Zucchini Burgers Recipe
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Zucchini Burgers Recipe

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With just-picked-from-the-garden-zucchini, your kids won’t even know these burgers are meatless. —Kimberly Danek Pinkson, San Anselmo, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 3 hard-cooked large egg whites, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 slices onion

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 314 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 467mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a sieve or colander, drain zucchini, squeezing to remove excess liquid. Pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the zucchini, onion, bread crumbs, eggs, salt and cayenne. Gently stir in cooked egg whites.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Drop batter by scant 2/3 cupfuls into oil; press lightly to flatten. Fry in batches until golden brown on both sides, using remaining oil as needed.
  3. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato and onion. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zucchini Burgers in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p34

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 252751
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"I enjoyed these but changed a bit! The cooked egg whites really didn't sound good to me and I know that makes them healthier but couldn't do it. I added an egg and doubled the crumbs. They stayed together nicely and were very tasty."

engprof User ID: 889040 250363
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"These were very good, but only after I'd added a fair amount of cumin and turmeric and bumped up the cayenne as others had suggested. I added some oats when the mixture looked too wet, and formed the patties in the morning so they could firm up before dinner. I baked them at 365 for ten minutes per side, and I had to be gentle, but they held together just fine when I flipped them. I served them in pita with chipotle mayo, and we enjoyed them."

leogking User ID: 5911063 200322
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"this should be an all time favorite of all us zuke lovers,it has about everything with it that makes it so great and fullfilling."

MsPattyinLoveland User ID: 5671128 213445
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I first made according to directions. Just like other readers, bland and fell apart. I then changed up the recipe. I processed 2 slices of 12 grain bread and didn't dry the zucchini. I added cilantro, finely chopped peppers (I had red on hand) 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper, cracked black pepper and I made them the night before and let them "rest" in the fridge covered in plastic over night. I grilled them on the grill in a fish basket so that I didn't have to handle them any extra but could just flip the whole thing at once. These turned out fabulous this way. I did make a chipolata mayo for the condiment. Family liked them this way even the grandkids!"

dfausnacht User ID: 1896828 213444
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"As other people said, rather bland--and I even added extra spices!"

Fingland35 User ID: 2152940 189403
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"They did keep falling apart but I enjoyed them. I used red onion which I thought worked well. Zucchini is bland, if you like more spice then I would suggest adding more cayenne or other spice."

NHquilter User ID: 4840415 184131
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"I made these small, added extra cayenne pepper and they were great! Served them on toasted English muffins with tomato and lettuce. We will make them again."

NHquilter User ID: 4840415 189402
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"I made these small, added extra cayenne pepper and they were great! Served them on toasted English muffins with tomato and lettuce. We will make then again."

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 213443
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I'm not an inexperienced cook, and I really struggled with these. They just kept falling apart, even when I made them smaller (as one reviewer suggested). They were also incredibly bland -it could have used salt and pepper, at the very least. We ended up putting using a chipolte mayo on the bun, which helped. I won't be making this again."

AJC22008 User ID: 6823649 152853
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"These were so delish! My only suggestion is to make them kind of small, so everything stays together."

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