Italian-Style Zucchini Burgers

Let’s face it. Going bunless is no fun. But just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to stop stacking your burgers. Thick-cut, grilled zucchini slices make a great bulky-bread substitute and add extra veggie flavor to these Italian-style turkey patties. If snow season’s got your grill buried, bake both in the oven. Bored with burgers? Use this recipe to make meatballs, or cradle cooked patties in lettuce for a creative wrap.

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Italian-Style Zucchini Burgers

Recipe by Amy Clevenger,

Serves: 6


1-1/4 lbs. extra-lean ground turkey
¼ cup quinoa flakes
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
½ tsp. minced garlic (1 clove, minced)
2 Tbsp. tomato sauce
2 eggs

1 large zucchini, sliced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. To make burgers, mix all ingredients together. Shape into patties.

2. For zucchini buns, brush both sides of zucchini slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Grill burgers and zucchini buns until cooked, flipping half way through. Serve with extra tomato sauce. (Note: You can also bake burgers and zucchini in the oven.)


About Amy Clevenger

Amy Clevenger is a Los Angeles-based food blogger. In 2013, she started her popular Instagram account @FantasticallyFit to help keep her accountable in her journey to better health. Clevenger’s brand has since expanded to include and the popular e-recipe book series, Healthy Eats. Clevenger’s passion for healthy eating and cooking began while she was pursuing her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutherine University. Her work with families helped her to realize that living a healthy, happy life starts in the kitchen. She believes clean eating doesn’t have to mean giving up on great taste. Today, Clevenger is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Los Angeles with her three cats, Kailani, Confettu and Harley.

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