I’m a big fan of Skinnytaste and her healthy/yummy/do-able recipes for busy Mommas like me. A staple in our house are a version of her turkey burgers. I like making these in huge batches about once a month and putting them in the freezer to be eaten later.
The best thing about these burgers? They have zucchini & carrot in the patty and your family will still gobble them up! When J saw me grating zucchini and pulverizing carrots in the food processor he raised an eyebrow but these burgers still have his stamp of approval.
Turkey Burgers with Sneaky Veggies
(makes around 30 burgers)
- 5 lb lean ground turkey (I buy the Jennie-O Turkey at Sams)
- 2-3 good sized zucchini, grated
- 1 cup carrots, grated (chop in food processor)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, grated (throw in with carrots in food processor)
- 3-4 tbsp onion, you guessed it, grated.
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt n peppa
- Cheese of choice (optional)
- Burger toppings – mustard, mayo, etc.
Directions for freezing:
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Get your hands in there. It’s icky but it’s the only way to make sure everything is mixed well.
- Tear off around 30 sheets of aluminum foil
- Make patties, place in center of foil sheet. Fold sheet in a little packet around the patty, be sure to seal the edges!
- Place burger patties (in foil) in a large freezer-safe baggie. Label the bag with the contents & the date.
- Pat yourself on the back. You just assembled enough turkey burgers for at least 7 meals!
Directions for cooking:
- Remove burger patties from plastic bag and thaw completely
- Heat a skillet on high heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Add burgers to skillet and reduce heat.
- Brown burgers on both sides and flip, flip, flip every few minutes until cooked through.
- When burgers are cooked add cheese (I like shredded mozzarella) and melt over the top
Okay, here’s where I hate myself a little bit. I eat this wrapped in spinach leaves. Now, hear me out, fellow carb-lovers: I have bought burger buns to serve these on before and, while delicious, I have a total George Banks attitude about it. You have to buy too many buns! We were always throwing out buns and I quit. Superfluous buns!
Plus the spinach is healthier and blah blah blah but really I do it because I am cheap and we always have spinach on hand for salads anyway. And also? I really don’t miss the bun because the burger is pretty darn tasty & satisfying in and of itself.