Here’s a new take on burger night—add some veggies and cheese right into the mix for extra flavor, nutrition, and easy eating. These Zucchini Burgers are so darn good!

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Zucchini Burgers

I’m always looking for ways to make veggies appealing and easy for kids to eat, and adding zucchini to burgers is a favorite. These burgers are super moist and delicious—trust me, I’m super picky about my burgers!

These are a classic burger with grated zucchini in the mix, which means that a pound of beef goes a little farther than usual (which is so helpful given the state of grocery prices!). And it helps ensure that the patties are super moist, no matter how they’re cooked.

I also add the cheese right into the patty, which makes them a little less messy for the kids to eat. Win!

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you need to make this easy family dinner so you know what to pick up at the store.

  • Ground beef: You could also use ground turkey if you prefer.
  • Zucchini: A regular zucchini works here. You can also use yellow summer squash if that’s what you have.
  • Shredded cheese: I use cheddar, though mozzarella, Colby Jack, or Fontina would also work.
  • Mini hamburger buns: I like to make these mini, though you can make them larger and use standard buns if you want.

TIP: Think of these like deluxe burgers with some extras right in the mix!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the basic steps in the recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full info.

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  1. Shred the zucchini and squeeze it very dry with your hands.
  2. Measure out what you need. (You can freeze the rest of to use in smoothies.)
  3. Spread onto a towel and roll up. Squeeze to get out more moisture.
  4. Add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Form into patties and cook.
  6. Flip to cook through.

TIP: I make these slider size, but you can adjust the size as you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these dairy-free?

Sure, just omit the cheese.

When can kids eat a regular burger, bun and all?

It might take until a kiddo is over 3 for them to be able to bite through a classic burger and bun, but that will depend on the thickness and texture of the bun. It’s normal for kids to deconstruct their food for a while!

Can I make these on the grill?

Sure! Grill them as you would any other burger.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Dice up as needed for younger eaters.
  • Serve half of a patty for a baby-led weaning variation.
  • Be sure to squeeze the zucchini dry and spread it onto a towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  • If there’s excess liquid in your pan after you flip the burger, you can drain it off to help the burgers brown more.
  • You can grill these if you prefer.
  • Omit the cheese if needed to make them dairy-free.
  • Serve with cut up fruit or other simple sides like Sauteed Carrots, Roasted Broccoli, or Carrot Fries.

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Let me know if you try this recipe by leaving a comment and a rating. I love hearing from you all!

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Easy Zucchini Burgers

Stretch your ground beef and add a veggie right into moist burger patties with this simple family dinner recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 376kcal
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed very dry (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter or neutral oil
  • Mini hamburger buns (optional)
  • Assorted burger toppings of your choosing such as lettuce, sliced tomato, mayo, and/or ketchup

Instructions

  • Shred the zucchini and squeeze it very dry with your hands.
  • Measure out 1 cup.
  • Spread the zucchini onto a clean kitchen towel and roll up. Squeeze lightly to absorb more moisture.
  • Add to a bowl with the beef, cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix together to make a uniform mixture.
  • Portion out into patties using ¼ cup in each. Flatten to about 1 inch thick.
  • Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and melt and spread it around. Add the patties and cook for 6 minutes. 
  • Flip over and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes or until the patties are cooked through to medium-well (or to you’re liking).
  • Serve with the buns with desired toppings. Or dice up for younger eaters.

Notes

  • Be sure to squeeze the zucchini dry and spread it onto a towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  • If there’s excess liquid in your pan after you flip the burger, you can drain it off to help the burgers brown more.
  • You can grill these if you prefer.
  • Omit the cheese if needed to make them dairy-free.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 482mg, Potassium: 403mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 292IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 129mg, Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Rate in the comments and tag @yummytoddlerfood on IG!

This post was first published May 2019.

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    1. You could make the patties, then freeze in a single layer (or between parchment or wax paper) in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Thaw in the fridge, then pat dry and cook. Or cook them fully, let cool, and freeze. I think both are good options.

    1. Yes, that should work just fine! 375-400 F until cooked through, which may be 8-12 minutes or so depending on how large/thick you make them.