Burger night is a staple in our house, but the burgers are usually such a hit that it can be hard to get my girl to eat her veggies. Enter the Zucchini Burger! I put a cup of shredded zucchini (and cheese) right into the meat mixture for a burger that was both her protein and her veggie side.
As an added bonus, making them this way stretched my pound of meat from 5 patties to 6 and it created super moist burgers. We had them for a quick weeknight dinner recently and we will totally be having them again. I might even experiment with adding grated carrot or sweet potato.
Baby Zucchini Burgers
1 pound ground beef
1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed very dry
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon neutral oil or butter
Assorted burger toppings of your choosing
1. Add beef, zucchini, cheese, salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Grind until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Form into small patties.
2. Heat oil in a nonstick or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the burgers, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked to the desired doneness. Serve in rolls, or diced up for your toddler.
You can also cook these on the grill if desired.
Use ground lamb instead of beef and feta for cheddar for Greek burgers.
Try shredded carrot instead of the zucchini.