We love these delicious high protein burgers because they are packed with grated zucchini and it is the bariatric friendly secret to a juicy, lean and light burger! Enjoy in confidence!
5 oz grated zucchini (when squeezed 4 oz)
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp grated red onion
1 tbsp fresh oregano
3/4 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (from Salad Savors)
For the salad:
1 cucumber, diced
3/4 cup quartered grape tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped red onion
1/3 cup kalamata olives (from Salad Savors)
1/4 cup roasted peppers (from Salad Savors)
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh oregano
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp crumbled feta (from Salad Savors)
*Squeeze ALL the moisture from the zucchini with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well, add 1/4 cup of feta from the Salad Savors, mix and make 5 equal patties, not too thick so they cook in the center. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
*In a medium bowl combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, SaladSavors, vinegar, salt and remaining Feta. Mix well.
*To cook indoors: 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 oil the grates generously to prevent sticking. Cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center.
*To serve, place the burger on a dish and top with 2/3 cup of salad.
Servings: 5, Serving Size: 1 burger plus salad
Protein: 20 grams
Carbs: 10 grams
Fat: 11 grams
I am a huge fan of DeLallo’s Salad Savors which lets you create a crazy-good salad in minutes with top quality ingredients and no fuss! This burger was inspired by the Zesty Feta Salad Savors I had in my fridge.
Salad Savors are currently available at Giant Eagle, Kings, FoodCity, Piggly Wiggly, Redner’s, Ingles, McCaffrey’s, Festival Foods, Winn Dixie, BiLo, Meijer, Tops, Acme, The Fresh Market, Boyers, Caputo’s, Safeway, Marsh & ShopRite.
If you can’t get Salad Savors near you, I’ve listed the measurements separate for the cheese, roasted peppers and olives for your convenience, but this was all basically taken from one box. A tip if you want to make these outside on the grill, make the patties ahead and keep them well chilled in the refrigerator (or put them in the freezer for 15 minutes) so they stay firm.