. @Carlos- Wow! Now that's a compliment!! Love Havarti, great idea!

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    38. I just made these for lunch for me and my boys and they are yummy! I followed the recipe and added grilled onions for my burger. Thanks for such a great site!

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    39. Hi Gina,

      I love your recipes, but I can't print them. Do you know what I am doing wrong?

      Thanks Laurie

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    40. Hi Laurie, Glad you like them!
      It sounds like you are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You have to upgrade it (free) or use Firefox. Sorry for the inconvenience!!

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    41. Hi Gina,

      I wanted to know if you can taste the zucchini? I hate zucchini, just to be honest, and I am looking for ways to incorporate more veggies in my diet and this would great but for me zucchini taste like eating dog food...

      ~pom

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    42. I don't think zucchini has much flavor. I don't think it tasted like zucchini but I'm probably not a good judge, I love zucchini.

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    43. I made these yesterday. The family had no idea that they included zucchini and they loved them, as did I. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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    44. After having my 3rd kid, it was time to change how we were eating and start weight watchers. Your blog is AMAZING!! Helps with healthy menu planning. These burgers are at the top of our family's list. I have 2 picky toddlers and a pickier husband. Making veggies is not their fav. However, they LOVE these!! Thank You!

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    45. @Jan, very easy to fool kids! or husbands! lol

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    46. These burgers were wonderful! You can't taste the zucchini in them at all....and my nephew, who doesn't eat veggies, had three burgers. Halfway through his second, he said..."what is this green stuff?" I said, "zucchini, it makes the burgers moist" and he went on to finish the second and have a third. Thank you for such a yummy, low point burger. BTW, I grilled mine on the gas grill...turned out great!

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    47. I made these this week and everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipes! They never disappoint.

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    48. Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

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    49. Made this tonight and even the kids loved them! Holy Cow! I almost fell out of my chair when my daughter (5) said this was her new favorite burger!!!!!! Really! and yes I included the zucchini..... amazing! I made this with the baked mac and cheese from this site and topped it off with the strawberries and cream (again from this site) I was looking for a good way to mix it up with new ideas and I found just what I needed.... thank you

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    50. @kermit- I'm so glad the little one liked them!! I'll tell you, my dad is Czech and makes amazing Czech burgers with cabbage in them. Probably the best burgers in the world but who would think? That's where my inspiration came from. I seriously think you can sneak any vegetable into a burger and it would taste good. I'll have to post dad's recipe one day!

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    51. Double thumbs up!!! Even brought them to my Moms and everyone loved them!

      Made a double batch and threw some in the freezer for a quick healthy and delish meal.

      Would love to see your Dad's Czech burger recipe.

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    52. Dad's Czech burgers are fried, but I'll work on making them lighter! :)

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    53. Made these a few minutes ago and they were great! I made the sweet potato fries from the website too. Great healthy version of a burger and fries. My super picky boyfriend liked them as well which is a HUGE compliment! His only comment was that they seemed a little fragile, could this be because I used a medium zucchini instead of a small one? Could throwing an egg as an emulsifier solve the problem? Im new to cooking so Im skeptical of straying too far away from the recipe.

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    54. OMG...these were hands down the BEST burgers I have ever had/made!! My Roommate wont touch most veggies but he absolutely LOVED them! We both just started WW and this site is a gold mine! If you published a cookbook I would stand in line overnight to get it! :o)

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    55. @Sarah- yes, adding too much zucchini can make them brittle. You could add an egg white, or I would add a little more bread crumbs if you have this problem.

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    56. This is definitely one that I will repeat! I used the oatmeal option and my kids loved them too.

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    57. I love this recipe, Gina. First off, my veggie phobic 7-year old son, who won't touch anything green, gobbled these down like he couldn't get enough. When I asked if he liked his burger, he said, "Niiiiice, Mom." Put that sucker on a whole wheat bun with mustard and ketchup and the kids won't know the difference!!! And, for me, it was awesome to be able to have a bigger burger!! I also used this recipe to make meatballs and sauce, and again, he family was none the wiser. These are terrific on the grill with a side of your corn salsa with lime and/or your mango-avocado salsa. I'm just lovin' your recipes, Gina. I check in every day now! Keep up the great work!

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    58. So glad your 7 year old likes them! I love tricking kids into eating healthy!

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    59. Absolutely loved the recipe "as is" but I've ramped them up a notch for what I think is only 1 additional point. Local farmers' market has ground lamb, which I mixed 1:1 with the turkey, added 1/8 c more bread crumbs, and then stuffed with caramelized onions. Got 9 hefty burgers done on the gas grill. Served on 1 point buns with lots of lettuce and tomato - huge and filling!

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    60. I have tried soooo many turkey burger recipes and my family & I have never liked them. I decided to try yours, and they were AMAZING. I added a splash of worchestershire sauce to give them that extra kick. YUM, YUM, My mom was so shocked with how flavorful they are. I cooked them also on my foreman grill as someone else suggested and served these with your sweet potato fries & dinner was a hit. Thanks again Gina for another winning recipe! I loved this meal because it was easy, very affordable, & quick!

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    61. @Adrienne, love the sound of them!

      @Anonymous, I'm glad you all liked them! I was very satisfied myself when I tasted them. Not all experiments in the kitchen are as successful. My husband is not a ground turkey fan so I really have to do wonders in the kitchen to get him to like it!

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    62. Has anyone ever left out the bread crumbs? I have not had any luck finding whole wheat bread crumbs. i tried them tonight and used some panko. they were fabulous but i was wondering if i could just leave out the bread crumbs altogether? If i must have them then I was wondering if the oats tasted good? Is it just quick oats or instant oatmeal? I loved this recipe and many other recipes of yours.
      Also has anyone ever made their own ww bread crumbs?

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    63. I wouldn't leave them out, I don't think they would hold well but oatmeal would work just as good. You can easily make your own, toast the whole wheat bread slightly or leave it out until it gets hard, then put in the food processor with dried parsley flakes, romano cheese, salt, garlic powder and onion powder.

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    64. I really enjoyed this recipe! Husband and kids also. Made for a very moist and flavorful burger. Thanks!

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    65. These were the best turkey burgers I have had!
      I used 1/2 the amount of breadcrumbs and they were great!
      Even my 5 year old liked them! We might never go back to our old ones!
      Thanks or the great recipes!

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    66. I am new to cooking healthy and I made these last night. First time for me making or eating turkey burgers. They were delicious!!!! Even my 4 year old daughter, who is VERY picky ate this and loved it!!! And she got in some veggies while at it, without even knowing!!! (She hardly ever eats any veggies). Love your site and can't wait to try many more of your recipes!!!!

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    67. I've been making turkey burgers for year and have found that you can add all sorts of healthy veggies w/o upsetting the picky eaters. I frequenly add grated carrots or chopped fresh spinach to my burgers. Have to be careful with things like carrots, tho, cause they have a lot of moisture of their own. My daughter now insists that I add one of my "special ingredients" when she seems me starting a batch of turkey burgers!

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    68. I just discovered your treasure of a blog! I'm looking forward to trying lots of new dishes...starting with this one. What a great way to get some veggies into my extremely picky son.

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    69. I made this recipe last night for my boyfriend. I expected them to be a good substitute for the cheeseburger I'd been craving lately but I did not expect it to be BETTER! My boyfriend was OBSESSED! We both are having them for lunch today as well seeing as we have left overs. I put about 1/4 c of onions in because i love onions and i seasoned the patties with burger seasoning once they were on the grill. They were moist and juicy and AMAZING. It just makes me happy to know that i don't have to feel like i'm missing out on things like cheese burgers. I had them today for lunch with BBQ pop chips and the total points value was 4.5 points. In love! Thanks for this recipe Gina!

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    70. Made these tonight for dinner on my Foreman grill and they were amazing! I'll never buy pre-made turkey burgers again!

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    71. You're welcome! It's amazing how much flavor these have!

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    72. These are fantastic! We added a little bit of carrot for more veggie and this is yet another dish we will be having on our menu rotation.

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    73. if you havent tried these, you should! this is such an easy and tasty recipe. you dont even taste the zucchini. i also added chopped green bell pepper for more veggies and crunch. it was good as a burger as well as cut up and mixed w/ rice. thank you gina!!

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    74. These are fantastic!! I grilled them outside - sooo good!!

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    75. Oh. My. Goodness. These burgers were so good and full of flavor! They weren't dry AT ALL. The best part? My anti-zucchini husband couldn't even tell the zucchini was in them. I told him after he ate two of them. ;)

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    76. Isn't it amazing what the zucchini does to these burgers! I don't understand people that don't like zucchini but at least there are plenty of ways to sneak it into their food. Zucchini bread is another great way!

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    77. I just had a heavenly turkey burger. Thank you so much Gina for sharing this recipe with us! I tried making this last week using some substitutions but they didn't come out right. Lesson learned! Gina's recipes NEED NO MODIFICATIONS!!!!!!

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    78. Aww, that's sweet Ericka! It's hard for me to cook a recipe without changing it, lol!

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    79. Just made these for my housemate and I, they were delicious. Made my own breadcrumbs by drying out some multigrain burger buns for a few days and then put them through the food processor with wheat germ and flax seed. This recipe is definitely a keeper- very easy and yummy!

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    80. Emma, great idea to add flax and wheat germ to your crumbs. I'll give that a try next time myself!

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    81. This is a new family favorite. I recently found your blog and LOVE your recipes!! Thank you!

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    82. Jen Lepley-Callan1/8/11, 8:06 PM

      Made these tonight...awesome, my picky boyfriend ate one and half and took one for lunch tomorrow. However, my son who normally loves veggies wasn't having the green in his burger...maybe next time I'll peel the zucchini. LOVED IT!! Thank you for posting all these, I managed myself on WW w/o your help and lost 45lbs, but my boyfriend is a lot harder and your recipes are helping show him...good for you can taste good too. Thank you so much!!

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    83. Jen, ha! Try yellow squash next time so he doesn't see the green! Or peel them.

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    84. Hate posting Anonymous, but I use Explorer - Absolutely THE BEST turkey burgers! Did not fall apart/crumble on the george foreman grill and SUPER moist! Family ate them up, including the young-adult college son & nephew, who are very picky when it comes to grilled hamburgers (or in this case, turkey burgers)

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    85. Hi Gina,
      I love your recipes. I am so glad I found you:)
      Any idea about the points plus value of these burgers? Thanks in advance. Going to the store now to get all the ingredients. Lots of cooking today, very COLD in NY. A prefect day for cooking and football:)

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    86. Amazing! Made these for dinner tonight....teenagers even ate them!

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    87. These were so good! I added some cayanne pepper for some spice. Put them in a whole wheat pita with some reduced fat feta and grilled red onion and didnt need any ketchup or anything. 5 Stars, delicious.

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    88. These were FANTASTIC! My 5 yr old who doesn't eat ANYTHING loved them! That's saying a lot! LOL The family had them as "hamburgers"... I had mine w/o a bun and with sauted mushroom and onion on top. It was fabulous! These are definitely being added to our weekly menu.

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    89. YUMMY - always looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into my meals! Thanks for the idea!

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    90. Heather, now THAT makes me happy!! Make them every day!

      Happy you all liked them!

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    91. Loved these! This is the first recipe from here that I have tried and it was incredible. I too need to incorporate more veggies :) My family turned there noses up when they heard what we were having, but they all devoured it once they tasted it!Thank you and I can't wait to try more!

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    92. I know that I am just reiterating what everyone is saying, but these are too good to not comment on. Moist, delicious and a huge husband pleaser. Love, love, love!

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    93. I really don't get tired of hearing that Heather :)

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    94. I just found your site and I love it. The only hard part is deciding which recipes to try first. :) I want to make these, but quick question. If you are going to feeze them, do you freeze before or after you cook them or does it matter?

      Thanks!

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    95. Good question, I haven't tried freezing these yet, my guess is to freeze them cooked.

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    96. I can hardly wait to try these. My husband just bought a new grill and the snow is almost gone in MN. :) The comments are amazing! Do you think you could add zucchini to lean ground beef for a burger, too?

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    97. I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't be good!

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    98. Made these tonight!! Hands down best burgers EVER!! Had people over for dinner and they had no idea they were eating healthy or that there was zucchini in there!! Every single recipe I have tried so far has been fabulous! Thanks for having a blog with such fantastic recipes!!!

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    99. I love this recipe! You could not really taste the zucchini, I will def be using this a lot! Thanks!

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    100. THESE WERE AMAZING!! So delicious!!! Even my kids gobbled them up!! Such a great recipie! And SO EASY! My first time making home made Turkey Burgers and it really couldn*t have been easier or come out better!!

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    101. I have to say that I was VERY skeptical that these would pass my EXTREMELY picking 5 year old....but they DID and he actually ate EVERY bite; including my 2 year old and 8 year old. They were so good- I was AMAZED!! Nice work Gina, once again!

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    102. I made these tonight and they were very good. I put the veggies in the food processor to save time. I only made a few changes. Instead of breadcrumbs I used oatmeal. I used regular yellow onion. I only had 1 lb of meat so I used that but still had 2 big burgers. I think they turned out very good. Next time I will try them on the grill.

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    103. I mean to say I had 5 big burgers.

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    104. Instead of breadcrumbs - has anyone tried using ground up fiber one?! What is a good low-cal sauce for top??? Definitely adding these ingredients to grocery list for the week!

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    105. Oh.... these were so good... we made these last night.. this recipe is now in our monthly menu plan...actually most of your recipes are in that plan... thanks for creating such great recipes...

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    106. Who needs hamburgers! These were great! I topped them with Feta Cheese! Excellent, thank you!

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    107. Merci, cette recette fut très appréciée chez-nous en mini-burger !!

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    108. Thanks so much for this fab recipe. Made them last night and they went down a treat - the best burgers ever!

      Managed to make 7 patties, so had some leftovers for lunch today! Even make an excellent packed lunch to take to work :D

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    109. I'm 18 years old and am currently on weight watchers and have so far lost 25lbs! I'm super excited but I recently have been getting really bored of all the same foods. I new it was time to break out of my comfort zone and actualy cook. I've never cooked anything before and I was afraid because I thought most recipes were hard without experience. This recipe was the first one I've tried and it wentgreat! they were so delicious, my whole family loved them and best of all they were a healthy, WW friendly meal! :) Thanks Gina!!!!

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    110. Great leah, most of my recipes are very easy, you'll be surprised how easy they are!!

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    111. These are delicious! Thanks so much...I really love your blog...I'm not a great cook, but your recipes are so easy to follow...and I haven't tried one that I haven't loved yet! Keep up the good work!

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    112. Thanks Emilee! I really need to make them again so I can take a better photo!

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    113. I love your blog...I've made several of your recipes & they've all been great. I was looking for something to make last night & ran across this recipe. OMG...best turkey burgers, ever! They were moist & had a little different flavor. Thanks for all your hardwork in providing these delicious & WW friendly recipes. :)

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    114. Gina, these were fabulous - thank you!! My family loved them, even my picky 4-year old! The zucchini really kept the turkey moist, you couldn't even taste it, and you can't beat the added bonus of sneaking in veggies!

      Next time, I think I am going to try Richard's idea of putting feta on them... that sounds like the perfect complement to these burgers!

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    115. Suzi, feta sounds like a wonderful way to turn thee into Greek Burgers!

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    116. Gina, I used 99% fat free turkey and 1-1/2 zucchini and about 2 tsp of dry Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix. Nothing else. These were divine! My recipe actually made 8 patties. These taste a lot like a Trader Joe's Chicken Burger that I loved but can't find anymore. Awesome! Thanks so much. I have lunch for all week!!!

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    117. Oops - I did use some plain whole wheat bread crumbs - forgot about grating the bread in!

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    118. I have made this recipe before but as meatballs (with some slight modifications), and they were the best turkey meatballs I've ever had. So, I decided tonight to make the recipe as-is and it was delicious. I topped the burgers with provolone cheese and tomato sauce (like Gina suggest in her chicken parm. burger recipe) and it was really good. Definitely adding this one to the rotation! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    119. Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into something, and this did it for me. Eaten wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, this burger totally satisfied me. Bravo! Delicious, hearty servings. Thumbs up from the kiddos, too. We had Low Fat Baked Onion Rings on the side. Yum! Thank you, Gina!

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    120. These were soooo good! I made them on the grill with a zucchini from my garden. Most turkey burgers dry out on the grill, but not these - they were perfect!

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    121. Just made them tonight and they were great. You can't taste the zucchini at all.

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    122. These burgers are outstanding! My teenage daughters (who refuse to eat red meat) thank you from the bottom of their hamburger-craving heart!

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    123. These burgers were terrific - very moist and tasty. I made these for my husband several weeks ago...he always complains that I am making "diet" food but he really loved this dish. I am planning on making this again tonight. Thanks for a great recipe Gina!

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    124. Hi Gina. Do you use dried or fresh bread crumbs? Thanks so much.

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    125. Thanks so much for this recipe, my family loved it!

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    126. I love these burgers. I make them at least once a month and can't get enough. I remove the breadcrumbs and add feta because I love the slightly tangy/creamy flavor from the cheese. Also the burgers are wonderful crumbled on an salad for a little extra protein.

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    127. Eliza Bennet8/25/11, 12:00 AM

      I added 1/4 cup cilantro and 3 tsp Kabab Masala to the turkey, and the burgers were simply amazing. And so few points! This is going to become a weekly affair in our home...

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    128. You're amazing! I am just getting into cooking and this website has such easy and delicious recipes that I can understand! Thank you!!!

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    129. Gina, I just wanted you to know how much I love your website. I tell everyone about it! I cook at a daycare for about 60 children each day. I make two snacks and lunch. I use your recipes all the time. The kids and the parents all love it. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    130. Gina, if I have unseasoned whole wheat bread crumbs, what would you recommend I add to them?

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    131. It's something new i get tired of turkey burger cause i run out thing's to do with it anybody no how to make a good turkey meat loaf.

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    132. Made these tonight. Absolutely delicious. We had stopped and picked the kids up McDonald's because we knew they wouldn't eat anything with zucchini in it. I gladly threw away 2 happy meals for two kids who ate turkey burgers instead.

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    133. I made these turkey burgers along with your onion rings last night and WOW! They were better than our typical skillet burgers. They just melt in your mouth. I messed up the onion rings but I know what to do next time!

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    134. So glad the kids and adults alike all loved them!!

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    135. Gina - thank you so much for this amazing recipe. I took the advice of another reviewer and added a dash or 2 of worsteshire sauce. I also used garlic flavored breadcrumbs (and 3-4 cloves of garlic...we love garlic). These were moist and SO full of flavor. I love your website...I love your recipes...and I thank you SO much. KEEP ON COOKIN' and I'll KEEP FOLLOWIN'!!!

      Terri

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    136. Gina, just made these last night. I made them into sliders(it made about 12). They were so yummy. Loved the zucchini. My kids all loved them too. It was fun playing guess what is in the burger. Wish you could have seen my husbands face:) Thanks for another great recipe!!

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    137. I made these last night and they were delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    138. I made this tonight and it came out great! This was my first recipe I made from your site, and I am so excited to make more. Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to make the chocolate heart cakes for Valentines. Thank you so much for the wonderful, healthy recipes!!

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    139. When I cook this on my griddle, I cook them on one side for 5 minute minimum so they dont fall apart when I flip them; then cook another 5 minutes or so and they are done! So good, quickly becoming my go to burger recipe. Even my husband and his friends love them!

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    140. If I use ground chicken, will the points remain the same?

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    141. I'll be using gluten free breadcrumbs and wrapping mine in a lettuce :) YUM!!!

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    142. Wanted to make Turkey burgers tonight but dont have any zucchini. Anyone know if spinach would work well in it's place?

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    143. Do the nutrition facts include the bun?

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    144. I made these for dinner tonight but added some jalapeno (I add some kind of pepper to nearly everything, I love me some spice) and they were amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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    145. does anyone know if you can use chicken instead of turkey??

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    146. Dinner tonight!

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    147. Made these tonight in replace of my tried and true turkey burgers and loved these. I replaced the seasoned bread crumbs with 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan and added a little oregano, parsley and basil. They were awesome!

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    148. I made these for dinner last night and they were fantstic!! I have another turkey burger recipe that I normally make but this recipe will be replacing that!! This will definitely be a staple recipe in our house!! Thank you for the yummy recipe!! I absolutely LOVE your blog!!

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    149. Very good. Cannot taste the zucchini at all. I subbed oatmeal for the bread crumbs since I didn't have any. I also threw in some burger seasoning. I think I could have even used a bit more, as turkey is pretty bland.

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    150. These sound really good! I'm on low carbs. So, I think I'll wrap it in some lettuce instead :)

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    151. Made these for dinner as sliders, they were great! If you are low carb or don't want to use breadcrumbs, try grated parmesan cheese. Delicious, moist, a definite hit with the kids and hubby. My first recipe made from your site, looking forward to trying more.

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    152. Such a great idea! I have trouble finding zucchini where I live, will cucumber work just as well?

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    153. Yummy! I subbed oatmeal for the breadcrumbs as others have done, doubled the garlic, and added a splash of liquid smoke. Very satisfying. Skipped the bun and had some of the more recent Asian Mango Cole Slaw instead.

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    154. OMG! these were amazing! I added a little adobo seasoning and they were fab!!!

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    155. What is the total cooking time for the burgers

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    156. I made these tonight! Taste amazing! I am also trying the freezing method. Thanks :)

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    157. I loved these burgers. I ended up making them with tzaziki sauce and featured the recipe on my blog at zisforzel.blogspot.com

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    158. Going to try these tomorrow. If I use regular breadcrumbs instead of the whole wheat will it change the point value?

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    159. These are BEYOND delicious!!!!!!!!

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    160. Hi Gina-
      My husband loved these! I have made these at his polite request twice in one week. We also served them to some friends and they couldn't believe what a difference the zucchini made with regard to keeping the burgers moist. We are not on trying to lose weight in our house, but I think it has to be a positive side effect of cooking one of your recipes every day! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration in the kitchen from all of us who want to eat healthier without sacrificing great taste!

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    161. I made these today!! Amazing! thanks for this recipe

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    162. Fantastic! I melted jalapeno jack (reduced fat) and added sliced avocado...wonderful. My husband is already asking for them again!

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    163. Hey, I just found your site and it's amazing! But I have one question. Can I use this recipe to make meatballs instead of burger patties ? And bake them in the oven instead of grilling them ? Or bake the burger patties ? I don't have a home grill nor I want to fry them in oil. Will it have the same taste ?

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    164. I've pinned so many Skinnytaste recipes on Pinterest and this was the first I got around to making. Wow. These were so moist and delicious and most importantly they didn't fall apart while cooking which most turkey burger recipes seem to do. I substituted crumbled up shredded wheat cereal for the breadcrumbs since that is what I had on hand and they turned out great. Thanks so much for this recipe, it is my new go-to burger recipe and my husband loves burgers.

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    165. Hi Gina,

      I am making these right now (with some Frank's Red Hot) and they look great! Hopefully I can sneak the zucchini by my boyfriend. I love getting my vegetables in something extra delicious!

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    166. Hello! I had extra ground turkey from a previous recipe and a craving for a turkey burger for lunch today...luckily I came upon this great idea to use zucchini! I modified it quite a bit but definitely give you the credit for the zucchini idea! I eat gluten free, so I omitted the breadcrumbs...instead, I added a bit of the following: egg white for keeping it together, dash of Worcestershire sauce, sauteed chopped onion, little light mayo and dijon mustard, salt/pepper, and the minced garlic. WOW! EXTREMELY moist and flavorful! Zucchini=AWESOME! - Melissa

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    167. I'm really looking forward to trying these! I plan on making them tonight, but wanted to ask... do you think this will be manageable with just a hand grater? I don't have a food processor or blender or even a madolin. I do have a microplane, hopefully that will grate the veggies fine enough?

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    168. i used a hand grater, i added extra onion and garlic and i highly recommend this recipe..it was really full of flavor and very moist...better than any store bought turkey burgers. thanks gina

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    169. Gina - these were amazing. I have a turkey burger recipe I usually make, but it turned out strangely bitter last time. Thought I would try something new, after that bad experience. I modified it slightly by using panko breadcrumbs, shallot instead of red onion, and a dash of worchestershire. These blew my mind, as well as those of my husband and sister. The BEST turkey burger I have ever had!

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    170. I want to try these and not sure if the zucchini needs to be squeezed taking the water out?

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    171. Just made these for the family and they went so fast and were even delicious to my husband, who is not a big fan of vegetables!
      Thank you Gina! :)

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    172. Just made them tonight with a slice of cheddar on a whole wheat bun. AMAZING :) I like how you sneak in veggies like in the buffalo turkey burger (another home run!).

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    173. I added chipotle in adobo and a chopped chilli to these to make mexi-burgers and served with light slaw flavoured with lime and coriander instead of the burger buns. Really good, thanks again Gina.

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    174. I LOVE this recipe and make it for my family all the time. They are AMAZING cooked on a smoker!!

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    175. Just got done making these...wow, they were amazing! Great recipe! I'm very new to cooking & trying to find healthier meals to make for myself and this was wonderful! Soo happy, all the ingredients meshed soo well together, and for under 200 cals for a burger, you can't beat it! Will be making this again!

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    176. Is the zucchini's green color obvious in the cooked burger? I have the pickest eater; while she would eat a turkey burger, if she saw something green in it she might not eat it.

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    177. Delicious! Upped the garlic to 2 cloves and added a bit more than the 1 tbsp. red onion, and the flavor was fantastic. After forming the patties I thought the consistency might not hold well, but as soon as they hit the skillet the patties firmed up. (I did ring the grated zucchini in a dish towel to remove excess liquid before mixing ingredients.) I'll make these again!

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    178. These are so good! We paired them with a skinny garlic aloli, some sweet chili sauce, roasted red peppers and cilantro - my new favorite burger!

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    179. I think I'm going to cook these things now... It's 3 am here in France.... Anyway it looks terrific, thank you !

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    180. The only changes I made were l lb turkey and 1/3 cup wheat bran instead of the breadcrumbs. Was tasty and still made 5 servings.

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    181. I bet you could totally do this with salmon patties!

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    182. Just tried this and it is amazing!! I love love loved it. I made 5 servings, 1 or myself today and 4 to freeze. I plan on eating them all week now, yum!

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    183. I have been meaning to review this recipe for a while now. These turkey burgers are just amazing!!! I used the italian seasoned ground turkey which gave it a little kick. I also used ground oats instead of breadcrumbs and added some flax seed meal. They came out so moist and flavorful, something you would not expect from a turkey burger. I served these on homemade sesame seed buns with lettuce, tomato and mayo and they were perfect :)I did not read all of the other comments so forgive me if someone else already suggested this but this recipe would make amazing meatballs, can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    184. Made these tonight! They were SO yummy and juicy!!!

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    185. Um, I love these burgers so much, I just dedicated an entire post on my blog to their deliciousness:

      http://entreethegiant.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/best-ever-turkey-burgers/

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    186. These were excellent! I added some garlic salt and omitted the red onions. I was concerned that these wouldn't bond without an egg, but that was not the case. "Grilled" them on the griddle and the "charring" only added to the amazing flavor. My 3 year old loved them.

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    187. I was just going to click rather than comment, but there was no "LOVE" button to click. My daughter made these for my husband and me last night. They were scrumptious. I just copied your recipe and will make them often. We are currently trying to lose weight with the Weight Watchers' program. Your point information is very helpful. Thank you so much!

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    188. tried the burgers tonight. Awesome. thanks for the recipe. Great taste and plenty of protein.

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    189. Is there anyway to make these without the breadcrumbs? I'm on a diet that is no carbs first few weeks...Maybe sub that for egg whites to bind it all together?

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    190. This were absolutely delicious! My husband loved them too. Thank you so much for all your recipes. I LOVE your site.

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