Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns | Gluten-Free | Queen of QuinoaTurkey burgers are for sissies. They’re like veggie burgers made from meat. At least that’s what I used to think when I ate red meat. I assumed they lacked flavor, were dry and crumbly, didn’t have that juicy pink center and were plain old boring.

But don’t let the light meat fool you. Turkey burgers are awesome. Not only are they lower calorie, but they typically are lower in fat and easier on your system. Plus, turkey burgers just taste good.

Especially when they’re spiced with fresh oregano and topped with avocado.

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

But how can you make the already healthy turkey burger even healthier? Skip the bun, of course!

Yes, I know, gluten-free bread and hamburger buns are utterly delightful, but sometimes the extra calories feel unnecessary. Wouldn’t you rather save those calories for a piece decadent chocolate cake? Or a slice of heavenly cheesecake?

Skipping that carbo loaded bun can sometimes throw a burger off completely, but not when it’s sandwiched between two slices of char grilled zucchini. Your mind tricks you into thinking you’re eating a bun, but your taste buds outsmart you with the rich, summery taste of grilled vegetables.

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

If you’re still a turkey burger skeptic, this recipe will change your mind.

I promise.

Filled with fresh herbs and garlic, topped with juicy red tomatoes and ripe avocado, and sandwiched between two grilled zucchini slices, these burgers are simply summer in every healthy bite.

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Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns
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recipe type: Entree
serves: 2

  • 8 – 10 oz ground organic, lean turkey meat
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 thick slices of zucchini (or eggplant, summer squash, etc.)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sliced tomato, avocado, cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, etc.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey meat, oregano and garlic cloves, and mix with your hands until fully combined. Form into two patties and set aside.
  2. Heat a grill pan (or outdoor grill) to medium high heat.
  3. Spray the zucchini on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the zucchini to the grill pan, cooking 2 – 3 minutes per side until you have nice grill marks and the zucchini still holds its shape.
  5. Add the turkey burgers to the grill, cooking 3 – 5 minutes per side, until cooked.
  6. Serve between zucchini slices and add your preferred toppings.
  7. Enjoy!

gluten-free | dairy-free | sugar-free | egg-free | nut-free | soy-free


This recipe is shared on: Gluten-Free Wednesdays

About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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  2. Bee says:

    These are the healthiest burgers I have ever seen! And look delicious ;) really have to try it :D

  3. Alexandria says:

    LOL I love your initial thoughts on turkey burgers. I don’t think I can find a zucchini large enough to serve as buns but I this could work with eggplant and ground chicken.

  4. What an awesome idea with the zucchini Buns! And these burgers look awesome!

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  6. Linda says:

    Your turkey burger sounds great, but I especially like the zucchini buns. I’ve used lettuce, but never thought of using zucchini. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this grilling recipe at Gluten-Free Wednesday.

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  8. Fab idea!! I was also thinking this would be good with eggplant/ aubergine. Can’t wait to try it!
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  9. Tori says:

    I made these tonight with eggplant! Added feta to the burger, it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  11. As someone who can’t do the gluten-free breads because they are too high in carbs, you gave me just what I needed. The squash & eggplant are a great way to fill the whole left behind by burger buns. Thanks!!!
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