Zucchini Turkey Burgers

source:  skinnytaste.com
source: skinnytaste.com

In honor of turkey day, I thought I’d repost one of my favorite recipes. I’m always struggling to find adequate sources of protein which is not always easy to do in our carbohydrate flooded society. Having a diet that has a high percentage of calories from protein has many advantages (See my post Pro Protein for more details). This recipe gets almost half of its calories from protein.  So if you’re hungry you could eat 2 mouth fulls of pasta or a turkey burger.  The turkey burger will leave you fuller.  The pasta will leave you wanting more.  This recipe is from my favorite recipe site skinnytaste.com.  Gobble, gobble!

Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

For best results: use a hand grater to grate the zucchini, onion and garlic super fine. Get the pan hot before you put the burgers on to get a nice sear, then lowered the flame to the lowest setting to let the burgers cook all the way through, turning a few times so the burgers don’t burn. 

Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5 • Size: 1 burger no bun
Calories: 156 • Fat: 6.8 g • Protein: 18.6 g • Carb: 5.5 g • Fiber: 1.3 g

source:  skinnytaste.com
source: skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:  

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp red onion, grated
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • oil spray

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties.

Heat a large skillet on high heat. When hot, lightly spray oil. Add burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook on one side until browned, then flip. Flip over a few times to prevent burning and to make sure the burgers are cooked all the way through.

If grilling, clean grill well before cooking and spray with oil spray to prevent sticking.

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