Zucchini Chicken Burgers
Zucchini Chicken Burgers

I flippin’ love zucchini. Love it. Love it. Love it. I love the taste. I love how versatile it is (savory? sweet? whatever!). I even love cutting into it—so smooth and easy. 

Zucchini

This here zucchini came from a farm stand down the road, and I knew exactly where it was headed—into zucchini chicken burgers. I’ve had this idea for a few months now for a zucchini-loaded burger. Zucchini is tasty, but it is also an incredible way to add moisture to foods. That’s why it works so well in zucchini bread!

Zucchini Chicken Burgers

I had this idea that you could maybe mix shredded zucchini with a leaner meat (like ground chicken or ground turkey breast) to add back in some moisture. And, oh my, I was so right. It’s juicy, flavorful, and super tasty. Cha-ching!

Zucchini Chicken Burgers

I topped my burgers with a lemon-feta mayo, some homegrown tomato slices, and a big ole piece of red onion (also from the garden). You can feel free to dress your burgs however makes you happy, but I highly recommend trying out the mayo—I’ve included the recipe below—it’s kinda insane. Enjoy.

 
Zucchini Chicken Burgers

Zucchini Chicken Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Use up the bounty of summer in these moist, flavorful and healthy Zucchini Chicken Burgers!

Ingredients

For the Zucchini Chicken Burgers:

  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded finely
  • 1 small onion, shredded finely
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs {recommended: Ian's}
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Buns and other burger toppings (onions, cheese, tomatoes, pickles, etc.)

For the Lemon-Feta Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To prepare the burgers, preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Squeeze the shredded zucchini in small handfuls to release much of the water.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, onion, ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper using clean hands. Form the mixture into four patties.
  4. Grill the patties on the preheated grill or grill pan for 6-7 minutes, then flip, and grill an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the burgers reads 160°F.
  5. While the burgers are cooking, mix together all the mayo ingredients.
  6. Place the burgers on buns and top with mayo, plus other desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Make this delicious burger completely grain-free by using gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and a gluten-free bun!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 836Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 1000mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 8gSugar: 11gProtein: 48g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

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51 Comments

  1. I’d like to try these but am curious about how much shredded zucchini a medium sized zucchini makes. Or could you explain what size you consider medium for a zucchini. Six inches long?

    1. Hi Lydia! 6-8 inches long and 2 or less inches in diameter should be good for this recipe!

  2. oh. em. gee. this was one of the best chicken burgers I’ve ever had! the feta and lemon complement each other so wonderfully! I used greek yogurt instead of mayo and it was perfect. (I use aldi’s greek yogurt and it’s not as tangy as oikos or fage). I didn’t have whole wheat panko but the regular worked fine . This is just for me but I made a whole pound anyway and will make extras to freeze. I will be eating this often. I topped the burger w/ avocado and red onion as well.

  3. Zucchini chicken burger is my favorite i’m eat this in burger king & it is pocket friendly.
    This great post thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  4. Fantastic post and so much to learn. I loved chicken burgers so much thanks for sharing this recipe with us.
    Great Job

  5. Good and Healthy Burger … INGREDIENTS are easy to manage from local store and instructions are easy to make this yummy Burger