Budget Meal: Turkey Zucchini Burgers

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Servings: 5
Cost per meal: $9.47
Cost per serving: $1.90
Prep time: 30 minutes
Estimated Calories: 250 

If you’re anything like my friends and me, you realize cooking for yourself in college is hard- especially after a long day of classes. It’s on those kinds of days where we’re too lazy to cook that we end up at our favorite burger joint around the corner from our apartment. Although these trendy burger joints are all the rage here in Charlottesville, they certainly aren’t the most economical or healthy option in town.

That’s why I decided to adapt Skinnytaste’s Turkey Zucchini Burgers for this week’s budget meal. Since my apartment complex doesn’t allow outdoor grills, I made mine on a flat skillet on the stove and they turned out wonderfully. So regardless of whether you make them on a traditional grill, a skillet like I did, or a George Foreman grill, they’re a great alternative to that $10 burger you’re craving.

Turkey Zucchini Burgers 

all ingredients


  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey 
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray
  • Sandwich thins
  • Burger toppings of your choosing

1. Combine turkey, grated zucchini, bread crumbs, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix ingredients together thoroughly.

2. Make 5 equal patties.

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3. Place a skillet on the stove on high heat. When hot, spray the skillet with cooking spray.

4. Place the patties on the skillet (my skillet allowed me to cook 4 patties at a time, but you can cook them individually if you don’t have one as large) and reduce the heat to low.

5. Cook the burgers on one side until brown and then flip them to cook the other side. Continue to flip the burgers as you cook them for 8-10 minutes to prevent burning and ensure they are cooked all the way through.

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6. Once the burgers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, they are ready to enjoy!  I put mine on sandwich thins and garnished them with ketchup, mustard, light mayo, and American cheese, but feel free top yours off anyway you desire!

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These burgers would go great with a side of roasted veggies fries like these made by the Voracious Vander or some frozen French fries from your local grocery store. Enjoy!

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