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Mini Zucchini Burgers 

Sis, who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into a juicy, flavorful cheeseburger? I mean who?
It’s a classic comfort food, right? But what if I told you that you could enjoy this comfort food while also making a healthy choice? Yup, Yup, you can!!

Today is the day our beloved cheeseburger gets a nutritious LOW CARB makeover. Say hello to the Zucchini Bun Cheeseburger Sliders – a creative twist that swaps out the traditional bun for slices of zucchini, giving you a guilt-free yet mouth smacking alternative!!

FOR THE FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND THE PRINTABLE RECIPE, SCROLL TO SEE THE RECIPE CARD AT THE END. BUT BEFORE YOU SCROLL, CHECK THE HELPFUL INFORMATION THAT I ADDED TO HELPFUL UNDERSTAND HOW THIS RECIPE BENEFITS YOUR HEALTH!

Embracing the Zucchini SIS!:
Zucchini serves as the star of this recipe. Packed with essential nutrients, and is one of my favorite green veggies, offers a range of health benefits. Zucchini is low in calories, making it an ideal choice for those of us looking to snatch our waists OR maintain / lose weight. It’s also a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium.
But what you really need to know, is its high water content aids in hydration and digestion. Yes, we are eating our water with this burger sis!!! By using zucchini slices as buns, you’re not only reducing your carbohydrate intake but also introducing an extra dose of vitamins, fiber AND hydration to your meal.

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchinis, sliced into rounds
1 pound (450g) ground turkey or chicken
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Olive oil for cooking
Fresh chives for garnish

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Instructions:

Prepare the Zucchini Rounds:

Slice the zucchinis into rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.

Make the Mini Burgers:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey or chicken, grated zucchini, grated carrot, chopped onion, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, black pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes (if using). Mix well until all ingredients are evenly combined.

Form the Patties:

Take small portions of the mixture and shape them into mini patties, about the size of the zucchini rounds.

Cook the Patties:

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Assemble the Mini Burgers:

In the same skillet, quickly cook the zucchini rounds until they are slightly softened, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Stack the Burgers:

Place one zucchini round on a plate, top with a mini burger patty, add a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese, and then place another zucchini round on top. Secure with a toothpick if needed. Repeat for all patties and zucchini rounds.

Serve:

Garnish with fresh chives and serve warm.
Enjoy your healthy and delicious mini zucchini burgers!

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