These Zucchini Turkey Burgers are juicy, flavorful, and are going to be your new go-to burgers. So moist thanks to the addition of grated zucchini (1/2 cup in each burger!) and breadcrumbs, these turkey burgers are bursting with flavor thanks to Worcestershire sauce and the perfect blend of herbs and spices. The perfect protein and veggie-packed dinner that the whole family will love!

Turkey zucchini burgers on buns with lettuce tomato, red onions, and avocado. The front burger has a bite taken out of it.

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to keep on hand for veggie-loading. It is so versatile, can easily go sweet or savory, and during the summer months when it is bountiful, it can be added to so many delicious staples to make a good thing a little better (while getting those veggies in, too)!

And that is exactly what zucchini does in these burgers! Turkey burgers are notorious for being dry and boring in the flavor department. But, because I’ve loaded these burgers with grated zucchini for moisture (each burger literally has 1/2 a cup of veggies in it) and added some breadcrumbs to lock in that moisture during the cooking process, these turkey burgers are so juicy while also being veggie-packed! And their flavor is beyond amazing thanks to the addition of Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. Easy to cook on your stove top or grill, enjoy them with your favorite burger toppings and love how easy (and tasty) getting more veggies in can be!

Bonus: they are egg-free, dairy-free and can easily be made gluten free when you use gluten free breadcrumbs, GF buns and swap the Worcestershire sauce for coconut aminos!

Ingredients for turkey zucchini burgers in bowls on a table before being mixed together.

How to make these turkey burgers: step-by-step visual guide

Zucchini grated on a cutting board with metal grater
Grate zucchini.
Grated zucchini in the middle of of a white towel
Take shredded zucchini and put it in the middle of a clean dish towel or several paper towels. 
Grated zucchini wrapped in kitchen towel and being squeezed by a hand with red finger nails.
Wrap up the zucchini with towel and squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible.
The ingredients for turkey zucchini burgers in a large mixing bowl before being mixed together.
In a large bowl, combine drained zucchini, turkey, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and breadcrumbs.
Burger mixture for turkey zucchini burgers in a bowl with a metal spoon in a white mixing bowl.
Using clean hands or a spoon, mix until well combined and the ingredients are even distributed throughout the meat.
4 turkey zucchini burgers on a lined baking sheet before being cooked.
Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties that are 1 inch thick.
Turkey zucchini burger patties in a skillet
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, careful place the burgers in the pan.
Cooked Turkey zucchini burgers in a white skillet
Cook for about 4-5 minutes each side and until the burgers have an internal temperature of 165℉.
A zucchini turkey burger patty on a plate on a bun with avocado, tomato, lettuce and red onions.  There are burger topping and zucchini in bowls next to the plate.
Serve on buns, with your favorite burger toppings.

Tips

  • Be sure to squeeze out the zucchini well! Zucchini naturally has a lot of water, so it is important to squeeze out as much as you can before adding it to the meat. I’ve learned the hard way during testing that skipping it can cause burgers to fall apart due to too much moisture.
  • If you want to cook them on your grill, let them chill in your fridge for about 20-30 minutes so that they can firm up a bit. It will help them keep their shape better. Also, if cooking on your grill, be sure to put a slight indent with your thumb in the middle of each patty. This will help prevent your turkey burger from puffing up on the hot grill and so that your zucchini turkey burgers cook evenly.

Suggested adaptations

  • Use yellow summer squash instead of zucchini. Did you know that they are essentially the same vegetable, just different colors? So if you prefer to use a yellow squash or just have one on hand that needs to be used up, feel free to use it instead of the grated zucchini in these turkey burgers.
  • Make them gluten free by using gluten free breadcrumbs and buns and swapping the Worcestershire sauce in this recipe with coconut aminos.
  • Enjoy them as a burger bowl! My cheeseburger salad is one of my favorite easy dinners and I love throwing theses Zucchini Turkey Burgers on a bed of greens for when I am out of buns or just want a protein-packed salad.
  • Make them with ground chicken instead of turkey. Both will work!
Two zucchini turkey burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato, red onion and avocado

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Turkey zucchini burgers on buns with lettuce tomato, red onions, and avocado. The front burger has a bite taken out of it.
Juicy & Flavorful Zucchini Turkey Burgers served
5 from 11 votes

Juicy & Flavorful Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cuisine: American, Italian
Course: Main Course
These Zucchini Turkey Burgers are juicy, flavorful, and are going to be your new go-to burgers. So moist thanks to the addition of grated zucchini (1/2 cup in each burger!) and breadcrumbs, these turkey burgers are bursting with flavor thanks to Worcestershire sauce and the perfect blend of herbs and spices. The perfect protein and veggie-packed dinner that the whole family will love!

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups grated zucchini, measured before squeezing out liquid
  • 1 pound ground turkey*
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • desired burger toppings

Instructions
 

  • Take shredded zucchini and put it in the middle of a clean dish towel or several paper towels. Wrap up the zucchini with towel and squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible.
  • In a large bowl, combine drained zucchini, turkey, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and breadcrumbs. Using clean hands or a spoon, mix until well combined and the ingredients are even distributed throughout the meat.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties that are 1 inch thick.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, careful place the burgers in the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes each side and until the burgers have an internal temperature of 165℉.
  • Serve on buns, with your favorite burger toppings.

Notes

*this recipe has been tested with ground turkey with varying levels of fat. While a ground turkey with a high fat content will create for a richer flavor, these burgers are delicious with a 95%-99% lean ground meat. 
Tips for grilling
    • If you want to cook them on your grill, let them chill in your fridge for about 20-30 minutes so that they can firm up a bit. It will help them keep their shape better. Also, if cooking on your grill, be sure to put a slight indent with your thumb in the middle of each patty. This will help prevent your turkey burger from puffing up on the hot grill and so that your zucchini turkey burgers cook evenly.
Suggested adaptations 
    • Use yellow summer squash instead of zucchini. Did you know that they are essentially the same vegetable, just different colors? So if you prefer to use a yellow squash or just have one on hand that needs to be use up, feel free to use it instead of the grated zucchini in these turkey burgers.
    • Make them gluten free by using gluten free breadcrumbs and buns and swapping the Worcestershire sauce in this recipe with coconut aminos.
    • Enjoy them as a burger bowl! My cheeseburger salad is one of my favorite easy dinners and I love throwing theses Zucchini Turkey Burgers on a bed of greens for when I am out of buns or just want a protein-packed salad.
    • Make them with ground chicken instead of turkey. Both will work!
Serving: 1burger with bun, Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 960mg, Potassium: 514mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 230IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 4mg