Turkey Zucchini Burger with Tahini Sauce, 
Salsa & Feta

Zucchini is the secret to these extra-moist, Mediterranean-inspired burgers. Serve with lemon wedges alongside.
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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup packed grated zucchini, squeezed very dry
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, divided
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, 
divided
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, divided
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black 
pepper, divided
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded 
and diced
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh 
mint leaves
  • High-heat cooking oil (such as sunflower, safflower or grape seed oil), as needed
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 6-inch whole-grain 
pitas, halved
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta 
cheese, optional

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine turkey, zucchini, 2 tbsp cilantro, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic, green onions, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp salt. Form into 8 1/2-inch-thick patties, then transfer to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Prepare tahini sauce: In a small bowl, combine yogurt, tahini, 1 tbsp lemon juice, remaining 1/2 tsp cumin and 1 clove garlic until smooth, adding up to 3 tbsp water to reach desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Prepare salsa: In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, mint, remaining 2 tbsp cilantro, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/4 tsp pepper. Season with additional salt. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high and lightly oil grate with cooking oil. (NOTE: A nonstick grill pan will work here too.) Mist patties with cooking spray and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until golden brown, no pink remains inside and an instant-read thermometer registers 165˚F when inserted in center.
  5. Divide tahini sauce between pita halves. Place 2 patties into each pocket and divide salsa among burgers. Top with feta (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/2 pita with 2 patties and toppings
  • Calories: 330
  • Carbohydrate Content: 32 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 45 mg
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 36 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 503 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g