Zucchini Feta Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki

June 2, 2009


It’s burger season! (Though, when is it not?) Truth be told, I rarely make burgers at home. But when I told ChowPapa that I planned on making cheeseburgers the other night, in a surprising move, he encouraged me to make a lighter version. His idea was to use turkey instead of beef. (I think he likes the idea of saving the sinful burger meals for one of the many great burgers we can go out and get on date night).

Simply substituting turkey for beef didn’t sound very exciting to me. So I scanned the fridge for inspiration and came up with these Zucchini Feta Burgers. I mixed the feta right in with the meat, but you can just as easily save it for on top. Instead of crumbling the cheese, carefully take a slice from your block and melt it using the grill or broiler.

Ketchup just won’t do for these burgers (though, Isaac specifically requested the red stuff), so whip up a little tzatziki. It takes all of 2 minutes. Greek style yogurt yields the best consistency, but regular plain yogurt (full or low fat) works, too.

Zucchini Feta Turkey Burgers
(can be served to kids 8+ mos)

1 lb ground organic turkey
2 organic zucchinis, grated
organic feta, crumbled (be sure it’s pasteurized if feeding to young eaters)
salt and pepper (skip the salt in burgers for the very little ones)
butter for cooking, optional

1. Mix the turkey, zucchini, feta, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Make palm size balls.

2. If grilling, broiling, or using a seasoned griddle pan, flatted the burgers and cook ’em up. If frying in a regular old frying pan, melt 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in the pan (seems like a lot, but turkey is very lean). Place balls in the pan. Let cook for about one minute, then smash with a spatula. Brown one side, then flip and cook through. Serve older kid and adult portions on hamburger buns.

(can be adapted for kids 8+ mos)

1 5.3 oz container plain, organic greek style yogurt (about 3/4 c)
1 clove organic garlic, finely minced
1/4 c organic cucumber, seeded and finely diced (about 1/4 of a large cuke)
juice of 1/2 an organic lemon (use cider vinegar if serving to kids under 12 mos)
1 tbsp organic dill, chopped
1 tsp organic olive oil

1. Mix yogurt, garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, dill, and olive oil thoroughly. Add salt to older kid and adult portions. Serve.

5 Responses

  1. shannon says:

    This looks wonderful! Tzatziki is one of my favorite things. (Weirdly, I used to not like cucumbers by themselves but, since having my daughter, I find them super tasty. Pregnancy does weird things to our bodies!)

    Honestly, I think you Chow Ladies are brilliant. We made your quinoa stir fry the other night and it was amazingly good. I never knew I could make something so yummy and that it could be so easy. (We did go for the greasy version.)

    We also made the chicken breaded with walnuts. Incredible. I’d gotten pretty good at making juicy chicken breasts on the grill pan, but these chicken tenders took the juice to a whole new level. I had never made anything fried at home before (except for the occasional eggplant), and I was a bit intimidated. Thanks for using your brilliant culinary minds to come up with so many recipes that are healthy and easy and YUMMY.

  2. stacie says:

    Yay–I’m so glad that so many of our recipes are working out for you, shannon! Especially since we didn’t hire you to say these nice things–lol! Seriously, very happy to help make cooking easier without compromising health or taste. that’s the goal. thanks for reading and posting (and putting a smile on my face today)!

  3. michelle says:

    i love your blog! it’s a nice mix of good, seasonal recipes that are good for kids too – i look forward to reading more 🙂 thanks!!

  4. michelle says:

    Thanks for following us! And for the kudos! We love to hear from parents who are finding the support they need here to feed their families the way they want!

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