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Easy Pesto Turkey Burgers (with veggies!)

A healthy, veggie-packed weeknight dinner the whole family will love.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 small burgers or 6 regular sized


  • 2 cups grated zucchini about 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups baby spinach, finley chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup store-bought or homemade pesto
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 12 slider buns or 6 regular-sized buns, for serving


  • Place grated zucchini in a kitchen towel and squeeze as much liquid out as you can. Add the zucchini to a large bowl. Add spinach, ground turkey, and pesto to the bowl then sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. Use a large spoon to mix all the ingredients evenly into the ground meat.
  • Use your hands to make 12 smaller burger patties or 6 larger burger patties. Place the patties on a plate or on a sheet pan. Place the burgers in the fridge until ready to cook. If your turkey meat is very soft, place patties in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up before cooking or grilling.
  • For grilling, cook on medium heat 4 to 5 minutes per side. For the stove-top, cook burgers in a skillet over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side. The center of the burgers should be 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  • Serve burgers on buns or on a salad. I also love to cut the burgers up for kids to serve for dinner or in a lunch box.
Keyword ground turkey, healthy dinner, turkey burger