May 7, 2014

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
I try not to whine too much. Honestly.
While I am writing this post, my legs hurt like hell from doing intervals very fast last night. 
I’m actually sitting with straights legs, because they seem to cramp if I keep them bent for more than 1 minute. 
But I am well aware that it is my own fault.
I shouldn’t have done intervals, but wanted to because...well...since I’ve promised you guys that I was not going to bore you with my training running mis-adventures, let’s just say that I shouldn’t have done intervals. Period.
Still, I made my choice. I’m an adult, I know what can happen when I overtrain.
There are no accidents to report around here. No whining possible.

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
Soooo, if I were to whine, what would it be about?
1) I would really love to whine about gas prices, but I don’t own a car. When I rent one, I’m always in shock of how ridiculously pricey is to rent a car. It is actually so expensive, the gas price becomes secondary.
2) I would love to whine about cigarette prices too, but I don’t smoke. I find it gross. Although, let’s all agree that smoking a cigarette while sitting on a motorbike makes you look really badass.
3) I would to whine about how everything used to be better in the good old days, but I don’t feel like I’ve lived long enough to make a valid argument on that.
4) I would love to whine about the New York Giants, but it’s not football season yet. I have to wait a lil longer.
5) I would love to whine about how bad the subway car I stepped into earlier this morning smelled (really disgusting), but I got-off at the next stop. No biggies.
As my mum would say “Buck up kiddo and take responsibility for yourself!
Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
One thing I’ll never whine about though is a good, juicy burger.  
Sometimes (more like always) nothing beats a good juicy burger —  with or sans bun.
And even if a bison burger is arguably the bestest burger E-V-A, I do NOT disdain a good ‘ol turkey burger.
Especially when the meat is well-seasoned and mixed with some veggies to pump up the flavor.
Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
So here I present you with my all time fave turkey burger: the Turkey Zucchini Burger.
Zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, parsley and a good amount of spices mixed with ground turkey, to make one awesome burger.
It is true that this burger is so packed with herbs and veggies, it is actually more akin to turkey meatloaf in patty form.
The other side of the coin is that you’re sneaking in a lot of good and healthy stuff along with the animal protein. Meaning that these burger may be labeled as “healthy” or “clean eating”.
And if you want to whine about it (or about anything else!) I am opening the floor.
Guilt-free, no judgments.
Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
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Adapted from Jerusalem: A CookBook

Ingredients 
Makes about 10 medium size burgers (enough for 4 to 5 people)

Burgers

1 lb / 453 gr organic ground turkey
1 large zucchini, grated
2 scallions, thinly chopped
1 free-range organic egg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

Lemon Yogurt Sauce

1 container (7 oz / 198 gr) plain Greek yogurt
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Chopped scallions for garnish

Directions

In a small bowl combine all sauce ingredients, stir well and set aside.
In a large bowl combine all burger ingredients and with dampened hands shape into burgers (you can also make meatballs if feel like.)
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat and cook burgers, in batches, until golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes per side (it really depends on the size of your burgers.)
Serve warm with lemon yogurt sauce on the side.
  
Nutrition facts

One burger (undressed) yields about 117 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs and 13 grams of protein.

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35 comments:

  1. Oh wow Mike, can't wait to give these bad boys a try!

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    1. That's awesome Rebecca, let me know how you like 'em!

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  2. Yummy! I haven't eaten a burger in ages and these look so good : )

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    1. Then you should eat a burger asap Tam!

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  3. I am seriously at a loss for words at how perfect this turkey burger looks. Everything about it and now it is on my to-make list in the very near future. Ridiculously cool. Thanks!

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    1. Oh man, thank you so much. If you give 'em a try please report back! :)

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  4. Love these! I picked up some ground turkey today and was wondering what sort of turkey burgers I would make, these may be a winner!

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    1. They're absolute winners Hayley, I'm pretty sure you'd love 'em!

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  5. They look fantastic Mike, thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

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  6. This looks so delicious! Definitely going to try this soon!

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  7. You are a riot mike. I cant tell you how much I enjoy your posts and recipies, thank you. A fan

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    1. Thanks Linda, I love to be called a riot. It's so cool!

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  8. Hi Mike, this looks like the perfect burger, love the yogurt sauce.

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    1. I don't know if it's the perfect burger, but it's definitely super tasty!

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  9. Can I have one please?

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  10. This sounds amazing! I'm going to be making this stat...as soon as my doctor lets me have other stuff besides eating veggies and drinking vitamins!

    Thanks for sharing!
    That Comfort Girl

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  11. I just did them with the lemon yogurt sauce too and GOD it was good! I've never tried veggie or half veggie burger before and I'm definitely hooked, thank you for the recipe! :)

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  12. these are right up our alley! great recipe!

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  13. Mike - there's so much awesomeness in this post - I've visited NYC in the summer before, I find it funny how the heat ignites and amplifies all those smells in the subway more than anywhere else-I cannot help but love your mom with a catchphrase like “Buck up kiddo and take responsibility for yourself!”! And, true story, last friday I met a friend at a restaurant and as the place was packed we opted to eat on the patio, about a second after I sat down I started coughing uncontrollably (I thought I was developing allergies after having made it so long) but realized that a woman had been smoking behind me when the waitress came and suggested we move to a booth inside and apologized for her customer...which she didn't need to do - cigarettes are gross and I will take clean lungs over looking badass anyday! Speaking of badass - these burgers surely are badass! - I love love love the zucchini, scallions and cumin in them! After a slight addiction to your spaghetti and meatballs you posted awhile back, I have tried not to make any of your recipes - but these burgers are so gonna happen!

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    1. Thanks Shashi you're making me blush with all your compliments... :)
      And yes the NYC's subway is a terrible place during hot summer months; between the rats and the foul smell there's no safe place

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  14. Sometimes it's nice to whine a bit, even when you've done it to yourself. In fact it's almost impossible not to when you've pushed really hard! We must be on the same wavelength because I have a turkey burger coming out next week, but it's not as clever as yours with the zucchini and rockin' flavors!

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    1. I have to confess I thought of you as a tough chick Kari...I'm glad to know you have a soft side ;)

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  15. I wouldn't even complain if I bit into a juicy burger and the juice got ALL OVER my brand new white t-shirt. Because IT WAS GOOOOOOODDD!

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  16. Hahahaha the Alpha of the Wolfpack isn't allowed to whine! He's gotta be our rock, our foundation! And dude, I'm really loving the mint-yogurt-lemon combo. These burgers sound fantastic!

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    1. "No whining, just howling" that's our motto!

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  17. I am thinking I could form a loaf and bake this like a meatloaf and slice it. I am a big fan of leftover cold meatloaf sandwiches and this would be a glorious change up on my standard meatloaf recipe.

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    1. If you do make a meatloaf you have to report back, I'm curious to try it myself.

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  18. These were delicious! I cooked them for dinner as a burger and topped them with arugula, and the flavor was great. I am thinking I would like to try them as meatballs as suggested as well. Great recipe; thanks for sharing!

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    1. That is awesome, nothing makes me happier than knowing someone tried the recipe and actually loved it. Thank you!

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  19. Made these a few weeks ago, loved them.. been craving them all day and making them again tonight.. YUM! :)

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