Lemony Turkey Kofta on Bulgur with Herb Drizzle

The secret to making these oval-shaped patties ultra moist? Grated zucchini, which not only adds moisture, but also a serving of vegetables.

Prep Time
20 min
25 min


  • 1 cup fine whole-wheat bulgur
  • ¼ 
red bell pepper, 
finely chopped
  • 3 cloves 
garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • ½ cup 
bread crumbs
  • 1 
lemon, zested and 
juiced, divided
  • 1 tsp dried oregano flakes
  • ½ tsp + pinch sea salt, divided
  • ½ tsp 
ground black pepper (TRY: Frontier Organic Black Pepper 
Fine Ground)
  • 1½ tbsp 
olive oil, divided
  • 1 bunch 
fresh flat-leaf 
parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup 
loosely packed 
fresh mint


1. Place oven rack 6 inches below broiler and preheat broiler to high.* Line a baking sheet with foil. Prepare bulgur according to package instructions, adding bell pepper and 1 tsp garlic to cooking liquid. 

2. In a large bowl, combine 
turkey, remaining minced garlic, zucchini, bread crumbs, lemon zest, oregano, ½ tsp salt and black pepper. Mix well and form mixture into 16 oval-shaped patties, each about 3 inches long.

3. Brush patties with 1½ tsp oil 
and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Broil until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. 

4. Meanwhile, to a blender, add lemon juice, remaining 1 tbsp oil, parsley, mint and remaining pinch salt. Blend, adding a few tbsp water if necessary, until smooth. 

5. Fluff bulgur with a fork and 
divide among plates. Top each serving with 4 koftas and drizzle herb sauce over top.

* To use a grill instead of a broiler, preheat grill to medium-high and oil grill racks well. Grill patties, covered, until meat is no longer pink in center, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 4 koftas and ¼ of bulgur and sauce
  • Calories 412
  • Carbohydrate Content 39 g
  • Cholesterol Content 88 mg
  • Fat Content 3 g
  • Fiber Content 16 g
  • Protein Content 31 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 380 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 8 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g