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Tofu and eggplant just teamed up to create one EPIC appetizer, friends! These lettuce wraps feature SUPER flavorful crispy tofu and caramelized eggplant with fresh, crunchy veggies, vibrant herbs, and a savory-sweet sesame dipping sauce. If you’re thin…

Crispy Tofu & Eggplant Lettuce Wraps

Tofu and eggplant just teamed up to create one EPIC appetizer, friends! These lettuce wraps feature SUPER flavorful crispy tofu and caramelized eggplant with fresh, crunchy veggies, vibrant herbs, and a savory-sweet sesame dipping sauce. If you’re thinking WOW now, just wait until the first bite!

These 10-ingredient flavor miracles make a crowd-pleasing appetizer for four or light spring or summer meal for two. Let’s get to it!

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Simple Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Whether you’re a party person, a meal prepper, or a picnic lover, we’ve got a salad that can do it ALL! This fresh, crunchy Southwest-inspired quinoa salad features corn, black beans, cilantro, tons of veggies, and a zippy lime vinaigrette. BIG TIME de…

Simple Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Whether you’re a party person, a meal prepper, or a picnic lover, we’ve got a salad that can do it ALL! This fresh, crunchy Southwest-inspired quinoa salad features corn, black beans, cilantro, tons of veggies, and a zippy lime vinaigrette. BIG TIME deliciousness, friends! 

It keeps well, making it perfect for BBQs, picnics, or quick lunches throughout the week. Simple ingredients and just 30 minutes required! Let us show you how it’s done! 

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Turkey Zucchini Burgers

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy meal that your whole family will love? Turkey Zucchini Burgers are the perfect solution! These scrumptious patties combine the goodness of lean turkey with the “sneaky” inclusion of zucchini making them an easy way to get some extra nutrition into your kids’ diet without them even noticing.…

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Are you looking for a delicious and healthy meal that your whole family will love? Turkey Zucchini Burgers are the perfect solution! These scrumptious patties combine the goodness of lean turkey with the “sneaky” inclusion of zucchini making them an easy way to get some extra nutrition into your kids’ diet without them even noticing.

turkey zucchini burgers topped with yogurt sumac sauce.

Why I Love Turkey Zucchini Burgers

  • Healthy and Nutritious: The addition of zucchini in these turkey burgers not only makes them super moist, but it also boosts the nutritional value of the patty. Plus, they’re a high protein, low fat meal option thanks to the lean turkey meat!
  • Kid-Friendly: Not only are these burgers juicy and flavorful, but they also provide a creative way to incorporate zucchini, making them ideal for picky eaters. One of the best ways to get your kids to eat extra veggies is by adding them to unexpected recipes like Spinach Cake Muffins or Roast Vegetable Pasta Sauce!
  • Easy and Versatile: Turkey Zucchini Burgers come together in under 30 minutes and can be cooked on the stovetop or the grill. They’re perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or weekend BBQ with friends!
  • Great Use for Zucchini: During the summer months, zucchini is all over the farmers market and bountiful in many home gardens. If you find yourself with tons of zucchini you need to make this burger recipe ASAP!

The Ingredients

turkey zucchini burger and yogurt sumac sauce ingredients.
  • Ground turkey: You can use light or dark ground turkey meat for this recipe.
  • Zucchini: The “sneaky” star of the show! Zucchini adds valuable nutrients to these burgers, including vitamins A and C, potassium, and dietary fiber. Plus, it gives the burgers some added texture and moistness.
  • Egg: This ingredient helps the burger patties stay together.
  • Herbs and spices: These turkey burgers are full of flavor thanks to the scallion, freshly chopped mint and cilantro along with minced garlic and ground cumin.
  • Hamburger buns: No burger is complete without a toasted bun! You could also make these turkey burgers into sliders and use mini hamburger buns.
  • Toppings of choice: We always top these with a delicious yogurt sumac sauce that takes these burgers to the next level (ingredients and instructions for the sauce are recipe card below!). We also add fresh lettuce, tomato and sliced avocado. Anything you love on a juicy beef burger would go great on this turkey burger too.

*Find the complete list of ingredients with measurements in the recipe card below*

Variations and Substitutions

  • Swap the ground turkey: If you want, you can substitute ground chicken in place of the turkey in this recipe.
  • Ditch the bun: Serve these burgers protein style wrapped in lettuce or opt for gluten free buns if you need!
  • Skip the egg: If you have an egg allergy and need to leave it out, that would be okay. You may want to let the formed patties sit in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before you cook to help the patties stay together.
  • Try it with yellow squash: If you happen to have yellow summer squash on hand and want to use it, you could use squash in place of the zucchini.

How to Make Juicy Turkey Zucchini Burgers

turkey zucchini burger ingredients in large mixing bowl.

Step 1: In a large bowl combine the turkey, grated zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, cilantro, garlic, cumin and salt. Mix well.

Four turkey zucchini burger patties on parchment paper before being cooked.

Step 2: With dampened hands, form the mixture into 4 burgers about 1 inch thick. Or you can make about 8 sliders.

Cooked turkey zucchini burgers on saute pan.

Step 3: Heat a large sauté pan or stove top grill over medium heat and add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Once oil is hot, add the burger patties. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes on each side for small slider burgers or 5-6 minutes on each side for regular size burgers.

Turkey zucchini burgers on buns served with yogurt sumac sauce.

Step 4: Place all the yogurt sumac sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Place the burgers on buns and top with the yogurt-sumac sauce and additional toppings of choice.

Serving Suggestions

Turkey Zucchini Burgers are the perfect recipe for your next easy weeknight dinner or fun summer cookout (hello Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day!). They pair well with a ton of side dishes. Try them with Air Fryer French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries, a fresh summer garden salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad or a batch of Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus or Grilled Lemon Asparagus! The possibilities are endless.

FAQs

Can I cook turkey zucchini burgers on the grill?

Yes, turkey burgers with zucchini can be cooked on the grill. It’s important to preheat and oil the grill to prevent sticking.

How do I keep turkey burgers from falling apart?

Using a binder like an egg helps the burgers stay together. If you need to ditch the egg, refrigerate the formed patties for at least 30 minutes before grilling or cooking to firm them up. This will make them less likely to fall apart during cooking.

Can turkey zucchini burgers be made ahead of time?

Yes! You can form the patties and refrigerate them up to 24 hours before cooking. For longer storage, the patties can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Turkey zucchini burgers with yogurt sumac sauce.

More Easy Recipes with Zucchini

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with this zippy yogurt sumac sauce are one of our favorite summer recipes! They’re easy to make and so full of flavor you’d never know there’s a healthy vegetable in them. If you make these and love them, consider leaving a rating and review below!

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Turkey Zucchini Burgers

Turkey Zucchini Burgers are a tasty solution for parents seeking both nutrition and taste in their family's meals! These scrumptious patties combine the goodness of lean turkey with the "sneaky" inclusion of zucchini, making them a hit with kids and adults alike.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 287kcal

Equipment

  • large sauté pan

Ingredients

Turkey Zucchini Burgers:

Yogurt Sumac Sauce:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the turkey, grated zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, cilantro, garlic, cumin and salt. Mix well.
  • With dampened hands form the mixture into 4 burgers about 1 inch thick or you can do 8 slider size burgers.
  • In a large sauté pan or stove top grill over medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Once oil is hot, add the burger patties. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes on each side for small slider burgers or 5-6 minutes on each side for larger burgers.
  • Place all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the burgers on buns and top with the yogurt-sumac sauce and additional toppings of choice.

Notes

Substitution/Variations:
  • Swap the ground turkey: If you want, you can substitute ground chicken in place of the turkey in this recipe.
  • Ditch the bun: Serve these burgers protein style wrapped in lettuce or opt for gluten free buns if you need!
  • Skip the egg: If you have an egg allergy and need to leave it out, that would be okay. You may want to let the formed patties sit in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before you cook to help the patties stay together.
  • Try it with yellow squash: If you happen to have yellow summer squash on hand and want to use it, you could use squash in place of the zucchini.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3mg

Photos by Matt Armendariz

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Tostadas

These tostadas made with mashed pinto beans are piled high with salsa, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying (and fun!) weeknight meal.

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With the sun working overtime during these hot summer months, I’ve got tacos on my mind (and tortillas in my fridge) 24/7. I love how balanced and fresh Mexican-inspired cuisine can be, and these tostadas are no exception! Crispy tortillas are piled high with mashed pinto beans, salsa, veggies, and cheese for a different spin on your typical taco night. Plus, I love that I can use up any leftover tortillas I have on hand so nothing goes to waste! These are super customizable based on your family’s preferences, so you can add or omit just about anything you want.

close up of a hand holding a tostada.

What Is A Tostada?

The word “tostada” translates to “toasted” in reference to the crispy toasted tortilla shell that serves as the base of the dish. It’s sort of like a flattened taco piled high with filling. It’s also a great way to use up the last of those leftover tortillas that are starting to go stale!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these tostadas:

  • Onion: I used white onion because it was on sale, but yellow or Vidalia will also work well in this recipe.
  • Jalapeño: Adds a bit of heat to the filling.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the filling cook without burning. Neutral cooking oils like canola or vegetable also work well.
  • Pinto Beans: Create a mushy, refried bean-like texture. If you have some leftover, our favorite (Not) Refried Beans can also work well in this recipe!
  • Taco Seasoning: An easy way to add classic Mexican flavors.
  • Water: Helps make the beans easier to mash.
  • Salsa: Adds freshness to the tostadas. I love this Fire Roasted Salsa, but store-bought works just fine.
  • Tostada Shells: These small, crunchy corn tortillas are like a flat hard taco shell. A Mexican open-faced sandwich, if you will!
  • Radishes: Add a delightful, fresh crunch!
  • Slaw Mix: A cheap and easy hack to add extra veggies to this dish.
  • Sour Cream: Adds creaminess and tanginess.
  • Cilantro: Adds a pop of freshness and color.
  • Avocado: Adds a creamy texture. Guacamole also works well.
  • Queso Fresco: Can’t find queso fresco or cotija cheese? Cheddar cheese will do just fine, or omit it altogether.

What Is the Difference Between A Tostada and a Tortilla?

A tostada is a tortilla that has been baked or fried until it is crispy. You can purchase ready-made tostada shells from popular brands like Old El Paso, or you can make your own by baking 6-inch corn tortillas until toasted and crispy.

How to Eat A Tostada

Tostadas are finger foods, so use your hands, not a fork and knife! I like the two-handed method of holding the edges of the tostada and taking bites like a slice of toast. I also like to crack the tostadas into smaller pieces and eat it in smaller bites that way.

side view of tostadas on a piece of parchment paper on a blue table.
holding a tostada over a table topped with tostadas.
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Tostadas

These tostadas made with mashed pinto beans are piled high with salsa, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying (and fun!) weeknight meal.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 535kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.20
  • 1/2 white onion, diced $0.45
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced $0.24
  • 1 1-oz. packet taco seasoning $0.59
  • 2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed $1.78
  • 1 cup water $0.00
  • 8 tostada shells $0.88
  • 1/2 cup salsa $0.49
  • 3 radishes, julienned $0.37
  • 1/2 14-oz. bag pre-chopped slaw mix $0.99
  • 1/4 cup sour cream $0.31
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro $0.12
  • 1 avocado, sliced $0.99
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled queso fresco $0.35

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, onions, jalapeño, and taco seasoning mix to a skillet. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and glossy.
  • Add the drained and rinsed pinto beans to the skillet with 1 cup of water and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until the beans start to dissolve and break down and the liquid reduces to about 1/2.
  • Remove from the heat and mash the bean mixture together. Set aside.
  • Crumble queso fresco, julienne or slice radishes, mince cilantro, thinly the avocado, and gather your premixed cabbage and salsa of choice.
  • Spread out tostada shells on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. This makes the tostadas extra crunchy!
  • Assemble tostadas: The tostada shell will be on the bottom, topped with mashed pinto beans.
  • Then, add all other toppings; divide the pre-chopped slaw mix, salsa, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, avocado, and crumbled queso fresco between all tostadas. Enjoy!

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Notes

This recipe is easily made vegan by leaving off the sour cream and cheese. There are amazing vegan substitutes available for both of those ingredients nowadays, too!

Nutrition

Serving: 2tostadas | Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1649mg | Fiber: 19g

how to make Tostadas – step by step photos

onion, jalapeno, and taco seasoning in a frying pan.

Add the 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 diced white onion, 1 seeded and diced jalapeño, and 1 oz. packet of taco seasoning mix to a skillet. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and glossy.

step 2: add beans and water

Add the 2 cans of drained and rinsed pinto beans to the skillet with 1 cup of water and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until the beans start to dissolve and break down and the liquid reduces by about 1/2.

step 4: mash the beans

Remove from the heat and mash the bean mixture together.

step 6: chopped veggies on cutting board

Crumble 2 Tbsp queso fresco, julienne or slice 3 radishes, mince 2 Tbsp cilantro, thinly slice the avocado, and gather your premixed cabbage and salsa of choice.

step 6 lay out tostadas and toast

Spread out 8 tostada shells on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. This makes the tostadas extra crunchy!

step 7: add beans to tostatdas

Assemble tostadas: The tostada shell will be on the bottom, topped with mashed pinto beans.

8 add all the toppings 1 by 1 to tostadas

Then, add all other toppings; divide the 1/2 bag of pre-chopped slaw mix, 1/2 cup salsa, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, 1 sliced avocado, and 2 Tbsp crumbled queso fresco between all tostadas. Enjoy!

overhead view of tostadas on a piece of parchment paper on a blue table.

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Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Sometimes the only thing that will do is chili cheese fries. Y’know? Luckily, you can now satisfy that craving with this equally comforting vegan version! It feels decadent and special but comes together quickly with wholesome pantry staples (including…

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Just 10 ingredients required to nourish your body AND soul, friends. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Green Goddess Tahini Dip

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green goddess tahini dip recipe

Bored by your dinner plans? This green goddess tahini will liven up any basic meal! I’m always so happy to have it in the refrigerator to serve as an appetizer or snack.

Just a dollop or two brings together random leftovers and simple meals made with veggies, greens, whole grains or beans. You can also spread it onto your sandwiches or wraps. Green goddess tahini is here to save the day. You’ll find many more serving suggestions below.

green goddess tahini sauce ingredients

This recipe was inspired by a similar dip that I grabbed at Whole Foods before hosting girls’ night (I can’t seem to find the brand name). A couple of my friends follow dairy free and vegan diets, so I’m always on the lookout for fun options that satisfy our requirements. As the night went on, we all fell in love with the dip—it’s creamy, rich yet fresh, and satisfying. It’s irresistible.

So, I combined my Best Tahini Sauce (truly the best) with the herbs from my Easy Green Goddess Dressing, and here you have it. You can make this recipe with any combination of cilantro, parsley, basil, dill and/or mint. Add a small handful of fresh tarragon if you can find it for that characteristic green goddess flavor. This dip (or sauce) is lovely in any season and at any holiday. I hope you fall in love with it!

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