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sneaky veggie turkey burgers // cait's plate

sneaky veggie turkey burgers

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 burgers depending on size 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking


minced carrots & zucchini folded into these turkey burgers make them super moist and as flavorful as they are nutritious! they’re sure to be a hit with them entire family.


  • 1 medium zucchini, washed & roughly chopped
  • 2 medium whole carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey (try to opt for no more than 93% lean or the burgers will be dry)
  • For serving: whole wheat hamburger buns, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Place zucchini and carrot into a food processor and pulse until all the veggies are well-minced (see note #1)
  • Add breadcrumbs, egg, olive oil and spices and pulse several times until all ingredients are combined.
  • Place ground turkey into a large mixing bowl and add all pulsed ingredients and use a wooden spoon (or your hands!) to combine.
  • Scoop out mixture (enough to fill the palm of your hand) and roll into a ball then place on the baking sheet, working with your hands to form into a burger shape as needed.  Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until just browned or a meat thermometer reads 165*F.
  • Serve on toasted whole wheat buns with desired toppings


  • If you want a more mold-able texture, squeeze out the veggies in a cheese cloth or towel before adding, though not that it might result in a slightly drier texture, though easier to work with.

Keywords: burgers, healthy, dinner, family dinner, kid-friendly

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