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New Recipe: Zucchini Burgers

First, thank you guys SO much for all the support on yesterday’s post. It definitely was a little scary to press publish on that one since money is such a personal and touchy subject, but I almost felt like a fraud NOT addressing it since I talk so much about grocery budgeting and being a bargain shopper on here. I got a LOT of questions about budgeting, how I paid/am paying off my cards, and ways to save money through Twitter, the comments, and email, so I’m planning on doing a follow up post, probably next week. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out and I’m happy to share my experiences with you.

Moving along… a new recipe! A good one, too.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this recipe is inspired by Ruby Tuesday’s. When Wil and I were driving down to visit his mom this weekend, we pulled off the highway to get gas in the middle of nowhere and the options were Ruby Tuesday’s or Waffle House, so you can guess which one we went with. I rarely if ever eat at chains, but Ruby Tuesdays is one of my favorites because they have a great salad bar. There was a lunch special for zucchini sliders (with the salad bar) and I was shocked with how delicious they were! Ruby’s version had red pepper, zucchini, and feta, but they were a little greasy for my taste, so I stole their idea and made a healthified version for dinner last night, and wow. So good.

Zucchini Burgers

This entire recipe as is has 10pts+ and you can find the printable version here. They can be divided however you want to into patties, but I recommend making at least 5 so they are thin enough to cook through because of the raw egg.  These zucchini burgers are super flavorful, moist, and delicious!

To start, here is some of what you need:

  • 1 carrot (not 2)
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 egg (not 2)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

The first step is to grate up the zucchini. I used the large part of a grater to do this, but you can do it in a food processor also.

Now, add 1 tsp of salt to the zucchini mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Go ahead and prep your other veggies while you’re letting it sit – chop up the onion finely and grate the carrot.

Once that is done sitting, the next step is to get the excess moisture out of the zucchini. I used cheese cloth for the first time last night, but you can also do it with paper towels. Place the zucchini on a piece of cheese cloth:

Pull the cheese cloth around the zucchini:

And SQUEEZE. There will be tons of liquid coming out, so do it over and bowl and keep squeezing until liquid is no longer draining out.

I felt like that picture didn’t do it justice, so I measured it:

Almost 2/3 a cup! Crazy. Now put the drained zucchini into a large bowl.

And add in 1 grated carrot, 1/3 cup diced onion (the smaller the better!), 1 egg, and black pepper.

Stir to combine the mixture, making sure everything is spread around evenly.

Add in 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.

And stir again until the flour is well spread throughout the mixture.

Last step, add in 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese.

And gently fold the feta into the mixture until its spread relatively evenly throughout.

Now, time to cook! Heat up a large skillet, and spray with nonstick spray. You can also cook these in oil, but I just went with spray and it worked great. Using your hands or an ice cream scoop or spoon, place rounds of the mixture on the heated pan. The mixture will be wet – don’t worry! It’ll hold together just fine.

Cook about 4-5 minutes, and the flip!

Cook another 4-5 minutes, and then remove from the heat.

I think my lighting was messed up because these look a little burnt in the photos, but they really were perfect!

They are very moist, flavorful, and stayed together really well. The texture is crunchy on the outside, and soft on he inside. They are loaded with veggies, packed with flavor, and absolutely delicious. They taste quite indulgent, but are super healthy – my favorite combo!

You can serve these patties on hamburger buns, english muffins, pita, over salad, or eat them straight up like I did. You can also experiment with your mix ins for the zucchini burgers. Rubys version had red pepper (I’m not sure if they were roasted or raw) which I wolud have added if I had some on hand, but you can also change up the other veggies in here based on what you have. Enjoy!

Do you eat at chain restaurants? What’s your favorite one? After I wrote this I remembered that though I love the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday’s, The Cheesecake Factory is actually my favorite! Really hard to eat there healthy but the food is just so good.. and the cheesecake. I also love Subway and Chipotle, but I don’t know if those count.

54 Responses

  1. This recipe sounds great, I will probably try it next week. I eat out at Outback a bunch. I usually get the 6 oz Outback special ($9.99) :6oz steak (cooked w/out butter) and double order of steamed veggies (cooked w/out butter).

  2. I think these look delicious! Do you think they’d hold up without the feta if I add some bread crumbs?

    Ruby Tuesday is one of my favorite chain places to eat – we usually go there, Panera or Chipotle.

    • Hey Holly! I’m sure they’d work with breadcrumbs. You might have to season it a bit more since the feta adds some salt if you make them without. They were so good I ended up eating them all! Ha.

  3. Those look delicious! I can’t wait for zucchini be everywhere this summer so I can try them.
    My favorite chains are: chop’t and CPK.

  4. These look awesome! I’m going to try them next week :). I really hate eating at chain restaurants (especially because there are so many not chain restaurants in my town) but a friend of mine insists on going to chain restaurants when we go out to dinner, and of all of them I prefer Applebees. I feel like you can get a reasonable calorie dish there that tastes pretty good with their uner 550 menu. You just have to abstain from salt for the rest of your life!

    • haha love the salt comment. I haven’t been to an Applebee’s in YEARS, but they did used to have a menu with points values on it so I liked that.

  5. For your next birthday/major holiday, you NEED a food processor. It’ll make the process of making things like this a breeze. I love veggie burgers like this that *actually* have veggies in them.

  6. They sound delish! Makes me think of a latke!

    • Yes! Very similar. I meant to write something about that because the texture is similar, too. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  7. I love zucchini – and carrots.. this looks amazing and I will be picking these thinsgs up this weekend! Thanks for sharing

  8. I hate American food chain restaurants (99, Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays, etc) but I LOVE italian chain restaurants like the Olive Garden and Bertuccis…”americanized” italian but so delicious!

    Those zucchini burgers look amazing!

  9. Beth, those burgers look amazing!! Thanks for showing step-by-step photos.

    I tried making a light version of fried green tomatoes last night that didn’t turn out quite as well, haha 😉

    I am not a huge fan of most chain restaurants (and IMO, Subway and Chipotle don’t count since they’re nearly fast food.) Umm…I’m trying to think of a chain I like….oh yeah, I like the Japanese/ Sushi chains like Ichiban =)

  10. This is awesome!!!! I love zucchini’s and am really looking for more meatless meals. I will totally be trying this!

  11. Those zucchini sliders look amazing and appetizing.. I will try making them this weekend. Is the wheat flour used to bind everything together?

    • Hi Nina! It does bind it together and also makes the texture a little more cakey. You could probably make it without but I’d use bread crumbs in that case to help soak up some of the moisture from the veggies.

  12. Those look so good!! They actually look really similar to a recipe for zucchini pancakes that my Mom used to make when we were kids. I’ll have to get hers and compare the two… I bet yours is healthier 🙂

  13. I have no idea how zucchini works so well in so many different things- burgers, bread, chocolate cake… it’s so weird! But fantastic at the same time…

    The chain I probably hit up the most is Panera- maybe once or twice a month…

  14. These look delicious! I bet the points plus value for them is pretty low, too. I absolutely hate draining zucchini (it sticks to my hands and everything else), so I’ll have to try out the cheesecloth!

  15. I make something similar to this and it’s amazing! I love it! I’ve never added feta though, so I really want to try this!

  16. that looks really delicious! also could be breakfast for dinner, like a zucchini cake. yum! so they are just 2 pts each? that’s awesome!

  17. sounds yummy. I’m going to try it with some frozen zucchini that I need to use up.

  18. We’ve got tons of zucchini growing in our garden right now and I’ve been looking for some new recipes. Can’t wait to try this.

  19. Hi Beth, these look yummy, but HOLY SMOKES, that’s a lotta liquid!!!!! Crazy. Have a great day.

  20. While I don’t love chain restaurants I usually end up at them because they are more likely to have gluten free menus. I’d say Outback or Red Lobster are my favorites. I do like the Ruby Tuesday salad bar though but those croutons taunt me! lol!

  21. What a coincidence, I’m eating black beans & zucchini pancakes as I read this post! And they look pretty similar:

    You recipe looks delicious. I gotta try that!

  22. oooh I love zucchini burgers and these look wonderful!

  23. I just had these at Ruby’s the other night. Not too bad! I’m with you on the whole avoiding chains for the most part as well. But, yeah, their Salad Bar is AWESOME! I may have to try your recipe soon.

  24. I love Ruby Tuesday’s, the salad bar is my favorite!

  25. because i saw these on your blog, i made them for dinner last night. the zucchini from my CSA has been so delicious and this was a great use. instead of carrot, onion and feta, i added a couple slices of turkey bacon and some baby portabellos which i diced and cooked before adding to the raw zucchini. i am going to try making them with goat cheese next.

    • Oh yay so glad you tried them! Zucchini is plentiful right now and I love how recipes like this are totally customizable to your mood/what’s in your kitchen!

      • totally. plus my bf is not a vegetarian so i wanted to serve him somethign healthy that he wouldnt call rabbit food. i only had about 3/4 of one large zucchini so i added only one (farmers market) egg. because the mushrooms were still a bit moist they did not cook up like burgers but more like moist zucchini pancakes, so i will play with the ratios, but they are good as pancakes too!

  26. These look soooo yummy! I would probably add some Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce on top too! Thanks for the healthy recipe!

    • Ohh that’s a great idea! I was also thinking greek yogurt mixed with a little feta and herbs, or else plain old ketchup!

  27. I just made these and they changed my life! haha 😀 So delicious. I like things spicy so I added a little cayanne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes! So good!!! This will be a new staple recipe!

  28. I made these for my family and they loved them. Here’s my post about them:

  29. Oh man. Just made these for dinner and they were out of this world! Seriously, so, so delicious. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

    Thanks for sharing, brilliant recipe 🙂

  30. I ate at Ruby Tuesday’s on Mother’s Day and ordered the zucchini sliders. I was determined to find a recipe online so I could make them myself because they were so good. I loved your recipe. I made a few small substitutions as I didn’t have any carrots so I used some broccoli slaw, added some garlic and since I’m gluten free i used rice flour. They turned out great. I am excited to now do some experimenting with different flavors!

  31. hi beth! i read your blog everyday and love it! I’ve had these bookmarked since you posted them and finally tried them today!!! I have to say they are AMAZING 😀 definitely worth the annoying grating part haha thanks for the great (and new favorite) recipe!

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  33. I come here from priorfatgirl.com. I tried these with a flax egg like you suggested and they were AWESOME!! Even my husband liked them. Thanks for such a great recipe

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  35. Hi! I work at Ruby Tuesday and was thrilled to see your recipe. I can’t share the exact recipe, obviously, but yours is a pretty good match. Oh, and to cut down the grease, just tell them to hold the butter and mayo. That will also cut down about 200 calories. I’m linking your recipe on my personal blog. =)

  36. thanks for the recipe these were delish:)

  37. Hi Beth,
    I finally tried these! I made them for lunch today. HOLY YUMMINESSSSS!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing such gret recipes!

  38. Beth, I just had these tonight for dinner and they were yummy! I subsitutued the feta cheese with some goat cheese but any cheese I am sure would be good. Cheese makes everything better!

  39. I just had Ruby Tuesday’s version and was wanting some more. Thanks for the idea!!!

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