These healthy zesty turkey burgers make a quick lunch or dinner, and are packed full of delicious flavour! Paleo and gluten-free!

Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers | Haute & Healthy Living

I’m pretty sure I haven’t revealed this fact about myself yet, but I LOVE burgers.

This probably surprises a lot of people because for some strange reason, the second people meet me, they think that I’m a vegetarian.

I have NO clue why.

Maybe they assume because we dietitians love our veggies, it automatically makes us vegetarians?!


Just to clear it up, I’m not a vegetarian.

And in my opinion, nothing beats a nice juicy burger.


Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers | Haute & Healthy Living

Similar to meatballs, I really enjoy experimenting with new burger flavours.

I’ll never forget the time when Matt brought me to a place called “The Works” when we first started dating. I was amazed at how many different burger flavours and combos existed!

It blew my mind.

You can basically choose the type of meat you want, whether you want it topped up or naked, and then there’s all of these awesome burgers with fun names to choose from!

Who knew there was so much you could do with a burger?!

Eat it with a bun.

Eat it naked.

Load it with veggies.

Slap on some cheese.

Put the cheese inside the patty.

Serve it with different sauces and spreads.

So yeah….burgers are pretty awesome.

While every once in a while, I enjoy a fully loaded go-big-or-go-home type of burger, for the most part, I try to keep it relatively lean and light since burgers tend to be a regular part of my diet. It just works better for my overall health and fitness goals.

That’s why I love this zesty zucchini turkey burger!

Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers | Haute & Healthy Living

It’s loaded with zucchini which packs it with moisture (and an extra serving of veggies!), and the lemon zest and garlic give it a great zesty flavour!

I highly recommend that you top it up with some tzatziki as well. It compliments the flavours really nicely.

I’ve served this burger naked and with a bun and I love it both ways!

Hope you enjoy this zesty burger!

Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Yield: Makes 4 burgers


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped finely
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and form mixture into four evenly sized patties. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the patties on top of the parchment paper.
  3. Bake patties for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Top with tzatziki, and serve with or without a bun.

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 4 • Calories: 147 • Fat: 3 g • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g • Fibre: 1.3 g • Protein: 28 g • Sugar: 1 g • Sodium: 237 mg • Cholesterol: 101 mg

Elysia, XOXO