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Turkey Burgers with Zucchini and Cilantro with Yogurt Sauce

You’ve never had turkey burgers like these! Incredibly moist and delicious with a sauce that really kicks up the flavor! Sumac can be found at most supermarkets and Middle Eastern stores. If you cant find it use ground cumin instead and add a little more lemon juice.

Difficulty: Beginner Preparation Time: 20min

Yields: 4 Large Burgers Total Time: 30min


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (94/6)

  • 2 medium zucchini, grated, about 2 cups

  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed to a paste*

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. ground cayenne

  • kosher salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 Tbs canola oil

  • 4 whole wheat or whole grain rolls


  • ¾ cup low fat Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup reduced fat sour cream

  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest

  • 1 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 small garlic clove, mashed to a paste*

  • 1 Tbs. Sumac or Cumin

  • pinch freshly ground pepper



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees-rack in second position from the top. In a large mixing bowl combine the zucchini, onions, egg, garlic paste, mint, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Whisk till well combined. Place a large 10-12” non-stick skillet over a medium-high heat and add the oil. While the oil is heating up Add the ground turkey to the egg mixture and using your hands, mix till all of the ingredients are incorporated. At this point the turkey meat mixture will be very wet and seem hard to handle. Don’t worry- the mixture should be like this and will allow for an unbelievably moist and delicious burger. Roll approximately ¼ of the meat mixture into a large ball and using the palm of your other hand press it into a large patty and slide it into the hot pan. (You can make smaller burgers if you like and use two pans to cook the burgers.) Repeat with the remaining meat. Let the burgers cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the burgers and let them cook for about a minute, then place them in the oven for about 11-12 minutes or until they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the tops have become golden brown. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 3-4 minutes before serving FOR THE SAUCE

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. Don’t be afraid to add more lemon here, as it will really help enhance the flavors of the burger! *To make garlic paste simply dice your garlic, add a teaspoon or so of salt to the garlic and with the flat part of your chefs knife, using a back and forth motion, mash the salt and garlic into a paste. The salt acts like an abrasive-a sort of sandpaper-and helps to turn the garlic into a beautiful paste that will really boost up the flavor in any recipe calling for just diced garlic!

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