Juicy Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

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My trick to making the juiciest turkey burgers EVER is to add grated zucchini! A huge bonus if you want your kids to eat more veggies! (It’s also an easy Air fryer recipe!)

These Juicy Turkey Burgers with Zucchini are the juiciest EVER by adding grated zucchini!Juicy Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

These are the BEST turkey burgers! They come out so juicy, and the flavor is delicious. I started experimenting with adding zucchini to my turkey burgers back in 2010 and never looked back. They are healthy, easy and and perfect for quick dinners any night of the week. You can also try these Greek Feta Turkey Burgers.

My trick to making the juiciest turkey burgers EVER is by adding grated zucchini! A huge bonus if you want your kids to eat more veggies – they'll never know!

Adding zucchini also lowers the calories per serving because you get five patties out of 1 pound of ground turkey them instead of four. Serve them with your favorite burger toppings, on a whole wheat bun or skip the bun and serve them on lettuce to keep the carbs low. These can be grilled or cooked indoors. If you want to make them on the grill, it’s best to make the patties ahead (overnight is best) and keep them refrigerated so they hold their shape. You can also freeze them and thaw them right on the grill.

How To Make the Best Turkey Burgers

  • Use a box grater to grate the zucchini, onion and garlic super fine. A mini chopper would also work.
  • 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.
  • Squeeze ALL the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties, 4 1/2 ounces each, not too thick so they cook in the center.

To Cook Turkey Burgers on a Skillet:

Heat a large nonstick 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.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers:

Cook in a single layer in two batches 370F for 10 minutes, turning half way until browned and cooked through in the center.

For Grilled Turkey Burgers:

Clean grill well before cooking and spray with oil spray to prevent sticking. Cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center.

My trick to making the juiciest turkey burgers EVER is to add grated zucchini!

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My trick to making the juiciest turkey burgers EVER is by adding grated zucchini! A huge bonus if you want your kids to eat more veggies – they'll never know!
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Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

161 Cals 18 Protein 4.5 Carbs 7 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 5 burgers
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
My trick to making the juiciest turkey burgers EVER is by adding grated zucchini! A huge bonus if you want your kids to eat more veggies – they'll never know!


  • 6 oz grated zucchini, when squeezed 4.25 oz
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp grated red onion
  • 1 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • oil spray


  • Squeeze ALL the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties, 4 ounces each, not too thick so they cook in the center.
  • STOVE: Heat a large nonstick 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. Cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center.

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Squeeze out all the moisture well from the zucchini using paper towels.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties, 4 ounces each, 1/2 inch thick.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370F.
  • Cook in a single layer in two batches 10 minutes, turning half way until browned and cooked through in the center.


*Use gluten-free crumbs for gluten-free diets.


Serving: 1burger, Calories: 161kcal, Carbohydrates: 4.5g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 385mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 4
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  1. So many good burger recipes you have I have not done this what I call the original classic in awhile. It is so good and we even did on the grill which I usually don’t do. I add additional herbs to it–a spice called Bavarian Seasoning, which as a combo of baarian stlye mustard rosemary garlic thyme bay and sage. ( made by Penzeys) Other then that follow just as is. A favorite, and a classice

  2. I love ST recipes, but this was extremely bland.

  3. Made these tonight and they were delicious. Eaten by a picky 3yo, my 9yo who rarely eats veggies willingly, and my 10yo. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for an awesome Memorial Day option! Other than going a little heavy on the garlic and onion, I followed and cooked the recipe exactly as written and it was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. Planning on making a bulk recipe and freezing.

  5. Loved these and will definitely make again! Cut up a leftover burger and added it to my rice bowl the next day, which was also very good!

  6. These burgers were amazing! My whole family ate them all up! Thanks for the recipe! My daughter is picky so her eating the entire burger was a win!

  7. Very moist but as written also kind of bland. I will definitely use this again as a template and add more seasoning to the mix.

  8. Love this recipe. I made a few in skillet and a few in air fryer. Both are great! My air fryer doesn’t have 370 temp setting so I cooked 8 minutes @ 375.

  9. Really great recipe. I added some Worcestershire sauce and a tiny amount of grated parm to the burgers. Flavorful and moist. Had a little over a pound of meat so was able to get 6 patties. 

  10. This burger is outstanding. Simple, healthy, and full of flavor. Love it! Thanks, Gina!

  11. We’re in LOVE with this recipe!  Talk about moist and full of flavor??!!!!!!  It was mind blowing and can’t wait to make it again.  Thank you for a truly inspiring recipe!
    (can you imagine what they would taste like in some marinara sauce? yummmmmm

  12. Made these tonight in the air fryer….they are super moist and absolutely delicious!

  13. This is a star recipe, representative of how good healthy cooking can be. Every time I make them, I think I could live on these. This time just did in skillet. Only addition was some spices ( Penzey Bavarian seasoning) sprinkled on the outside before browning in skillet. A favorite every time.

  14. Just made these, they were amazing!  A few days ago I grated my ABUNDANCE of zucchini using my food processor and spent hours draining the liquid.  Perfect amount for these turkey burgers (yum!) and some zucchini bread.

  15. Hi! About how many cups would 6 oz of grated zucchini be? Thank you! 

  16. These look delicious! Do you think I could mix them all up and then freeze them and just take them out as we’re ready to eat a burger? I have an abundance of zucchini! Thanks!!! 

  17. These were the bomb! Better than beef burgers and way healthier!! We all loved them. Good the next day cold also. Grating and squeezing the water out of the zucchini was messy and time consuming BUT SO WORTH IT! Thanks for the outstanding recipe,

  18. Gina, you create some awesome recipes and this one does not disappoint. I’ve made these several times and everyone loves them.  They are so juicy. I just made a double batch for company and typically serve them with grilled veggies and a salad.  In the beginning I made the burgers following the recipe exactly. Lately I’ve been adding a chopped jalapeño, extra crushed garlic and some crushed red pepper. We like things spicy!  I love that these are very healthy. This has become a regular meal rotation for us. 

  19. This was a hit in my house. I had bought the Costco ground turkey, so I doubled the recipe and made one batch as burger patties, and the other as meatballs to freeze for another day. I used the air fryer and made some home made sweet potato fries to go with it. The burgers were so juicy. Everything was enjoyed by my picky kids. This will be on regular rising

  20. So good. My husband and I loved them. This is going to join my recipe rotation! I love your recipes. I have almost all your cookbooks now. 

  21. So delicious and easy – perfect for toddler too! Maybe my favorite skinnytaste recipe I’ve made.

  22. These burgers were outstanding in the air fryer, NOT dry, great flavor and my family had no idea that zucchini was inside. These turkey burgers will be my go to from now on. Loved them

      • These are incredible!  I was leery about the cumin but I made them as written and, honestly, wouldn’t change a thing.  I grilled them on my ninja foodi and it took about 12 minutes on medium. They were juicy and delicious and the texture is just like a hamburger.  I will be eating these instead of beef on hamburger night from now on. BTW, I also get 4 points on WW green when I put this in the recipe calculator.  I used regular bread crumbs so that may be the difference.  Thank you for another keeper!!

  23. This is the BEST turkey burger ever!
    I made them today and they are so moist and tasty!
    Thank you for so the wonderful recipes you post!

  24. I kind of winged the times and temp in my ninja foodi, and they turned out delicious!

  25. Delicious!! So easy and the recipe came together very quickly. This will be my go to turkey burger from now on!

  26. So simple, so quick, so healthy, and so delicious. I didn’t have any seasoned breadcrumbs so I used plain breadcrumbs with ~1 tsp of Italian seasoning. I was surprised by how moist the burgers were. Can’t wait to make them again!

  27. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, Green onions, olive oil. Daughter suggested maybe adding feta and cranberries. I cooked them on the grill. Did not use breading of any kind and they held together great.
    . Beware, For those of you tempted to use Panko, the second ingredient is SUGAR

  28. Best turkey burger I ever had!  Only recipe  II will use going forward!  Thank you so much!

  29. So so good. Better than the beef burgers that my hubby made today. 

  30. Delicious! Thank you! I added Worcestershire and oregano because I thought I had made these before with those ingredients. Very, very tasty! I didn’t even put it on a bun.

  31. OMG!  These are the best turkey burgers ever!!  It is a great recipe, very impressed with how flavorful it turned out.

  32. I added chopped mushrooms and worcestershire. I used 99% ff turkey. So yummy!

  33. This was really delicious, I had to use up left over zucchini and it really stretched our burgers further.  I ended up omitting the bread crumbs and they still turned out perfectly!  I like eating my burgers with spinach, fig butter, and some laughing cow cheese- this patty was so juicy and filled me up, will definitely rotate this into my recipe arsenal. 

  34. These were incredible. I used almond flour instead of breadcrumbs, but otherwise followed the recipe fully. I used them in the cheeseburger salad and it was absolutely delicious.

  35. Delicious!!!

  36. Can these burgers be frozen before cooking?

    • Did you ever try them frozen? I’m thinking I might try making and freezing over night to do the next day

  37. Made these for the first time tonight and cooked them on my George Foreman grill. Delicious ! Way better then I expected since turkey dries out easily, the zucchini, solved that issue. I used frozen zucchini and thawed it over the day and cut it up into small pieces. Only change I made was to skip the salt and add a teaspoon of Maggi,

  38. These are great!!  I have made them twice in the last couple of week and shared this recipe with friends and family.  Love the idea of zucchini!  We know ground turkey breast can be dry, so this moistens them, and taste wonderful!  Thank you!

  39. I made these for dinner tonight in air fryer with homemade fries! Yum! Wow! Thanks Gina!

  40. Terrific recipe! These are full of flavor and very moist and I loved the addition of zucchini! I do not eat grains and used a tablespoon of coconut flour as another commenter suggested. Will leave it out altogether next time to see if it’s fine without it. Thank you!

  41. I just want to tell you how wonderful I have found this recipe.  My wife and I are on a balanced/protein based program to lose fat and gain muscle.  I have been making these for about 4 months now, starting out with cooking them on the stovetop and now I’ve migrated to baking the batch all at once on a silpat in the oven.  We have lost about 60 pounds between the two of us and discovering this recipe from you is a major component of our efforts.  My wife, especially, was not a ground turkey fan, but I have won her over.  A batch hardly makes it through the week.  Thanks again, great work!!!!!

  42. These tasted nice but weren’t juicy at all. Not sure what I did wrong. Did I squeeze the zucchini too much? Or maybe I had them in the air fryer too long? I was trusting my meat thermometer. I will try again. The family enjoyed them.

    • These were amazing!!! I prepared it exactly as suggested and it was incredible! I cannot wait to grill them again this spring/summer!!!

  43. Just tried this recipe for dinner and it was so good! Added a slice of low fat Pepper Jack cheese and It felt like I was having a cheat meal and it was still so healthy and yummy!! Def adding this to the weekly roster!!

  44. I love these Turkey Burgers! They are so moist and flavorful, and my family loves them as well. I use my potato ricer to squeeze out the zucchini liquid. It’s easier, less messy and works better than paper towels!

  45. How are these 3 pts in purple. I get 1 pt each

    • Hi.  I just added it in recipe builder for green and got 4 points.  I double checked and still got 4.  Not sure what I am doing wrong.

  46. Made this for lunch and absolutely delicious. Grilled. Served on bun with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and a dill,prickle slice. Moist and flavorful. Froze extra patties. Hubby cannot eat red meat due to dietary restrictions and this is a great “hamburger” option.

  47. So easy and so good! Did these in my new air fryer and they were to die for- mine did cook a bit quicker than 10 minutes so make sure you check the internal temp while they are going! I’ve found my fryer cooks quicker than a couple recipes. I froze the extra patties for later 🙂

  48. These were so delicious! You’re a recipe Q.U.E.E.N.! I love that your recipes are not only healthy but kid & husband approved every time as well. Thank you for making my WW journey so much easier!

  49. Such a delicious recipe! the burger patties turn out flavorful, juicy, and delicious Here was my twist for serving the burger: I made it into a “pizza burger” and it likely may not comply with WW and calorie watching but just thought I’ll share. I had pretzel buns at home so I lightly crisped the buns on a pan with olive oil spread, then placed a drizzle of warmed marinara sauce on the bun, a slice of pepper jack cheese on the warm bun and warm sauce to start melting, then placed the burger patty on the sauce/cheese. Added a little more marinara on top of the patty and the top bun for my husband/lettuce on top for my burger.

  50. Did I calculate wrong? For 99% lean turkey, it came out to zero points for 1 and 1 point for 2 burgers. Anyone else?

  51. I used coconut flour in place of breadcrumbs (1/8 cup) –turned out juicy

  52. Why when I build all your recipes in my WW app the points are always off I did this one to a T and they come out as 1 point ? I do love this burger it’s fantastic the only difference is I used ground chicken cutlet

    • Hi Tracy! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  53. Is it necessary to use the bread crumbs? I try to leave that out when possible.

  54. Thank you SO much for this terrific recipe! So simple but SO DELICIOUS! I made these the other night for my family and everyone LOVED them even my 6 year old daughter who is very picky! She said daddy this is delicious! Made me very happy! Not kidding these might be the best most juicy burger I have ever had. Certainly the best ones I have ever made. Thanks again for sharing this great recipe!

  55. This really is a great recipe. I tweaked it a bit by adding grated carrots, substituted cooked quinoa for the bread crumbs, and added a dash of Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I also used 99% lean ground turkey and cooked them burgers on a grill pan. I made protein burgers by wrapping them up in crisp iceberg lettuce–they were delicious! I served them with air fried sweet potato fries.

  56. Another winner Gina!! These were fantastic!!

  57. Made these for the first time tonight and they are AMAZING–flavorful, juicy and satisfying. I have made a ton of Skinnytaste recipes, most of which are super delicious, but I think this is my favorite ever. Perfect for a quick summer weeknight dinner. Yum!

  58. My 7yo picky eater actually requests these. They are that good!

  59. Delicious recipe! Easy to make and oh so good.

  60. Yummy turkey burgers! I like to use all white meat ground turkey but can end up with a dry burger. With the addition of the zucchini that was not a problem. I enjoy lemon pepper and celery seed in my mixture so went ahead and added them along with the other ingredients. My hubby grilled the burgers for me and enjoyed them with a grilled corn salad. Will definitely make these again! Made and reviewed for the Alphabet tag game.

  61. These sound delicious. Can they be frozen after they are cooked or before?  Thanks. 

  62. Made these burgers tonight.  They were delicious.  The zucchini really does make them moist and juicy.  

  63. My husband had his gallbladder out he had to eat lowfat after the surgery. These are so good we have had them twice in 2 weeks. They are easy to make and very tastey. Thanks for the recipe

  64. This will be my go-to turkey burger recipe! So juicy and delicious! I used to use BBQ sauce to make them moist, but the zucchini does it without sugar and with added veggie benefit. Thanks for sharing this! I cooked them in a grill pan on the stove.

  65. Great tasting burger!  I cooked them on the stovetop as described but used olive oil instead of cooking spray and they crumbled up.  Does the cooking spray make a difference?  Thanks!

  66. Great recipe, i used plain panko breadcrumbs, fresh parsley ,basill & dill.. made 4 burgers with 1 lb of meat. Topped with gorgonzola, served on a toasted english muffin.

  67. I made these a few months ago & froze them.. idky but I ignored them until about a week ago… I’ve eaten them everyday SINCE they’re SO good. I eat them with mixed veggies for lunch & its super satisfying and tasty. Making another freezer batch this weekend! OBSESSED. 

  68. So I know there are already a million comments on here but I just have to say… these are AMAZING!!! This is my go to recipe for burgers and my husband loves them too! We eat these at least twice a month. They’re so easy and make a perfect lunch leftover!

  69. I printed the original recipe that called for 1.25 lbs of ground turkey on May 23, 2010.  I am still loving these turkey burgers and use each recipe according to the weight of the packaged turkey.  Gina, I have a whole file of your recipes that have become an integral part of my family’s meal planning.  Thanks for all you do!

  70. Really, really, really good. This will be my go to for turkey burgers or meatballs. The addition of spices for a change up are endless. Wonder how it would work as a meatloaf?? Hmm….. Thank you.

  71. I made some changes… my turkey came in 1.33 lb packages, I didn’t increase the zucchini but added some leftover shredded carrot I needed to use up. I used plain panko bread crumbs and added some other burger grilling-type seasonings because that’s what I had. And I left out the grated onion. I added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and 2 eggs. With my additions, it was a bit too wet so I added some old fashioned oats until it looked right. I should have used them instead of the panko to begin with, but I forgot. It made (7) 4.5oz burgers with a bit leftover. I pan seared the little one and it was great, very moist! The others are chillin’ in the fridge until tomorrow night. 🙂

  72. Hi, Gina – I just ran this through the Recipe Builder, and, even including 5 oil sprays, I’m only coming up with 1 Point for each burger. Thanks for another great recipe. You are my #1 go-to WW recipe source.

  73. My favorite turkey burger. My go to dinner when pre-cooking for the week. I add a little kefir cheese to the ingredients.

  74. I’ve been making these intermittently for a number of years and they’re always great. Our family is mostly vegetarian and my husband is vegan (all on preference rather than principle) but I regularly make these to bring a meal to friends and about once or twice a year make a batch for our family. I make 12 slider style mini burgers and pack them in my kids’ lunches. They love them! So many of my favorite freezer recipes come from you, such as black bean butternut squash enchiladas and mushroom shepherds pie. Just wanted to pop in and say thanks!!!

  75. These look delicious! Another way to keep lean turkey (I use 99% lean) moist is to mince 2 or 3 mushrooms and some onion to mix in with the turkey. I don’t add egg or breadcrumbs. They are deliciously moist every time and only zero freestyle Points! If they are chilled when you put them on the grill, they don’t fall apart at all. 
    Gina, I am so thankful for your amazing site and recipes. I have been making your recipes for a few months now and the whole family raves! I will be buying your cookbook when it comes out. Thank you! 

  76. These were delicious! I have made turkey burgers in the past and they always came out dry. The zucchini made them perfect!

  77. I am making these on repeat!! The only changes I made was to saute the red onion in a bit of of olive oil for added flavor and I throw in a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce. 

  78. Everyone who I make these for love them. They are so juicy and tasty.  We put a little fresh avocado on top and then melt a thin slice of provolone cheese (they don’t need the bun).  Easy, quick and delicious!

  79. AMAZING!!!!!

  80. These are delicious! Moist. Flavourful. Easy to make. A new favourite recipe for ground turkey!

  81. Delicious!! 

  82. Has anyone added egg white to this recipe? My husband wanted to try it with egg white & all the other ingredients. 

  83. OMG! This burgers, served on a Smartbagel (100cal) with Gina’s Peruvian green sauce: Awesome!

  84. Why are these 3 free style points? The only thing that isn’t a zero point is the bread crumbs and that works out to less than 1Tablespoon of crumbs per burger and 1/4 cup is only three points. Great recipe!

  85. I added a bit of coriander and cumin and omitted the breadcrumbs by accident. I am also GF and I did not miss the breadcrumbs at all. The 2nd time, I added turkey bacon on top! OMG! Mind blown! I cannot believe the taste. Seriously…I just may not ever make a beef burger again. It’s just that good! Nom, nom, nom. My husband is not a huge turkey burger fan and LOVED these! WhoopWhoop!

  86. This is the first time I have ever made turkey burgers that were actually delicious! Thank you for this recipe

  87. These are the best turkey burgers EVER!  Who knew zucchini could make such a delicious difference!  

  88. These were delicious. My kids loved them and were begging for more. I should have doubled the recipe. My entire family said they were the best burgers they’d ever had AND they’re healthy. Mom win!!

  89. You CANNOT go wrong with these delicious juicy burgers!!!!!!! They are so tasty, and now we make them all the time. I make them ahead,split them up and freeze them this way I can just pull one out for lunch or dinner and they are wonderful, I tell everyone about where I got the recipe!

  90. What season do you put in the breadcrumbs?

  91. Just plugged the ingredients in to my WW app and came up with 4SPs, not 3. 🙁

  92. Delicious!  I actually made mine with venison  and on the grill and came out perfect.  My son the picky eater (he’s 7). Enjoyed the burger gave it a thumbs up.  It’s so hard to get my kids to eat veggies, this was perfect. 

  93. SUPER delicious turkey burger and so easy to make. I barely tasted the zucchini, although I do love zucchini! I can imagine these would be great for kids because they might not even notice the veggies 🙂

  94. My family loves these burgers. They are so juicy and flavorful

  95. I should have doubled this recipe.  My 15 year old son ate 3 of these.

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  98. Has anyone tried these with 99% turkey? Since that’s 0’points, I’m assuming the breadcrumbs would be the only point value….1 each?

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  100. Insanely Delicious !  Better than a beef hamburger in my opinion. This recipe isn’t in my permanent file of recipes. I️ did use garlic powder instead of fresh and added some steak and shake seasoning. 

  101. I honestly cannot believe how good these are. I like them as much as an actual hamburger. Found these off of Weight Watchers Connect (user eastendgirl1) and man I am so glad I did! Thank you for helping me love food and be healthy!!!!!

  102. Can you make this and then freeze for a meal prep? Or would you have to leave it ucooked?

  103. Why are these so good? Separately you wouldn’t think the ingredients would be magical, but somehow put together, they are delicious. I had to make some slight adjustments because I was out of bread crumbs, so I crumbled some saltines in and also added some rolled oats. Also, I wanted to save some of my zucchini for another recipe, so here I used half zucchini and half grated carrot. I also added an egg because I was worried it wouldn’t stick together, but I’m not sure if that was necessary. I don’t think these changes made the flavor much different from the original, however, and it is GOOD. I never thought I’d like a turkey burger better than a beef burger, but this is steep competition.

  104. Made these for my sons birthday party last night… everyone raved how good they were. It was great using zucchini, we have a few in our CSA box this week!

  105. YUM!! I had these for lunch with some salad and tzatziki sauce – so good! I have to admit, I was nervous while I was making them because they weren’t hanging together so well, but they were delicious! The streak continues – I have never been disappointed by a Skinnytaste recipe. Thank you thank you thank you Gina!

  106. Made these last night as we are trying to get away from eating red meat. These were amazing!! We added feta into the burger patty, topped them with arugula, balsamic caramelized onions, avocado, garlic aioli, and tomato slice. Simply amazing!!!!

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  108. Hi: I have a question about your burgers as a whole. When you show them for a meal do you serve them with a top bun or do you just eat them without top bun? I see this on other sites and wonder the same thing,

    Thanks in advance for your answer!!!!


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  111. These were so easy and great! I’m expecting my first child in August and am trying to stock up on freezer meals before he arrives. These burgers are definitely on my list of meals to freeze! Thank you! 🙂

  112. Hi Gina,
    My grocery store sells ground turkey in 1&1/3 lb packages so I’ve adjusted the recipe so I use up all of the turkey.  I also add 3/4 teaspoon of  tarragon. Yummy.  

  113. I used chicken instead of turkey, very nice thank you.  I am loving your recipes Gina.

  114. I assembled these last night and I’m going to BBQ them tonight. Can anyone tell me the condiments they use on the burger?  Mustard ? Mayo? Ketchup ? Thanks! 

  115. Just made these for dinner. Delish!!! I love your recipes Gina!!! Thank you!!!

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  118. These were Amazing! I’ve tried several turkey burger recipes and this is by far the best. Even my husband loved them and its hard to find healthy recipes that he enjoys. I am going to make up a batch and freeze them. Thanks for the great recipe!

  119. My breadcrumbs aren’t seasoned. How would you suggest seasoning them?

    • I love all your recipes and photos. What changes would I need to make if I substituted ground chicken instead of turkey? Ground chicken I find has a wetter consistency so I was wondering if I needed to add more bread crumbs (or a substitute).

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  121. Just had these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I’m looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. My husband gave me two thumbs up which is a really high rating for him. 🙂
    Thank you, Gina!

    • Made another batch last night. I make them with a 20 oz package of 99% fat free turkey breast and they’re still juicy and delicious. I put chipotle mayo on mine which added a nice spicy kick. I want to try it with some roasted green chilies as well.

  122. If ever I don’t have turkey can I use beef and it will still taste good?

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  124. Best burgers ever!!!! Recipe is just perfect ????????

  125. This is my favorite go to Paleo Burger!  In order to make it Paleo I replace the breadcrumbs with Almond Meal from Trader Joe’s.  I could eat this everyday!

  126. How do you recommend reheating them if I am making them for later in the week?

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  130. Would it be best to freeze these raw, then defrost & cook?

  131. Tried these for the first time a couple months ago and I am so impressed. Never thought to add zucchini to my turkey meat. So glad you shared this recipe. So moist and lots of flavor too. I make them up ahead of time and then I put them in the freezer. As a matter of face I just put 20 of them in my freezer the other day. Thanks so very much for all of your recipes.

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  133. I tried these for the first time last night and all I can say is WOW! I am completely impressed and pleasantly surprised all at the same time. I was skeptical about putting zucchini in my burger. My husband was even more skeptical. He tolerates zucchini but is not a fan by any stretch. So when he saw me putting grated zucchini into the burger patties he got a little concerned about his dinner. His concerns (and my skepticism) were quieted when we took that first bite. It was moist and delicious and you honestly cannot taste the zucchini at all. These will definitely be making it into the regular rotation in our house! Thank you so much for you wonderful recipes!!!!!

  134. Has anyone tried freezing these? I would assume freezing them cooked is the best option but are they good defrosted? My husband is not a burger lover but sometimes i just want a really good burger and i guess i could just figure out how to make 1 burger but if i could freeze them they would be really cool to pop out for a quick lunch at work if need be.

  135. Hi Gina!  I want to say that I have tried ALOT of your recipes and I haven’t come across one yet that my family and I didn’t like!  Several are a staple for our weeknight dinners!  I do have a question about the sausage boats as well as the turkey burgers. Can the zucchini be interchanged with yellow squash?

    Thanks in advance!

  136. These were great! easily adjusted to our tastes. Thanks for another great recipe Gina 🙂

  137. These were so good! we are new to weight watchers and slowly learning good recipes. This will stay in rotation. My super picky 2 year old ate 1/2 a patty and that’s a lot for her! I love the added veggies in it. Score!

  138. I’m gf and I think instead of gf bread crumbs, almond meal might work really well. I’m going to give it a try. ????

  139. These were amazing….

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  141. Hi Gina,  So I bought you Skinny Taste cookbook and last night I tried Naked Persian Turkey Burgers, and I have to say this turkey burger was the best I’ve ever had!  The whole recipe with salad was amazing.  I just wanted to let you know.  Thanks for such great and healthy recipes!

  142. my 8 year old is so picky and she ate 2 and a half patties!!!  These are the BEST turkey burgers we’ve ever had 🙂

  143. Gina!!! Another amazing recipe, thank you so much!! It was perfect! 

  144. I have NEVER had a turkey burger I liked until I ate this one tonight! It was moist and had so much flavor. Fantastic! 

  145. Made these tonight and they were awesome! We’ve had turkey burgers before but these were the best we’ve ever had! 🙂

  146. I feel like I am doing something wrong I have made these twice now and love the flavor but they are not holding shape at all 🙁 any advice for next time? 

  147. Help!  Can we have approximate zucchini amounts in cups as well as by weight?  I don’t have room for a scale in my kitchen and I cook by the volume not weight.  5 oz  zucchini, squeezed dry is approximately how much in cups?   Thanks!!

    • I have similar Q about the quantity of zucchini. I’ve never grated zucchini before. I plan to start with just 1 average-sized zucchini (since that’s what’s in my fridge) and hope it will produce about 5 oz of grated zucchini.

      Due to dietary restrictions in our household, the zucchini will be peeled and seeds removed, so 1 zucchini may come up short especially after squeezing the moisture out. However, I don’t think too little zucchini will make the recipe unworkable, maybe just less tasty. Any input from those with experience grating and measuring zucchini would be much appreciated. 🙂

  148. Gina – If I use 93% ground beef instead of turkey (what’s on hand), will it change the point value? Thanks!

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  150. Recipe look great .can i used ground chicken instead of turkey?

  151. which store do you find whole wheat breadcrumbs. I have had no luck at 3 different grocery stores.

  152. A family favorite! I cook in a cast iron skillet until I get a crust and then finish off in oven.

  153. Is is it supposed to be 1 tsp combined of salt and pepper or 1 tsp of each?

  154. Could you update this recipe with the Smart Points? Thanks 🙂

  155. This was beyond delicious. How sp points?

  156. One of my favorite skinnytaste recipes. Makes a great burger or meatballs. I've substituted shredded carrots for zucchini and they taste great like that, too.

  157. Made these for lunch with grated carrot instead of zucchini because I forgot I used the last of my zucchini last night. They are delicious! Served over mixed greens and topped with chopped tomatoes. Flavorful and filling and very healthy. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  158. I made these as mini turkey meatballs today. Cooked them at 350° for 25 minutes on a lined baking sheet and then dropped them into a big pot of minestrone soup and let them simmer along with the soup a few minutes before serving. All 5 of us loved it!

  159. As I was checking out your recipe for meat free zucchini "meat"balls, I remembered this fantastic turkey zucchini recipe. So yummy. Then I thought, why can't I make meatballs out of this instead of patties? – and the answer is of course I can! Trying tonight with pomodoro sauce.

  160. Gina, I've been using your website for a couple years now and what you're doing has helped me completely change my eating habits. It's miraculous. I've been counting calories and have lost a total of 80lbs! Skinnytaste is my first go-to for planning out meals for the week.

    I want to point out that these burgers are AMAZING. I followed the recipe, sprinkled some creole seasoning on top as they were cooking, and made some sweet potato bites to go along with it. My boyfriend exclaimed that these were the best burgers he's eaten all year. We live in a very "foodie" area so that's truly saying something! Thanks for everything you do, Gina, you're helping people change their lives for the better!

  161. I don't generally leave comments on anything but I have to say these are some of the best burgers I've ever had. My parents said the same thing, my dad doesn't even want beef burgers anymore! My fiancé loved them as well. I don't even understand how they're so good, generally I'm not huge on turkey/chicken burgers but these are incredible. I make your recipes every week and this is one of my favourites (which says a lot, since I have loved them all). Thank you!!

  162. Can you make them ahead and freeze them?

  163. can cucumber be used instead of zucchini ?

  164. This was, without question, the BEST Turkey Burger I've ever made. The entire family was blown away and I have a few excellent turkey burger recipes so this is a huge compliment. This will be in rotation now that summer is here and we can grill! Thank you again for your amazing, delicious recipes.

  165. Amazing recipe!! I made these and they were so tasty. Best turkey burger I've ever had. I did not have breadcrumb on had so I left them out and they weren't missed…texture was still fine.

  166. I am so excited to try these out this weekend camping! How much is 5 oz. of zucchini though? 1 whole or half?

  167. Made these for Mother's Day dinner and they were delicious!

  168. Those look amazing! I'm on such a turkey meat kick lately–turkey kielbasa, turkey hot dogs, turkey burgers, turkey meat balls, turkey sausage, turkey bacon…all delicious and lower in fat! I heart zucchini too so I will definitely try this one!

  169. OMG…..these were fantastic! My husband so no more burger – he only wants these! They were abslutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

  170. These sound so yummy, and what a great way to sneak in some veggies!


  171. Can't wait to try this recipe. I made turkey burgers the other night and added some crumbled feta for moisture and fresh chopped mint. My daughter and I loved them, but I really, really like the idea of grated zucchini for moisture and fiber.

  172. Must admit, I was very skeptical about these but because it's your recipe, Gina, and have yet to try one of your recipes that I didn't like, I made them today. Absolutely delicious. I am amazed! Thank you for all your great recipes!

  173. was wondering how can you freeze these? thanks, lilly

  174. One delicious burger. I'm going to have a small get-together this weekend so I'm excited making this burger. Thank you for your recipe.

  175. I just bought your cookbook Gina and signed up right away for emails. Can't wait to try these burgers. Reading the reviews is great.
    Looking foward to more recipes and cookbooks!!

  176. I also shredded ½ of a granny smith apple

  177. I will try it but we cannot get turkey easily so I will try ostrich instead as that is very lean and I will see how they come out as I love courgettes.

  178. I can't wait to try these! I absolutely love your buffalo turkey burgers with the shredded carrot mixed in — made them for my boyfriend's sister and she couldn't stop raving about how they were so much better and moister than and she had tried before.

  179. Gina, these burgers look so yummy I think my "no way, not ground turkey" hubby would eat them!

  180. We LOVE your turkey burgers with carrots (the only kind my son will eat!) but I'll have to try these. Thanks Gina!

  181. These were fantastic…juicy and delicious! I cooked inside on my grill pan so I could get a nice sear. I always look forward to dinner when making your recipes!

  182. This is perfect! I bought an overabundance of zucchini this week and have been trying to think of a way to use them. I was already planning to grill turkey burgers for dinner tomorrow night! What a genius idea! Thanks!

  183. I made these tonight on the grill with NO breadcrumbs for my daughter who is following the Paleo diet and they were delicious!! NO breadcrumbs!

  184. Another easy, delicious recipe. I finally learned how to use the shredder on my food processor and my husband assembled the rest when he got home (since I have a cast on one hand.) Will be making again.

  185. I have the same question about leaving out the breadcrumbs. I'm grain-free so oatmeal is a no go as well. Would an egg or two make up for the breadcrumbs? I have a Greek meatball recipe that leaves out the breadcrumbs and subs in 2 eggs and they turn out great. Would that still work with having the zucchini in there? Thanks!

  186. Gina! this recipe looks great. I am going to try it this weekend to make for my lunches next week. would you freeze them before or after cooking? x

  187. These burgers are amazing! I like using turkey as a substitute, but it has a tendency to become dry. Adding the zucchini kept it SUPER moist. Love, love, love this recipe! It's definitely a keeper!

  188. Made these tonight. Didn't have red onion so I used dried shallots. I added some worcestershire sauce too. Turns out dried shallots are really strong and I think it overpowered the turkey. Will definitely follow the recipe as written next time.

  189. These sound delish! Okay to use old fashioned oats? I've seen other burger recipes call for quick oats. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  190. I was looking for a recipe for Turkey Burgers stumbled across this one and haven't looked back! These are turkey burgers don't dry out and are so moist! I like to add some chopped cilantro and a little Sriracha to the mix!

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

    • I've also tried Gina's past recipes and I agree that they were really delicious. I can't wait to make this one with my boyfriend this coming weekend. Thanks Gina!! 🙂

  192. 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?

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

  194. 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!

  195. 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.

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


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

  198. 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!

  199. 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!

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

  201. 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.

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

  203. 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!

  204. 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!

  205. 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.

  206. 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!

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

  208. 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.

  209. 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!).

  210. 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! 🙂

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

  212. 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!

  213. 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

  214. 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?

  215. 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

  216. 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!

  217. 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.

  218. 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 ?

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

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

  221. 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!

  222. These are BEYOND delicious!!!!!!!!

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

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

  225. I made these tonight! Taste amazing! I am also trying the freezing method. Thanks 🙂

  226. What is the total cooking time for the burgers

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

  228. 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.

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

  230. 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.

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

  232. 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.

  233. 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!!

  234. 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!

  235. Dinner tonight!

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

  237. 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.

  238. Do the nutrition facts include the bun?

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

  240. I'll be using gluten free breadcrumbs and wrapping mine in a lettuce 🙂 YUM!!!

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

  242. 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!

  243. 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!!

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

  245. 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!!

  246. 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'!!!


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

  248. 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!

  249. 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.

  250. 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.

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

  252. 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!

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

  254. 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…

  255. 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.

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

  257. Dried breadcrumbs.

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

  259. 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!

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

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

  262. 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!

  263. 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!

  264. So glad you all enjoyed them.

  265. 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!

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

  267. 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!!!

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

  269. 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!

  270. Aren't they awesome!

  271. 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. 🙂

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

  273. 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!

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

  275. 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!!!!

  276. 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 😀

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

  278. Glad you all enjoyed them!!

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

  280. 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…

  281. 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!

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

  283. 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.

  284. 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!

  285. 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!!

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

  287. 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!!!

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

  289. 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?

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

  291. 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?


  292. I really don't get tired of hearing that Heather 🙂

  293. 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!

  294. 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!

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

    Happy you all liked them!

  296. 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.

  297. 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.

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

  299. 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:)

  300. 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)

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

  302. 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!!

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

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

  305. 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!

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

  307. 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!!!!!!

  308. 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!

  309. 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. 😉

  310. These are fantastic!! I grilled them outside – sooo good!!

  311. 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!!

  312. 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.

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

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

  315. 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!

  316. 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!!!!

  317. 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!

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

  319. 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.

  320. 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?

  321. @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!

  322. 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!

  323. 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!

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

  325. 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!

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

  327. @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.

  328. 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)

  329. 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.

  330. Dad's Czech burgers are fried, but I'll work on making them lighter! 🙂

  331. 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.

  332. @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!

  333. 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

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

  335. 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!

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

  337. 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!

  338. 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.

  339. 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!!

  340. Hi Gina,

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

    Thanks Laurie

  341. 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!

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

  343. 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!

  344. 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.

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

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

  347. 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?

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

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

  350. 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!

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

  352. 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!

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

  354. 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!

  355. 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!!

  356. 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

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

  358. 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!

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

  360. 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.

  361. 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! 🙂

  362. 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.

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

  364. 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!

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