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Turkey Burgers with Fried Zucchini

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4


  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled or cut into cubes
  • 14 ounces canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • canola olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 large zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • canola olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought olive tapenade
  • 4 hamburger or sandwich rolls lightly toasted


  • Start by preparing your salad. To a medium bowl, toss together the feta cheese, chickpeas, basil, thyme, oregano, crushed red pepper and a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with EVOO, and toss together to combine. Set aside or refrigerate for later use.
  • Next prepare your zucchini. In one bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. In another bowl, whisk together the bread crumbs, flour, parmesan cheese and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Taking one zucchini round at a time, dip them in the egg mixture and then into the floured mixture, making sure that the floured mixture adheres to the rounds. Place the rounds in the hot oil, making sure to not overcrowd the pan. You may need to do this in two batches. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are brown and crispy. Remove from heat and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.
  • Now prepare your turkey burgers. In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, panko bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands or a heavy wooden spoon until the ingredients come together. Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. Set aside.
  • Heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked completely through. Remove the burgers from heat and set aside.
  • Assemble your burgers by layering a small amount of olive tapenade on each bottom of the burger rolls. Place your burger on top and then top with fried zucchini and marinated salad.
  • Eat immediately and enjoy!